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About Cathrine, Principal Director

Cathrine Burnett-Wake former Victoria State Member of Parliament

Cathrine Burnett-Wake, the Director and Principal Migration Agent at Ferntree Migration, is a trusted ethical expert in the field of Australian migration. With over two decades of experience in migration and visas, she has built a strong reputation for reliability and excellence. In addition to her successful career, Cathrine has served as a State Member of Parliament for Eastern Victoria and a Councillor of the Yarra Ranges Local Government Area, establishing herself as a respected community and business representative.

With a Master of Laws (Migration) from the Australian National University, Cathrine possesses unique expertise and knowledge that allows her to provide the highest level of advice, ensuring the best outcomes for her clients, ranging from corporate and business to individual cases. Cathrine’s background as a Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) sets her apart from other migration agents. In Cathrine’s role at the AAT, she reviewed and made judgments on visa refusals and cancellations made by the Department of Home Affairs. As a result, she brings industry-leading expertise to her consultancy, which in turn she can help navigate the highly complex migration system to minimise the likelihood of an application being rejected or refused. Cathrine is also a published author on migration matters and has provided expert evidence before the Australian Joint Parliamentary Committees.

At Ferntree Migration, Cathrine and her team goes beyond delivering services. They forges strong partnerships with clients, ensuring that each case receives genuine care and guidance towards achieving their migration goals.

With over 20 years of experience at the highest levels, I am recognised as one of the most knowledgeable Registered Migration Agents in Australia and known amongst fellow migration agents as the go-to expert.

Don’t let wrong immigration advice cost you hard-earned money or put your migration journey to Australia at risk. I’ve witnessed too many people led down the wrong pathways, resulting in visa refusals, causing emotional stress, wasted time, and money.

Cathrine Burnett-Wake

Director & Principal Migration Agent, Ferntree Migration

Our Approach

Deep knowlege, unmatched expertise, absolute integrity.

Initial Consultation

At Ferntree Migration, we offer a confidential initial expert advice consultation. During this consultation, I will offer clarity on your options and the quickest pathways available to help you achieve your migration goals.

Right Visa Pathway

We understand that Australian migration can be overwhelming. With visa rejections at stake, making the right choices is crucial. Our team strategically plans and prepares your visa application with thoroughness and attention to detail to avoid costly errors.

Apply our Knowlege and Experience for Your Situation

With over 40 years of combined migration expertise, we have a profound understanding of Australia’s complex immigration system. Our invaluable insights can help you devise a strategy that aligns with your objectives, using the most efficient visa pathways available.

Quick Turnaround

Our workflow management system seamlessly integrates with the Australian Government Migration digital platform, ensuring efficient application processing with utmost accuracy. We prioritise speed and precision to provide the best service possible.

Results for Your Business

We deeply care and fully understand the importance of helping your business effectively leverage the Australian Migration system to attract top talents that will support your growth. Through our collaborative partnership, we aim to offer you invaluable guidance, ensuring the most favorable outcomes with maximum efficiency in terms of time and cost.

Ten Key Changes to 482 Visa and other Migration Policies Business Owners Must Act on Now

Migration policies in Australia are undergoing significant changes, with recent amendments to the Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visa and the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) and announcements from the May Federal Budget. For business owners...

Unlocking 482 Visa Success: A Hospitality Guide to TSMIT, Market Rates, and Awards

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) stands as a key to accessing the global talent pool, especially for the hospitality sector. Understanding and navigating the intricacies of 482 visa requirements, such as TSMIT, competitive salary offerings, and alignment with relevant awards can be complex. As an expert in 482 visa processes and a trusted partner for AHA, I specialise in simplifying these challenges.

Two Decades of Advocacy: The Case for a Dedicated Family Violence Visa in Australia

Drawing on my twenty-year experience with Australia’s migration system and family violence, I advocate for a specialised visa to aid those trapped in abusive situations. This piece sheds light on the systemic changes needed to protect and empower temporary visa holders facing family violence. Please read and share to support this vital cause.

Important Updates to Australia’s Employer-Sponsored PR Pathways

Important Updates to Australia’s Employer-Sponsored PR Pathways.

The Productivity Commission has reported on a ‘better targeted skilled migration system.’ Read on to find out more, and what they want to abolish.

Today the Productivity Commission publicly released its ‘5-year Productivity Inquiry: Advancing Prosperity.’ Within this report, there were 7 main recommendations for a ‘better targeted skilled migration system.’ Read my latest article to find out more, including which program they suggest abolishing.

Can the Migration Program solve the aged care sector’s critical worker shortage?

The aged care sector’s worker shortage is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Read my latest article for my thoughts on whether the Migration Program can solve the sector’s worker shortage.

What impact does the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) have on Australia’s migration program?

My thoughts on the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) and what it means to the Australian Migration Program.

About Us

Why Ferntree in our name?

Our name isn’t just a brand; it’s a tribute to the stunning environment we call home. Located amidst the lush, fern-filled landscapes of the Dandenong Ranges, our company embodies the local beauty and vibrant community spirit of this unique area. Just as the Dandenong Ranges serve as an inviting gateway to Melbourne’s east, Ferntree Migration aims to be your welcoming gateway to a new life in Australia, helping you navigate the complexities of the Australian immigration system with ease and confidence.
Ferntree Migration is located in beautiful Dandenong Ranges where Puffy Billy lives


Unit 3/1579 Burwood Highway Tecoma, Victoria, 3160 


+61 (03) 9028 4500