Migration Agents operating in Australia are required by law to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). Some Migration Agents operating outside Australia are also registered although this is not compulsory. Education consultants no matter where they are located are not migration agents and are not qualified to give migration advice.
The role of the MARA is to ensure applicants using the services of a registered migration agent receive high quality immigration assistance, and protect the consumer interests of people using the services of a registered migration agent.
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Registered Migration Agents are bound by a Code of Conduct and are required to have an in-depth knowledge of Australian migration law and procedure and to meet high professional and ethical standards.
All registered Migration Agents must:
- meet qualification requirements for registration which include having a sound knowledge of Australian migration law and procedures;
- maintain a professional library and up to date professional knowledge;
- complete ongoing professional training apply for re-registration as a Migration Agent each year;
- be of good character; and
- abide by the Migration Agents Code of Conduct.
Nicholas Houston (MARA Number: 0428 579)
To assist you understand the role of the Department of Immigration and make a successful visa application, we have prepared a document entitled "Ten Tips on Making a Successful Visa Application". This document explains the structure of the migration system and some of its complexities, and provides information about the difference between Education Agents, Migration Agents, and Migration Lawyers and the roles of different participants in the system.
We invite you to request our free publication, "Ten Tips on Making a Successful Visa Application".