As anticipated by Migration Law Updates on 18 April 2019, the Deregulation Bill has now officially lapsed, immediately before the commencement of the new Parliament. It will be up to the new Parliament whether to reintroduce it.
The OMARA’s website has just been updated to reflect the lapsing of the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018 as follows:
Removal of lawyers
On 11 April 2019, the 45th Australian Parliament ended with the announcement of the general election. As a result, all business on the Notice Papers before the House of Representatives and Senate lapsed.
The Bill to remove certain Australian Legal Practitioners from the OMARA regulatory scheme was one such matter and will therefore require reintroduction to Parliament in order to be passed. In the meantime, Australian Legal Practitioners must continue to register with the OMARA in order to provide immigration assistance.
As reported by us on the above date and according to correspondence the writer has received from Parliament, ‘[i]t is [now] a matter for the government to decide if a lapsed bill will be reintroduced in the new Parliament’.
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