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The professional association representing migration agents, the Migration Institute of Australia, is concerned about allegations raised on tonight’s Four Corners program on migration and education scams.

“Unfortunately, hearing reports about international students and visa applicants falling prey to unscrupulous operators is not a new issue”, says Maurene Horder, CEO of the Migration Institute of Australia.

In May 2008, the MIA reported 60 rogue agents from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and is unaware if any of these were prosecuted.

Any unethical or illegal behaviour by registered migration agents is not tolerated by the Institute and should be cracked down on by the Department.

“We’ve been asking government to sort out problems with education agents and illegal or unscrupulous operators for an extended period of time. The announcement that education agents will have a register is a first step but doesn’t go far enough in reforming the sector,” says Ms Horder.

A recent independent report, entitled Changing Together, confirms the nature of some of the problems which affects the profession – that the bad behaviour of a minority of unscrupulous operators’ impacts negatively on the entire migration advice profession.

“Following the report’s release, the MIA is acting on a comprehensive range of reforms to strengthen standards and ethics of migration agents.” says Ms Horder. These include:

• Comprehensive reform to the education and training of agents
• Requiring current Registered Migration Agents to requalify to a higher standard of English language and professional competence
• Introduce a tiered system of registration to protect consumers
• Formation of an independent complaints body with the power to review fees

Responsibility for change should be shared by education providers, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

“I wait with interest to see tonight’s Four Corners episode and hope that it will provide an added impetus for the key stakeholders to come together and develop appropriate policies to meet Australia’s educational and immigration interests without anyone being exploited.”

  • Source  :  www.mia.org.au
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    1. Get yourself a Working Holiday Visa
    The £10 Pom fares are intended for people who are serious about having one hell of an adventure on a working holiday in Australia, so you will need to have a Working Holiday Visa to be eligible. You can apply for a visa at any of STA Travel’s 44 branches, or click here to buy it online.
    Eligibility: You must be a UK passport holder aged between 18 and 30 years old inclusive.

    A working holiday visa allows you to live and work in Australia for a period of 12 months. You can work for one employer for a maximum of 6 months, so it gives you time to travel around Australia topping up your funds as you go.

    There are all sorts of jobs available so you will definitely find something to suit you. Click here to see what kind of roles are on offer right now.

    To make it even easier for you to get your working holiday visa sorted in time we’ll also be sending our Mobile Visa Van around the country throughout July. Click here for schedule and pics!

    2. Register online
    It’s not essential to register online, but we suggest that you do. It means that you’ll be eligible for one of the 5 extra ‘golden tickets’ to be drawn once the first 145 £10 fares are sold out.
    Click here to register now.

    You’ll also get some exclusive gifts when you book with us on the 5th August whilst stocks last. Be first in the queue to get your hands on the newly released Rough Guide worth £16.99! 
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    3. Get to one of our selected promotional branches by 8am on Wednesday 5th August.
    There will be eight special STA Travel branches around the country selling the £10 fares on the day. They will be the only branches where you can get them and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So line up, camp out, rent a flat next-door … do whatever it takes to make sure you get there before they are sold out.

    The branches are:

    Belfast, 92/94 Botanic Avenue BT7 1JR
    Birmingham High St, 222-224 Corporation Street B4 6QB
    Bristol, 43 Queens Road BS8 1QQ
    Glasgow, 122 George Street G1 1RF
    Leeds, 88 Vicar Lane LS1 7JH
    London Victoria, 52 Grosvenor Gardens SW1W 0AG
    Manchester, Albert Square 86 Cross Street M2 4LA
    Southampton, 6-8 Civic Centre Road SO14 7FL

    Source  :  www.statravel.co.uk

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    Migration agents operating in Australia are required by law to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA).

    Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA)

    Prior to 1 July 2009, the MIA acted as the MARA under a Deed of Agreement between the MIA and the department. The 2007-08 Review of Statutory Self-Regulation of the Migration Advice Profession, which was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the regulatory scheme, recommended that the government consider establishing a regulatory body separate from the MIA.

    In response to the review recommendation, the Minister announced the establishment of the Office of the MARA as a discrete office attached to the department and headed by a specifically designated senior officer solely responsible for Office of the MARA activities. The new body is located in Sydney and assumed functions from the MIA from 1 July 2009.

    The Office of the MARA is supported by a representative advisory board, which includes a nominee from the MIA, a nominee from the Law Council of Australia, a consumer advocate and a community representative.

