Minister for Education Dan Tehan has today announced new measures to improve transparency about the operation of education agents through the publication of education agent data.
There were 693,750 full-fee paying international students in Australia last year with 75% of international students of these having used an education agent to assist them. International students were worth $35 billion to the Australian economy and support 240,000 jobs last year.
These new measure flow from the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s Report of the inquiry into efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration and education agents:
Recommendation 5: The Committee recommends that the Australian Government establish an education agent register which contains information on the performance of education agents operating in Australia and overseas. The register should include information on whether the education agent has been sanctioned, suspended or had their written agreement with an education provider cancelled.
The International Education Agents Overview Report states that … The Government is working towards full public release of education agent data. Full public release of student outcomes for enrolment and visa outcomes of students recruited by agents will facilitate improved decision-making by providers, agents and students and incentivise providers and agents to work towards better student outcomes.
Our team of immigration agents Melbourne are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) and undergo yearly Continual Professional Development to ensure that they are up to date with changes in Australia’s Immigration Law and Policy.