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The value proposition for MIA it set and forget?

MIA Membership 2020!

What are you paying for? 

We all associate the beginning of a new financial year with increased fees across the board for most organisations, the Department of Home Affairs, The Administrative Appeals Tribunal, The Federal Circuit and Federal Courts and even the Migration Institute of Australia

Even though most organisations claim that they implement tight fiscal controls, prudent management and pragmatic decisions by their National Office management team and dare we forget, the board… fees go up. 


Well…because we offer “All-Inclusive Membership!!!” 

Oh! – Well in that case, here’s my money!!! 

Woahhh hold up! 

Are you going to give in that easily? 

It seems that the Migration Institute of Australia is hedging their bets that you do! 

From 1 July 2020, membership fees and a substantial proportion of the CPD training fee will be combined into one stock standard membership fee. The reasoning behind this, other than “All-Inclusive Membership” is that there is a new, high quality, continuously improving and exclusive support network that members are offered. 

The question members of the Migration Institute of Australia are asking is… Where? 

However, not only are you paying for an increased fee, you are also getting an opportunity to “Accrue up to seven free CPD points this year, bi-monthly State Chapter member support and OMARA approved CPD events”. 

But there’s a catch!don’t tell anyonebut… it’s only free once you pay the increased member fee ($745 pa) …because its “All-Inclusive Membership” remember? 

Even though there has not been a review of MIA membership fees for at least “the past eight years” the question still remains… What am I paying for? 

Sure…we can forget about how the MIA widely publicised that it was headed for financial ruin because of banking issues in connection with their King Street headquarters and we can also forget about how, even though the MIA had all these issues a couple of months ago, that the MIA has apparently turned a profit and now foreshadows locking the membership into "in house" CPD. 

But that’s not the point… 

The point is that, if you really believe that your MIA membership allows you to remain part of an “advocacy force that is increasingly powerful and relevant towards influencing governmental policies and the immigration agenda for Australia”, then I really do not know what else to say. 

Then again, you could always join a professional organisation that does all of the things the Migration Institute of Australia does, plus more for Free? 

We will see you soon.


Sincerely yours,


Migration Alliance





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  • Guest
    Electric Boogaloo Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    To the person who drafted this article... What's your problem? I'm sick of this argumentative tone between you and MIA. Honestly, do some research and you will find MIA gives us a logo to put on our website! Have you any idea how expensive that logo is to create and maintain? it takes at least 1 individual at MIA who is dedicated solely to membership.

    Please, all we ask is that you check your facts...

  • Guest
    Wei Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Hi Electric Boogaloo, are you the lucky the individual?

    No wonder why the membership fee is so high;)

  • Guest
    Greg someone Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    HILARIOUS! yes it is very expensive to hire a staff member for the logo.

  • Guest
    Felix Velo Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    I will not be renewing my MIA membership this year. Not only does it not represent value for money, it doesn’t give me any benefits. I lost travel insurance, reduced CPD offerings and got shafted with having to deal with incompetent board management

  • Guest
    Brian P Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    MIA = missing in action

    Increased advocacy is such bs they are a flop

  • Guest
    J Nully Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    Won’t renew MIA this year or ever biggest money grab. No such thing as free cpd u already are paying for it. What a joke

  • Guest
    Hooman singh Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    What is the increased fee for? Not worth it

  • Guest
    amanda pellman Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    dear chris your letter is spot on, i do not believe for one minute the claims mia makes, why would i pay increased fee that obviously includes 7 cpd points? it makes no sense, cpd externally is cheaper, i just dont see how they can justify hiring a new staff member when they have had all of these financial problems, its ridiculous. its like the bank increasing interest rates after a rate cut by the rba and then paying the director of said bank a bonus of millions of dollars. its a scam!

  • Guest
    Tanya Kellman Jonson Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Don't know why you would hire an extra staff member when the MIA was struggling for money and telling their members via email that due to the reduced CPD revenue (amongst other things) that they were having severe financial stress and were unsure where they were going to be in a few months time. Just goes to show that prudent management only gets you so far.