    The Office of the MARA undertakes a range of functions including:

    • processing registration and re-registration applications
    • administering the profession’s entrance exam and continuing professional development program
    • monitoring the conduct of registered migration agents
    • investigating complaints about registered migration agents
    • taking appropriate disciplinary action against registered migration agents who breach the migration agents Code of Conduct or otherwise behave in an unprofessional or unethical way.

    See: Office of the MARA website

    Source  :  http://www.immi.gov.au/gateways/agents/regulation-of-advice-profession.htm

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    A PLAN to help up to 124,000 retrenched workers has united the states but drawn criticism in Canberra.

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed a deal with the states and territories to give intensive help to unemployed people aged over 25.

    The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) conference in Darwin agreed to give the jobless access to government-subsidised vocational training.

    Labor says the “compact with retrenched workers” will help up to 124,000 people.

    “Workers who have been retrenched as a consequence of this global recession have lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” Mr Rudd said.

    “Acting to support young Australians who are finding it hard to enter the labour market … represents an important intervention by government.”

    Under the agreement, the Federal Government’s new employment agency Job Services Australia matches retrenched workers, aged over 25, with a path to a qualification.

    The state and territories would set aside training places.

    The training is for people who have been out of work since January 2009 and who are registered with a Job Services Australia provider.

    The entitlement is available from now until the end of 2011.

    It follows an “earn or learn” COAG agreement reached in April to make youths aged 15 to 19 undertake training and guarantee places for 20-24 year-olds in skills development.

    The Rudd Government says it has invested $300 million in programs to help retrenched workers, but it did not provide a cost for the latest one.

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said COAG’s new scheme would prepare Australia for economic recovery.

    “We know only too well how quickly this country can find itself in a situation of serious skills shortage.”

    But Opposition employment participation spokesman Andrew Southcott said training programs for the unemployed had failed when Labor last took that approach in the mid-1990s.

    “Training for training’s sake, without a job at the end of it, is cruel to the unemployed,” Mr Southcott said.

    “The experience around the world is that a skills-first approach for the unemployed tends to be very expensive and you have poor outcomes.”

    Source  :  www.news.com.au

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    If  you have got the right qualifications then why not nurse your career back to health by getting a nursing job in Australia.   work in oz

    If you are a registered nurse/midwife  or enrolled nurse  who has been employed previously in the Australian nursing workforce, but you have not worked as a nurse/midwife in Australia for 12 months, you may be eligible for cash bonuses to encourage you to come back to work in a public or private hospital, or residential aged care home.

    If you are not located  here then why not come and join the thousands of others making the move Nursing in Australia.  

    Firstly, decide whether you want to make the move a permanent one or temporary.  Spend time finding information on where you want to settle in Australia.  Once you have made your decision you will need to choose the right visa for you.

    Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, there is a visa to suit you.  There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in Australia.  You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for a visa to work as a nurse.

    Applying for a visa through a migration agent make sure the agent is registered with MARA.

    http://www.health.wa.gov.au/home/   The government website has job vacancies in Perth.

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    forur cornersFour Corners Emigration is in Administration.

    Website is still live ! 

    www.pomsinoz.com

     

    I just read your threads about this Four Corners Emigration situation. It is indeed a very big concern. I can confirm I just had a phone call from a worried client named Neil who has paid all his fees to Four Corners and is near the end of the process of getting his Visa. Just had his request for medicals and police checks. He told me that he received a letter on Wednesday advising that Four Corners have gone into administration and then a letter today that Migration Bureau have taken over his file. He telephoned Migration Bureau to get some help and was apparently asked to pay some money to have somebody review his file.

    As he has paid all his fees already he was obviously reluctant to pay any more money which is understandable. He wanted to know if from this point he could complete the process on his own. My answer was ‘yes’ in his case. In reality this gentleman counts himself lucky. He should be fine and have his visa shortly. But still needs to contact DIAC and submit the relevant forms to put himself on record and update his correspondence address to make sure he receives all future correspondence from DIAC.

    If there is anybody out there that been affected and want to have a talk to someone I am happy to help if you wish to call me on 0207 427 5975.

    Sammy Naghi
    Australian Solicitor L.S. No: 42619
    Registered Migration Agent No: 0641061
    Direct Tel: +44 (0) 20 7427 5975
    Taylor Hampton Solicitors LLP
    www.emigrate-to-australia.co.uk  

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