The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) is the nation’s leading professional association for migration agents. The members of the MIA accept their responsibility to their clients and the community and shall always act in a way that enhances the integrity of the profession.
The Migration Institute of Australia was established in 1992 and represents Registered Migration Agents and Migration Lawyers in Australia. It has branches and chapters in all States and Territories in Australia and has an overseas chapter based in London. Its membership is comprised of Australia’s most eminent registered migration agents and migration lawyers both in Australia and internationally.
The Migration Institute of Australia is a not-for-profit unlisted public company limited by guarantee and does not have any share capital. It is governed by a Board of Directors and operates under a constitution and strict corporate governance board charter. As required by the Corporations Act, it publishes an Annual Report, which provides a full public disclosure of its activities and finances. The MIA’s financial accounts are externally audited annually.
The MIA is a member of Professions Australia. Other members of Professions Australia include the Australian Dental Association, CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Engineers Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants. In order to belong to Professions Australia members must abide by strict accreditation requirements and ethical standards.
All MIA members must meet strict requirements, they must firstly be nominated and seconded by a Member, probity checks are then carried out and applications are then referred to a membership committee for consideration. Final membership approval is granted by the Board of Directors. MIA members must abide by the MIA Code of Ethics and Practice in order to join and remain a member of the Institute.
MIA Members can attain additional professional status by completing rigorous courses and assessments to become Fellows of the Institute (FMIA) and Associate Fellows (AFMIA).
The MIA exists to support its members by providing up to date information on legislative changes, weekly eNewsletters, mentoring and networking opportunities, professional support and advocacy, a members’ forum (with over 100,000 posts), complimentary travel insurance and sponsor benefits.
The MIA derives its income from membership subscriptions, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and sponsorship from highly reputable companies such as the Commonwealth Bank, LEAP Migration Manager, IELTS, Fenton Green, Lexis Nexis and others.
The MIA holds an annual two day conference in locations rotated between the various states and territories. The MIA Conference welcomes politicians, academics, economists and other collaborators to provide presentations on information with a broad migration focus. MIA conferences host visits and presentations from the sitting Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Assistant Minister for Immigration, the Opposition Shadow Minister for Immigration, the Greens Party Spokesperson on Immigration, other politicians and public sector stakeholders. The conference also welcomes migration advocates and others whose lives have been touched by migration. Past speakers have included activists Julian Burnside, Jessie Taylor and Dr Jamal Rifi; media personalities Waleed Ali, Anh Do and Julia Zemiro; and journalists Peter Mares and Ben Doherty.
The MIA stands for the highest professional standards in its dealings with its stakeholders such as Federal and State Governments, Ministers, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and skills assessing authorities. The MIA regularly liaises with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with its fellow stakeholder, the Law Council of Australia, with whom the Institute shares many members.
Angela Julian-Armitage is the current MIA National President and Kevin Lane, FMIA, is its Chief Operating Officer.
The Migration Institute of Australia and its members are the authority and benchmark for informed, trusted and respected migration practice and leadership.