Law Council of Australia

Federal Dispute Resolution Section

Migration Law Committee

The Migration Law Committee represents the Law Council as an observer at Australian Human Rights Council meetings discussing the current Australian policy of offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

The Immigration Lawyers Association of Australasia (ILAA) was established in 2003. The ILAA joined the Law Council as part of the International Law Section (ILS) in 2005. In 2012, the ILAA changed its name to the Migration Law Committee.

Dual regulation for migration lawyers being dismantled

On 8 May 2015 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced that the Australian Government would adopt a majority of the 24 recommendations made in 2014 Independent Review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA). This will mean that:

Continuing Professional Development

The Migration Law Committee is developing a program of CPD events to complement its annual Immigration Law Conference. Law Council Section members are the first to hear about these CPD events. Please join or renew your membership of the Federal Dispute Resolution Section so that you don't miss out.

Specialist accreditation for immigration lawyers

Accreditation as a specialist in immigration law is available in several jurisdictions.

For more information about:

Legal profession - complaints and discipline

From 1 July 2015 the legal profession in New South Wales and Victoria will be regulated by the Legal Profession Uniform Law. The inter-jurisdictional Legal Services Council will oversee and promote a uniform approach to regulating the legal profession and the delivery of legal services across New South Wales and Victoria, together with a Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation. Day-to-day regulation will remain the responsibility of the existing New South Wales and Victorian regulatory bodies.

The Uniform Law Framework preserves the existing rights of legal practitioners from other States and Territories to practise in New South Wales and Victoria. The Law Council has produced this fact sheet for the information of practitioners from other States and Territories. The Uniform Law Rules can be found on the Legal Services Council website.

In states and territories other than New South Wales and Victoria from 1 July 2015 the regulation of the legal profession has the following objectives:

to ensure that complainants receive adequate notice of the commencement and status of the disciplinary process at relevant stages of the process (including notice of the dismissal of complaints and the reasons for the dismissal)

For further information contact the Committee Chairs:


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