The Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019 received the Royal Assent on 22 June 2020 and is now the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 [“the Regulation Act”].
The Regulation Act amends the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and contains provisions regarding the Australian legal practitioners providing immigration assistance in Schedule 1, including transitional arrangements, registration periods in Schedule 2,
redundant provisions in Schedule 3, requirement for applicants to provide further information in Schedule 4, fees and charges in Schedule 5, and other amendment in Schedule 6.
The Regulation Act makes it unlawful for the Australian legal practitioners with Unrestricted Practising Certificates to be registered as Registered Migration Agents with OMARA after nine months from the day it receives the Royal Assent (22 June
2020) or earlier if a date is fixed by a Proclamation. The full text of the Regulation Act can be accessed here.