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OMARA under fire over 'lack of consultation'

OMARA under fire over 'lack of consultation'

The Office of the Migration Agents Registry Authority (OMARA) has come under fire for failing to consult with enough stakeholders.

Chief executive of OMARA Stephen Wood produced a March update that outlined the priorities of the migration profession after meetings with the board of the Migration Institute of
Australia (MIA).

Migration Alliance's Liana Allan has submitted to Mr Wood grievances from herself and other agents regarding the lack of consultation outside the MIA.

She explained: "The majority of the profession are not MIA members, the majority of the profession are MA members.

"Please could you arrange regular stakeholder meetings which engage with ALL stakeholders on set dates and set times so that ALL stakeholders with an interest in the profession have their views canvassed and heard?"

Ms Allan added that she did not believe that stakeholder meetings with OMARA should take place 'in secret' or without notice or invitation.

The interests of MIA are in stark contrast to Migration Alliance's, Ms Allan continued, and she asked for a personal consultation about the "interests of the profession", given her position in one of the largest professional associations in the migration advice industry.

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