As a registered migration agent you must maintain your own professional library while registered, or ensure you have access to one maintained on site at your place of business or at the location from which you provide immigration assistance. This is a requirement of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
You must maintain a professional library at all times during your registration period.
Why do I need to maintain a professional library?
You must maintain a professional library so you have ongoing access to up-to-date materials at your place of business and any other location from which you provide immigration assistance.
What needs to be in the professional library?
The professional library must include current versions of:
- Migration Act 1958
- Migration Regulations 1994
- other legislation relating to migration procedure, in line with Clause 2.5(a)(iii) of the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents (the Code)
- portfolio policies and procedures, in line with Clause 2.5(a)(iv) of the Code.
Requirements of Clause 2.5 (a)(iii) of the Code - other legislation relating to migration procedure
To ensure you comply with this clause you must maintain current versions of the following legislation:
Australian Government Acts
- Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946
- Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997
- Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997
Australian Government Regulations
- Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Regulations 2001
- Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Regulations 1998
- Migration Agents Regulations 1998
Legislative instruments whose power is given by the Acts and Regulations referred to above.
Requirements of Clause 2.5 (a)(iv) of the Code – portfolio policies and procedures
There are two subscription services that contain portfolio policies and procedures, as required by clause 2.5(a)(iv) of the Code. Those services are LEGENDcom and Lexis Nexis.
When you apply for repeat registration as a migration agent, you must provide evidence that you are currently subscribed, or have access to a subscription, to at least one of these two databases. You must provide evidence that you have activated your subscription (payment of the library subscription is not sufficient).
More information about accessing these subscription services is set out below.
Not complying with Clause 2.5
You are not complying with this clause if you:
- only have access to a physical library, such as a court library or public access library
- only have electronic access to LexisNexis or LEGENDcom through your enrolment in a university or other educational institution that is paying for the subscription
- only hold hard copies of the documents outlined in the clause (hard copies can quickly become out-of-date).
How can I find out more about the two subscription services?
Further information can be found at the LEGENDcom webpage on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Contact 1800 008 717
LexisNexis provide two publications that meet OMARA's requirements:
Australian Immigration Law
Practical Guidance - Immigration Law
Further information can be found at the LexisNexis website
Contact 1800 772 772