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Migration agents' regulator to be reviewed



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Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

24 June 2014

Migration agents’ regulator to be reviewed

The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) as an industry regulator will be the subject of an independent review, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said today.

Minister Cash said the review is consistent with the government’s commitment to de-regulation.

“The review will examine and report on the OMARA’s organisational capability and challenges, as well as the quality and effectiveness of its internal controls and governance,” the Minister said.

“It will also examine the regulatory framework and powers of the OMARA to determine if they are still appropriate and identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burden.”

The review will be undertaken by Perth barrister, Dr Christopher N Kendall, who sits on the executive of the Law Council of Australia, is a Commissioner with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, and was formerly a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia.

Dr Kendall will provide a final report to the Assistant Minister in early September 2014.

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