Experienced advice makes all the difference between a successful and unsuccessful application. Make sure the advice you are given is from an experienced migration professional.
Now, that includes both lawyers and agents!
A good tip when reviewing agents is to look at their registration number. The first two digits of their registration number will tell you the year they were first registered. For example, if an agent’s number starts with ‘08’, this means they were originally registered as an agent in 2008.
The registration number does not provide more information beyond the registration date. However, it does provide you with an indication of the time that the agent has been practising for.
For lawyers, you can go to any of the state or territory law society websites. From the website, you will be able to find out if the lawyer holds a practising certificate.