Migration lawyers and migration agents
Regulation of migration lawyers is changing
On 22 June 2020, the Australian Government passed the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019.
The Bill removes the need for dual regulation of migration lawyers. After it becomes law, migration lawyers will no longer need to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).
The new law will commence in 6 to 9 months from now. Until then there is no change to your current obligations; migration lawyers still need to be registered with OMARA and hold an Australian practising certificate.
We will update this page as we receive further information about how the new law will affect migration lawyers and agents working for law practices.
For more information, see
- Parliament of Australia - Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019
- Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority News
The media release announcing the passage of the Bill Package can be accessed on the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs’ website.