Minister Cash has announced a review of the Office of the MARA. Minister Cash said the review is consistent with the government’s commitment to de-regulation.
The review will be undertaken by Dr Christopher Kendall, who has previously been Dean of Law at Murdoch University, a former Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia and currently sits on the Executive of the Law Council of Australia and is a Commissioner with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.
Independent review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
The government has commissioned an independent review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).
The review will examine and report on the performance of the OMARA as the industry regulator, its organisational capability and challenges, and the quality and effectiveness of its internal controls and governance.
Consistent with the government’s commitment to de-regulation, the review will examine and report on the most appropriate organisational structure for regulating the immigration advice sector in order to protect consumers.
It will also examine the regulatory framework and powers for the OMARA to assess if they are still appropriate and identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burden.
The review will be conducted by an independent reviewer, appointed by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
The independent reviewer will be supported by a secretariat from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
In conducting the review, the reviewer will consult with stakeholders.
The final report will be submitted to the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
The review will be conducted with a view to reporting in early September 2014.
Source: Migration Institute of Australi
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