2018 will be exciting as it comes with a lot of changes proposed and planned for various areas in the migration and education industries in Australia. These changes will not only affect temporary and permanent Australian visa applicants and visa holders, but also Registered Migration Agents, migration lawyers and other professional directly or indirectly related to this profession.
One thing, however, remains unchanged again this year and that is ME Alliance’s commitment to bridging gaps in the migration and education industries and extending communication between stakeholders, relevant officials and members. We are overwhelmed by the response that we get throughout the year on the prolific networking environment that ME Alliance has been successful in creating.
One of the fruits of our hard work and demonstrator of the regulatory officials’ recognition is the fact that McKkr’s, a major sponsor of ME Alliance, was approved as a CPD and PRP provider under Regulation 9N of the Migration Agents Regulations – the new CPD Framework effective from 1st Jan 2018, ending long existing monopolies in the industry. McKkr’s will now also be offering CPD workshops overseas in addition to its established Australia-wide network. I expect and hope that peak member organisations in the migration industry that have had a monopoly for years will have welcomed this decision and extend their appreciation to Mckkr’s for their achievement, creating and nurturing an environment of support and positivity.
One of the things that I care about most is that our members are timely informed and updated on legislative changes. I have been receiving a great amount of warm response on ME Connect’s efforts and my guidance to fellow members and readers on updates about the changes to 457, 186 and 407 visas.
As I said, the year started with lots of changes and one of the most welcoming and refreshing one was the Department’s name change to the Department of Home Affairs. Its website: border.gov.au now re-directs visitors to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.
So, let’s say cheers to the new beginnings and even stronger ties this year.
Stay tuned and stay connected!