7 Apr 2016

What Is The Migration Agents Registration Authority

What Is The Migration Agents Registration Authority?

 When applying for visas for Australia, it’s not hard to get lost in all the abbreviations and acronyms, so to help you get started, we thought we’d explain just what the MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) is.

The Office of the MARA is attached the the Department of Immigration and Border Protection – otherwise known as the DIBP (if you’d like another acronym thrown in there for good measure).

Migration law in Australia states that all migration agents operating in Australia must register with the Office of MARA, and that all agents registered under this must operate under a very strict Code of Conduct.

The Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority states that:

All complaints about the services of registered, or formerly registered migration agents are appropriately addressed;
Only suitable persons are registered as migration agents, and unsuitable persons are refused registration or re-registration;
Registered agents maintain appropriate knowledge to enable them to provide accurate advice to consumers;
The Office of the MARA works collaboratively with the department and other bodies such as prosecuting or regulatory authorities to address the activities of agents outside its mandate; AND
Consumers understand their rights and agents understand their obligations under the regulatory framework.

MARA also provides information on how migration agents should conduct themselves, as well as providing professional advice and the functions of the governing body. MARA also states what clients should expect when using a registered migration agent to apply for their visa for Australia.

So now you know what the MARA is you can get on with applying for your Australian visa.


If you have any enquiries regarding applying for an Australian visa, contact an Immigracious agent today at

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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