Migration agents' standards to be probed

September 12, 2007 the age

Migration agents will come under the spotlight in a federal government review considering tougher professional guidelines for the industry.

A discussion paper released by Assistant Immigration Minister Teresa Gambaro looks at options for guiding the conduct of agents who provide advice to people seeking residency and/or entry to Australia.

The review will examine whether existing regulations on migration agents are sufficient, the adequacy of registration and complaints procedures, and whether the industry should move towards self-regulation.

It also will canvass whether priority visa processing should be introduced in some circumstances for applications lodged through migration agents.

Ms Gambaro said she wanted to ensure high professional standards and reputations among migration agents as the industry continued to grow.