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    Hello All,
    [FONT=arial]I am a regular visitor to Jakarta because my fiancĂ© is from there. We both love the energy of RI’s capital and the cheerful resilience of its people. We intend to relocate from Melbourne in the near future.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]I wish to find a job as a Legal Consultant, Paralegal, Migration Agent or similar role.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]About me:[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]- Lawyer with 5 years experience[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]- Practice: Corporate, Commercial, Contract, Litigation, Government & Administration, Immigration (Australian)[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]- Background: Private Practice (law firm and immigration agency), United Nations, Australian Government[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]- Bahasa Indonesia: Limited but improving (currently studying)[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]- CV and references available[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial]Helpful advice, discussion about opportunities, etc most welcome – many kind thanks in advance.


  • #2
    Sounds like you're in a good position to open your own travel/education agent to Australia. Your service would be to help Indonesian high school graduates get into Australian universities. If they don't have the required English proficiency, then arrange for them to get into an English language school. You can also help the parents when they're visiting.


    • #3
      Hey Injun many thanks for your good advice, I was pleased to read your post. We've been considering exactly this option....she has her own business interest in JKT, and this could be mine, as I've got the know-how and a few contacts here in oz which could help make it work. Also career-wise, helping Indos to access study and life/work opportunities in oz and elsewhere would be a rewarding occupation, I reckon.


      • #4
        lawyering, sounds good, but it's really hard to be done in Indonesia, as it involved lobbying, politics, and networking. But for expat, corporate, capital and financial field perhabs a good opportunity. Try baker Mc Kenzie indonesia. do not forget to find information, what type of license you would need to be practice in Indonesia.
        life is simple, eat, sleep, fly.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Metropolis View Post
          Hey Injun many thanks for your good advice, I was pleased to read your post. We've been considering exactly this option....she has her own business interest in JKT, and this could be mine, as I've got the know-how and a few contacts here in oz which could help make it work. Also career-wise, helping Indos to access study and life/work opportunities in oz and elsewhere would be a rewarding occupation, I reckon.
          You're welcome.

          I don't know about Australia, but in USA many English language schools pay commission to anybody that brings a new student in, especially if you agree to become their local agent. Just one more piece of information to research. In order for you to work legally in Indonesia, I think you're gonna need to set up a foreign investment company. You're gonna need to research that as well.

          Here's a starting point:


          • #6
            Index thanks for the link and your words to the wise... Foreign Counsel at major Indo firms tend to be senior chaps with millions of years of experience... My background is solid but not quite that extensive, and therefore I need to adjust my sights accordingly. Great to hear from you tho, thanks again.

            Also cheers to you Injun, you are 100 per cent right, business structure is a critical issue re. agent work - am getting advice on this now.

            Have a great weekend!


            • #7
              hi, you can check here
              theres a Legal Officer job available there. Good luck!


              • #8
                Do NOT forget to get a prenup!!!!! I don't say that for selfish purposes, i say it due to some Indonesian laws... for example we can't legally own land here because we do not have a prenup as I am American and she is Indonesian. Foreigners are not allowed to own land and Indonesia views marriage as everything belongs to both husband and wife, but a prenup would resolve said issue... no such thing as a postnup either, won't work.
                Last edited by OomBen; 21-02-12, 14:12.
                Tolak orang gila


                • #9
                  Wow, it really is great to get such thoughtful replies to my post...I thought I would be lucky to get one!

                  Many kind thanks Felicity for thinking of me and posting that link, and OomBen, your cautionary advice about prenups, and observations about Indo law, are most welcome indeed.

                  By the way, no tangible news for on the job front as yet... however, I reckon something could change between now and the next few weeks, and also plans for a small-scale immi agency are tracking nicely, so all good for now. Have a great week forumers!


                  • #10
                    Hi All, it's been a while (actually a year) and just thought I'd let you know the latest....

                    Mi fiance and I have successfully run a migration and education agency in Jakarta since October 2012. We specialise in connecting Indonesians with study and visa (including PR) options in Australia, and also provide general legal advice and assistance (residential tenancies, consumer credit, etc) for Indonesians living in Australia. Obviously we have a competitive advantage compared to our Australian-based competitors due to lower operating costs in Indonesia.

                    Middle-class Indos have an increasingly international outlook in respect of their careers and lifestyles, and certainly our business is tapping into the demand which flows from that. Early days yet, and I am certainly no Richard Branson, but so far so good.

                    In contrast to the West, Indonesia is posting solid increases in annual growth, which is creating opportunities for locals and expats alike. However the the business environment here is of course very non-transparent and unpredictable. Without the loyal support of a clever Indo national (such as Indo wife or trusted business partner), succeeding in business here would be very difficult. In this connection I note with interest the emergence of business development enterprises in Jakarta catering to expats which may be a good alternative depending on the individuals involved. Obviously you would need to proceed with caution in dealing with such entities.

                    Anyway hope my experience may be useful for other expats looking to make a go of life and work in Indo, cheers.


                    • #11
                      Thanks for the update, it does seem like you're doing well.


                      • #12
                        No worries and I forgot to mention in my last post that your suggestions about providing education services etc helped to confirm and steer our plans in that direction, thanks for that


                        • #13
                          Out of curiosity, where do you send most of your students? I used to have a bunch of Indonesian friends who studied in Perth. Do most of them go to English language schools first, or straight to universities?


                          • #14
                            Hi Nimbus, most of our students are going to Melbourne, with the remainder choosing Sydney. This is mainly because we have the connections in Melb, not just with the schools and partner agencies, but also in terms of accommodation options, general support, and in some cases, we even provide assistance with finding part time job opportunities. That said, we have capacity to get students to schools all around Aust, and also a few in Singapore, the UK and the US.

                            Perth is an attractive option because it is a mere 3.5 hour flight from Jakarta, and is perceived to be a 'boom town' with plenty of opportunities (which is probably right), but does suffer from the 'boring' tag among students who want to be at the centre of the action. The attractions of Melb speak for themselves, and also has a well-established Indo expat and student community, and generally enjoys a good reputation.

                            As for English requirements, students always want to skip further English studies and get straight into the course. Students intending to go to Uni tend to borderline in respect of meeting the IELTS requirement attached their chosen course. Some need undertake an ELICOS course first, while others undertake a Foundation studies (in cases where English is sufficient, but the overall high school scores are too low for direct entry into chosen course).

                            Regarding private colleges and TAFEs ('the VET sector'), as Indonesia is a Level 2 country for subclass 572 student visa purposes (which is the subclass required for VET courses), students can avoid IELTS and undertake a 'placement test' administered by the school. They can skip ELICOS if they pass this test to the satisfaction of the school.


                            • #15
                              Quite a big market.

                              China 159,691
                              India 72,801
                              Republic of Korea 29,933
                              Vietnam 23,738
                              Malaysia 22,836
                              Thailand 21,701
                              Indonesia 17,921
                              Nepal 17,780
                              Brazil 15,285
                              Saudi Arabia 11,772
                              All nationalities 557,425
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