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Thursday, 4 February 2010
Page: 469

Senator CORMANN (12:31 PM) —I move opposition amendment (2) on sheet 5969 revised:

(2)   Schedule 2, item 4, page 15 (after line 23), after paragraph 21A(1)(a), insert:

          (aa)   employ or engage only an agent who is:

                  (i)   a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor who has completed the Education Agents Training Course or a recognised equivalent as specified in the regulations; and

                 (ii)   a member of a professional body for education agents if such a body has been specified in the regulations in relation to the area in which the agent operates; and

I previously explained what we are seeking to achieve with the amendment. The opposition is of the view that education agents should at least have a requirement to receive training and be aware of Australian requirements regarding matters such as attendance, work permits, migration et cetera—in fact, that there ought to be a more professional approach than is currently the case. With those few words, I commend the amendment to the Senate.

Question negatived.