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Australian Government Migration Committee to discuss education agents at hearing

Federal Parliament’s Migration Committee will be holding a public hearing in Canberra on 22 August 2018 as part of its inquiry into the efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration agents.

International education provisionally contributed $32.2 billion to the Australian economy with over 624,000 students studying in Australia. Education agents play a significant role in Australia’s education export sector recruiting overseas students on behalf of education providers. Education agents are involved in almost three-quarters of all international enrolments.

Committee Chair Jason Wood MP said, “the Committee received anecdotal evidence on the fraudulent actions of some unscrupulous education agents as part of its inquiry.

“It’s important that we examine the effectiveness of Australia’s quality assurance framework to protect the interests of international students and consider mechanisms designed to take appropriate enforcement action against education agents engaging in fraudulent or misleading practices”, Mr Wood said.

The Committee will hear evidence from the Department of Education and Training and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

The inquiry is examining issues including:

  • examining the registration and regulation of migration agents in Australia including: education, English proficiency, payment, fee-scheduling as well as the suitability and stringency of the accreditation process and evidence of deficiencies.
  • the nature and prevalence of fraud, professional misconduct and other breaches by registered migration agents, the current review mechanisms for migration agents and the adequacy of penalties.
  • deficiencies and barriers to relevant authorities’ investigation of fraudulent behaviour by registered migration agents in visa applications, including the adequacy of information and evidence sharing between such authorities.
  • evidence of the volumes and patterns of unregistered migration agents and education agents providing unlawful immigration services in Australia.
  • reviewing the appropriateness of migration agents providing other services to clients.

The Committee will also examine integrity issues associated with the Electronic Travel Authority visa.

The full terms of reference are available on the Committee’s website.

Public hearing details: 10.10 am to 11.10 am, Wednesday 22 August 2018, Committee Room 1R4, Parliament House, Canberra.

The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live

Media enquiries:
Office of Jason Wood MP
(03) 9768 9164

For background information:
Joint Standing Committee on Migration
(02) 6277 4560
migration@aph.gov.au

Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website. Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and use the forms to login to My Parliament or to register for a My Parliament account.

Media release issue date: 17 AUGUST 2018

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