  • Joanne - Hammond
    Joanne - Hammond Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    I didn't renew my MIA membership this year. I am very new to the industry and have had to take a break due to illness and couldn't see any point in paying while I'm not working. I haven't missed anything although I have saved a lot of money which comes in handy when your income stream is disrupted! I thought it would be wise to join up to get us much support as possible to begin with, not realising at the time that there were other advocacy/support groups out there doing good works - for free! At least I know what I'm not missing out on.

  • Migration Alliance
    Migration Alliance Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    If you are not willing to identify yourself and you want to write defamatory comments then they will not be published. Defamatory comments are not usually published.

  • Guest
    Peter Iocono Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    just saw the press release from Pete, it is an absolute shambles! He has not really properly read the post, hah!!!!!


    what an absolute shambles!!!!

  • Guest
    Not to be taken for granted Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    I resigned from MIA several years ago. I was a long time member of MIA member and when MA came along I also joined MA. What made me decide leaving MIA at that time was I called up for technical assistance, they replied they would get back, never got back and later at renewal time I emailed the then CEO and asked him how MIA is benefiting members and compared with MA. I never got a reply. MIA Head-Office with a members- paid CEO has not only not looked after members but took us for granted. I do think the State MIA Office holders who volunteer their time for MIA are good fellow agents but MIA at least for many years of my membership since the early 1990s did nothing for me which MA do for us for free plus more.

  • Alan-Collett
    Alan-Collett Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Respectfully Christopher, it would have been better not to diss the other professional body representing migration agents.

    It does you and the MA no credit, and only fires up emotions.

    Best regards.

  • Guest
    Xanya Savro Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Better to call out incompetent management than stay silent. All those suckers just wanting to be taken for a ride. Feel sorry for people who just lie down and take it. Bit silly.

  • Alan-Collett
    Alan-Collett Thursday, 11 July 2019

    And it does you no credit to so crudely describe other migration agents who are comfortable with the MIA's modus operandi.


  • Guest
    Wei Thursday, 11 July 2019

    Alan, with all due respect the CEO of the MIA is not an agent. Do you realise that over half the MIA membership are also MA members? These dual members complain to the MA about the MIA. The MIA CEO is responsible if the ship is sinking. He can and will be described for the job he does. If you can't stand the heat of being a CEO in this profession then get out of the kitchen (and don't send heated emails ahahah). How did the MIA lose $500K (2 months ago John Hourigan email to members) and then about 2 months later suddenly find $500K to break even again. Something very wrong with the accounting in that. Let me be very crude now. The MIA members should be calling on the board to hire a forensic accountant for these issues:
    1. Why did they buy an office in Sydney CBD? Were the members consulted about THEIR MONEY being used for the purchase of this asset? NO! Why not?
    2. Were the members consulted about the sale of the same asset - the office in the Sydney CBD? NO! Why not?
    3. Where was the $500K that was miraculously found in 2 months? If this money could be suddenly found then how? Isn't that a bit problematic.

    Members of the MIA deserve to know where THEIR MONEY has been hiding /lost!!!!! Who's decision was it to buy a property in the first place? Did anyone on the board know the vendor?

  • Guest
    Xanya Savro Thursday, 11 July 2019

    I do not need credit.

    If your comfortable with the MIA mo, then there is no need to put in your 2 cents because we all know where you stand.

  • Alan-Collett
    Alan-Collett Thursday, 11 July 2019

    Sorry, are you saying observations that run contrary to your views are not acceptable?

    That's not a conversation - that's emotion getting in the way of a reasoned discussion.


  • Alan-Collett
    Alan-Collett Thursday, 11 July 2019

    Wei: members delegate authority to the executive.

    Consulting the membership on every issue is patently a recipe for inaction, even if an issue is of significance.

    I'd rather entrust the control and direction of a professional body to an elected executive where individuals can be replaced if needs arise.

    Best regards.

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