Your friends' advice may be good in some areas of life but when it comes to immigration, consider that Migration law is one of the more changeable and complex areas of Australian law. Within just a few hours the Migration Act and Regulations can change to exclude someone who may have been previously eligible for the desired visa. Each individual has a different set of circumstances, background and intentions, so what may have worked for a friend will not necessarily work for you.
More information on the benefits of using a registered migration can be found here.
How to choose a migration agent
When considering selecting a migration agent, it is important to review the following:
For extra assurance, speak with people who have used the migration agent you are considering using, alternatively you may be able to view the migration agent's Testimonials page.