Become a Migration Advice Professional

Information on becoming a RMA

Under the Migration Act 1958, anyone who uses, or purports to use, knowledge of, or experience in migration procedures to provide advice or assistance must be a registered as a migration agent, unless exempt under the Act.

Registration is governed by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, with requirements including:

  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Being of “good character”
  • Being an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen with a special category visa and‚Äč
  • Hold a current Australian legal practicing certificate or a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

To find out more about the process of becoming an agent, the requirements or the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice, we recommend you visit

PLEASE NOTE: The MIA does not run the Australian Migration Law & Practice Graduate Certificate Course. Details on where to study this course are available from the OMARA.

The Profession

Working as a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) can mean assisting clients in making one of the most important decisions of their lives: helping them migrate to Australia.

Australia’s strong economy, world-class higher education system, multicultural society and stable governance makes it a highly attractive destination for migrants, and in an increasingly interconnected world, demand for the services provided by RMAs has never been higher.

The Migration Act 1958 and its associated Regulations govern Agents’ registration requirements and Code of Conduct, while the profession itself is regulated by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).