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The Migration Agents Registration Scheme: Effects And Improvements

Office of Regulation Review submission

This submission was released in August 1994. The submission, in response to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration's inquiry into the Migration Agents Registration Scheme, comments on the effects of the current scheme and highlights some details of the scheme which may require amendment.

It also discusses other approaches the government could take which may help overcome problems in the migration agents market.

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Contents

Introduction

Impact of the Registration Scheme
Registration fees
      Price effects
      Structure of registration fees
      Structure of application fees and renewal fees
Quality assurance aspect
Barriers to entry
      Causes
      Effects
      Summary

Other Measures
Provision of information to consumers
      Consumer warnings and information
      Listing
      Certification
Exclusion of agents
      Negative licensing versus registration
Combinations of measures

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