Foundations in immigration law - on demand

Course ID ID20015_BUS

  • Online
  • 6.25
  • Foundation

This on-demand material was recorded in August 2020.

Are you an Australian solicitor interested in practising immigration law?

The Senate recently passed the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019. This means by March 2021, legal practitioners will be able to provide immigration advice to clients without having to be registered as a migration agent.

In light of this exciting development and the existing demand for quality immigration law CPD targeted towards early-career legal practitioners, The College of Law and leading Immigration Law Accredited Specialist, Peter Papadopoulos have teamed up to provide you with ‘Foundations in Immigration Law’.

At the end of this on-demand course, you will learn the fundamentals that are essential when moving into immigration law practice. Such as:

  • Understand the legislative framework underpinning Australian immigration law and the decision-making process.
  • Understand recent immigration updates relating to COVID-19.
  • Make a valid visa application and lodge relevant evidence and submissions.
  • Handle a merits review application at the AAT.
  • Identify jurisdictional error for judicial review application purposes.
  • Understand how and when to lodge a persuasive Ministerial intervention request.
  • Enhance your practice management, client-liaison and advocacy skills in order to effectively assist clients from non-English speaking backgrounds; and
  • Identify ethical and professional responsibility issues that arise in the area of immigration law.

Attendees from past intakes:

  • “Presenter is brilliant!! So informative, and interactive. Cathrine was also great in presenting things from a different perspective.”
  • “One of the best seminars I’ve attended in my 30 years. Material was curated and prepared with care and with effort. A true and complete foundation course.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. Had a practical focus.” ·
  • “This presenter was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Very organised, lots of information. An excellent session.
  • “Fantastic seminar – the presenter’s knowledge of the area is vast, the presentation was engaging throughout the entire day, and Peter’s enthusiasm for this area of the law is infectious. I have benefited enormously from the session.”
  • "Peter was a fantastic presenter. Very knowledgeable, open to answering questions and provided useful examples.”
  • “Fantastic print media. Layout with breaks timed beautifully. Engaging!”
  • “Excellent. Very informative and helpful. Able to answer all questions.”
  • “Extremely well presented by Peter and Cathrine. Fun, vibrant. Knowledge gained was extremely relevant. Thank you”

This on-demand course satisfies all mandatory CPD categories and you may claim 6 CPD units. Please consult the CPD rules for your state to ascertain how many CPD points you can claim for private study of audio/visual material during the CPD year.  


Full Price $420.00

Alumni/Member Price $378.00


Start date:

07 September 2020

End date:

15 January 2021

About This Course

Presenter biography

Peter Papadopoulos Peter Papadopoulos Accredited Specialist, Immigration law

After graduating with Honours in Law and Commerce at The University of Melbourne and completing his articles of clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Peter was admitted to practice in 1996. He has worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King Wood Mallesons) and Gadens Lawyers. He has also worked as a Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & Young. Currently, Peter is the Chair of The College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone Assessment Advisory Committee and runs his own specialist migration law practice in both Sydney and Melbourne. He has also been a registered migration agent since 1997.

Peter is recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter has been voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers International list for Australia. He is also an active member of the Migration Law Committees of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria.

Since 1999, Peter has been actively involved in continuing legal education through his preparation and presentation of CPD programs for the Council of Australasian Tribunals, Law Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, The College of Law, Law Institute of Victoria, Law Society of Western Australia, Migration Practice Essentials and Lexis Nexis. Since 2008, he has been a contributing author for the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication.


Cathrine Burnett-Wake Cathrine Burnett-Wake Member, AAT Migration & Refugee Division, General Division

Cathrine was appointed as a full-time member to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in December 2017.

Prior to her appointment she worked in private practice as Registered Migration Agent for 15 years in Australia and the UK and was director of a law firm specialising in immigration law.

Additionally, Cathrine was a long-serving volunteer of 12 years at Casey Cardina Legal Service, providing migration advice with a focus on assisting CALD women on temporary visas experiencing family violence.

Cathrine is a graduate of the ANU, completing a LLM (Migration) and was awarded the Fragomen Prize for attaining the highest academic results in her graduating year. She is a published author on migration matters and over the years has been a regular contributor to government led migration issues, providing written submissions and verbal evidence.

Cathrine is also a film producer with her most recent released short-film, 'The last time I saw you,' a story about a young Hazara refugee and her difficulties fitting in socially, currently on the international film circuit which has taken out numerous awards internationally and at home in Australia, including being runner up at Tropfest.