Australia allows only a migration lawyer or migration agent to provide migration assistance, advice and consultation.
Lawyers providing immigration advice MUST be admitted to practice law in the State they practice in and MUST hold a legal practicing certificate.
Migration Agents are only required to register with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) (“Migration Agent”).
Lawyers are required to undertake a minimum 4 year Bachelor of Laws Degree, as well as post graduate diploma and training prior to being admitted as a solicitor, whereas a Migration Agent only has to undertake a 6-month migration course to become a migration agent.
The information you disclose to a lawyer in the course receiving their service is protected by Professional Legal Privilege, which means this information is protected from disclosure to a court for example.
Lawyers are also held to a higher standard of conduct as opposed to Migration Agents. By engaging a lawyer you can rest assured your money and rights are protected from unscrupulous agents who maybe just after your money. This is because lawyers can lose their practicing license for any improper or fraudulent conduct towards their clients.