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Nov2017

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Hello everyone,

Not sure if there are¬†any topics about this job but I looked around a bit and couldn't find anything ūüėě

So I'm currently working as a childcare group leader and was thinking to change a career becoming a migration agent.

I did a bit of research and I know after obtaining a degree you still need to pass the capstone assessment, meet English requirement and register with OMARA, etc., just wanna prepare myself before actually changing my career!

Are there any migration agents here or if you know someone who's currently in this field could you please share some information about¬†this job? The pros and cons, the working environment, as well as the wage range if possible ūüôā

Thanks in advance!

 

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Hi @Nov2017 we have a few agents on here who may advise on the process. @wrussell @Raul Senise I’m not sure if @Alan Collett is still doing migration, Alan? 


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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There are 7300+ registered migration agents, and many more unregistered agents who are encouraged to operate and most applicants, companies excepted, do not engage the services of a RMA. The way things are going lawyers will soon be able to give migration advice without registering with OMARA.

May I suggest that you:

divide the (reducing) number of visa grants for represented applicants by the number of registered and unregistered representatives

check the failure rate of Capstone candidates

calculate the annual cost of remaining registered

make sure you have a second source of income

BTW In my spare time I look after 3 grandchildren 24/7 I am about to try to drag them out of bed. The year 10 girl did her first ever shift at McDonalds last night, one has the flu and the other one will tell me what she wants for breakfast, later. Easy! cf. doing battle with the department of racialism, OMARA, and various other unaccountable bodies.

Best of luck. 

 

 

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Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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20 hours ago, The Pom Queen said:

Hi @Nov2017 we have a few agents on here who may advise on the process. @wrussell @Raul Senise 

I’m not sure if @Alan Collett is still doing migration, Alan? 

 

I sure am - but tax work takes up more of my time these days, which is perhaps why you don't see quite so much of me on here ...

Best regards.

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Managing Director, Go Matilda Visas - www.gomatilda.com

Registered Migration Agent Number 0102534; Registered Tax Agent (Australia)

Chartered Accountant (UK, and Australia)

T - 023 81 66 11 55 (UK) or 03 9935 2929 (Australia)

E - alan.collett@gomatilda.com and acollett@bdhtax.com

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3 hours ago, Alan Collett said:

 

I sure am - but tax work takes up more of my time these days, which is perhaps why you don't see quite so much of me on here ...

Best regards.

Cheers Alan.

I haven’t been around on the forums myself this last 12 months and I know when we were last chatting you had gone in to the tax side, I hadn’t realised you had kept doing migration also. It doesn’t help that on my iPad I can’t see any signatures unless they are reported. 

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If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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BTW speaking of tax and the OMARA,

I received  the attached from a Deputy Commissar. I let him know that he was one step away from an action for abuse of office. I had to respond, because it was possible that some party had claimed have paid me a commission.

There was a discussion about my professional fees being less than the industry average - I wonder where the ATO might have discovered that!

For example I charged only a $250 professional fee to lodge a 410. All I had to do was update the previous application, get the client to sign it plus a 956 and ask him if he wanted another cup of coffee before he went on his way and posted the Express Post Envelope to Western Australia - run time 30 minutes plus or minus.

How much should I have charge for 30 minutes work?

Your fee for MRT applications is much lower than the industry average. I wonder where you found that out? I reported my AVERAGE fee to a certain party and since I act pro bono for my clients who finish up in the MRT (i have won them all) my AVERAGE  fee (which I took to be the arithmetic mean) was likely to be less than the industry average.

If you find yourself undergoing a desk audit where there is an issue about the $6 you invested in fish food for the aquarium in your waiting room, download the ATO annual report and see how much they paid for pot plants to adorn their offices. Last time I checked it was $240000.

John Arthur Spenkelink was executed in Florida in 1979. He spent his final days writing these last words on various pieces of mail: ‚ÄúCapital punishment means those without the capital get the punishment.‚ÄĚ

 

 

 

 

OMARA and ATO.pdf


Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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3 hours ago, wrussell said:

BTW speaking of tax and the OMARA,

I received  the attached from a Deputy Commissar. I let him know that he was one step away from an action for abuse of office. I had to respond, because it was possible that some party had claimed have paid me a commission.

There was a discussion about my professional fees being less than the industry average - I wonder where the ATO might have discovered that!

For example I charged only a $250 professional fee to lodge a 410. All I had to do was update the previous application, get the client to sign it plus a 956 and ask him if he wanted another cup of coffee before he went on his way and posted the Express Post Envelope to Western Australia - run time 30 minutes plus or minus.

How much should I have charge for 30 minutes work?

Your fee for MRT applications is much lower than the industry average. I wonder where you found that out? I reported my AVERAGE fee to a certain party and since I act pro bono for my clients who finish up in the MRT (i have won them all) my AVERAGE  fee (which I took to be the arithmetic mean) was likely to be less than the industry average.

If you find yourself undergoing a desk audit where there is an issue about the $6 you invested in fish food for the aquarium in your waiting room, download the ATO annual report and see how much they paid for pot plants to adorn their offices. Last time I checked it was $240000.

John Arthur Spenkelink was executed in Florida in 1979. He spent his final days writing these last words on various pieces of mail: ‚ÄúCapital punishment means those without the capital get the punishment.‚ÄĚ

 

 

 

 

OMARA and ATO.pdf

It's just analytics mate.

They do it across all professions.  The ATO have a huge amount of data.  With AI, it is likely that a human never saw that letter, the analysis would have been done automatically and letters issued based on certain parameters.

If your return is legit, you'll be fine and I doubt there will be any further action.

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It is not good practice to put your name to documents you have not seen.

I have found the ATO not too bad.  Due to a cut and past I once inadvertently claimed depreciation twice a bloke form the ATO phoned me and asked for permission to correct my error.


Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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