On Wednesday, 14 March 2018 the Hon Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration agents.
Terms of reference for the inquiry and the principles underpinning the conduct of the inquiry are available on this website.
While the Committee is unable to intervene or provide advice or assistance in relation to individual circumstances, it wants to ensure that its findings are informed by those with personal experience.
As such, during the inquiry, the Committee will use several ways to gather evidence from individuals and organisations:
- Public hearings to gather evidence from stakeholders, including government agencies, non-government organisations, and experts in the policy area.
- Written submissions addressing one or more of the terms of reference to be received by Friday, 27 April 2018. For information on how to make a submission, go to our Making a submission to a Committee Inquiry page.
- Two anonymous online questionnaires:
- The first questionnaire enables people who have engaged the services of a migration agent or education agent to make a personal contribution to the inquiry, and will assist the Committee to understand the individual experiences of a broad range of people. The questionnaire for individuals who have engaged an Australian migration or education agent is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/migrationclientsurvey
- The second questionnaire enables Australian migration agents to put forward their views on the current migration agent regulatory regime. The questionnaire for Australian migration agents is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/migrationagents.
Given the sensitive nature of the inquiry, participants are asked to ensure that the names and identifying details of parties involved in immigration matters, particularly children, are not disclosed when providing input to the inquiry.