Migrating to Australia?


Migration Law

For individuals -  We know the decision to migrate to Australia, whether permanently or temporarily is not one taken lightly and the complexities of obtaining your visa can be confronting. We can work with you and advise on visa options and pathways that may be available, prepare and lodge your application and, should you wish, continue to act on your behalf with the Department of Home Affairs until a decision is made on your application.

For those who may have had their Visa application refused or been notified that a Visa is about to be cancelled this can be a very stressful time. There are rigid timelines that need to be met so it is important that you seek advice as quickly as possible. We can assist you with your response and any additional actions that need to be taken to protect your position.

For businesses - If you are looking to employ people who currently do not have the right to work in Australia, navigating the requirements is time consuming. we can take the workload away from you, or work with your HR Department to make it as simple as possible. 

PO Box 417W 
Ballarat West
VIC 3350

0422 531 403


Sun: Closed, Mon-Fri: 8 am-6 pm, Sat: 10 am-4 pm   Phone, video and in person appointments available.  

Migrating to Australia

There are many ways that you can apply to come to Australia to visit, live and work. The challenge can be identifying the pathway that enable you and your family to make that move !

Immigration and Citizenship matters are subject to Australian Federal Law and managed in the first instance by the Department of Home Affairs. Their website is the place to start should you wish to do some initial research on moving to Australia. 


So how can we help ?

We will work with you to advise and assist through the visa application process. We are able to act on your behalf and deal with the Department including preparation and lodgment of applications and any associated documentation, and responding to any additional queries that may arise as your application is processed.

We will keep you updated as your application is prepared and progresses. Once an  application reaches the Department, processing times once can vary greatly from days to even years. It is critical that you understand the status of your application at all times and how this may impact any current visa you hold, as well as things such as your right to work, to leave and return to Australia etc. 

If your migration pathway does not have a realistic prospect of success we will advise you of that. Lodging applications that are likely to be unsuccessful is a waste of your time and money.

Departmental processing times are available at:  immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times


What will it cost ?

There are a number of costs that you will need to pay for any visa application. The Australian Government sets a scale of fees that must accompany each application for them to consider it, they can be found here: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/fees-and-charges/overview

There are also other charges that you may be may be required to pay as part of your application, such as for medicals, or Police record checks.

Our fees do not include any of those costs and are in addition to those. They will be either fixed, or charged at an hourly rate. You will be advised of our fees in advance of any work commencing on your behalf. While every matter is treated individually, our indicative fees are provided below for some common Visa types.


Fees will be advised to you before any work is commenced on your matter. There are a number of different options to meet your requirement's and budget.

Full Service

We will act on your behalf in all dealings with the Department until the first decision is made on your application. This includes preparation and lodgment of all documentation up to and including your application, and then continuing to act on your behalf until the first decision is made on your application. Depending on processing times and the type of visa  you are applying for, this whole process may take months, or in some cases years.  

Indicative Fees for common Visa classes:

  • Partner Visa (onshore and offshore including temporary and permanent applications) $3,800.00*

  • Prospective Marriage Visa $3,800.00*

  • 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (Sponsorship, Nomination + Visa) $5,950.00*

*Plus GST If applicable

Preparation and Lodgment 

We will prepare and lodge your application. Once lodged, any subsequent communications with the Department will then be your responsibility.

Indicative Fees for Common Visa classes:

  • Partner Visa (Initial Temporary Application Only) $1,600.00*

  • Prospective Marriage Visa $1,600.00*

  • 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) (Sponsorship, Nomination + Visa) $3,850.00*

*Plus GST If applicable


Sometimes you may simply need advice on how to proceed with an application you are making yourself, or how best to respond to a letter that you have received from the Department. These matters are generally undertaken at an hourly rate.

Hourly Rate: $300.00*  

*Plus GST If applicable


 Your matter will be given my personal attention. Admitted as a solicitor in 2008 following a full time career in the Royal Australian Navy, I have worked as a Solicitor and Migration Agent, Law Firm Director and in Defence Policy.

 I enjoy finding and implementing practical and achievable visa solutions for clients, tailored to their own set of unique circumstances.

So what should you do next ?

It's simple

  • Contact us using the form below

  • Provide as many details about your situation as you can

  • We will then get back to you and arrange a short phone call to discuss your matter and provide you some indicative costing information and you decide if you wish to continue using our services. There is no obligation to do so.

  • Should you wish to use our services you will receive a written Costs Agreement that sets out our fees for your proposed application.


Please send your enquiry using the form below

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