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Migration practice essentials: practice skills and ethics - on-demand

Course ID ID21001_BUS1

  • Online
  • 4
  • Foundation

This on-demand course was recorded on 12 and 19 of February 2021. You can purchase and access this content at any time.

Are you an Australian lawyer interested in practising immigration law?

Now that the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 has been fully implemented, since 22 March 2021 all Australian legal practitioners are able to provide immigration advice to clients without having to be registered as a migration agent.

The College of Law and leading Immigration Law Accredited Specialist, Peter Papadopoulos have teamed up to provide you with ‘Migration Practice Essentials’, a course program targeted towards migration lawyers and other legal practitioners seeking to diversify their practice. The course program comprises three parts/courses which can be purchased on a stand-alone basis or in any multiple combination:

  • Part 1 - Practice Skills and Ethics - on-demand (4 hours)
  • Part 2 - Visa Fundamentals – on-demand (6 hours). To find out more about this course, click here
  • Part 3 - Character and beyond primary decisions – on-demand (6 hours). To find out more about this course, click here

At the end of this first part of the course program covering Practice Skills and Ethics, you will:

  • Understand the legislative framework underpinning Australian immigration law and the Department of Home Affairs’ visa decision-making process
  • Understand how to prepare and lodge visa applications, including how to use ImmiAccount
  • Appreciate the essential research skills and tools required for successful migration law practice, including how to effectively navigate LegendCOM
  • Identify ethical and professional responsibility issues that arise in the area of immigration law
  • Enhance your practice management, client-liaison and advocacy skills in order to effectively assist clients from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Understand how the end of dual regulation will affect the practice of migration law

Speakers are:

  • Peter Papadopoulos, Accredited Specialist, Immigration law
  • Rola Hijwel, Principal, Hijwel Migration Lawyers
  • Lorenzo Boccabella, Barrister, Queensland Bar

People who have attended past immigration CPD courses with Peter Papadopoulos have had this to say:

  • “Presenters very informative, good information materials.”
  • “Presenter is brilliant!! So informative, and interactive.”
  • “I found the presentation was very well organised and delivered well.”
  • “I found it was action packed. Very Informative and extremely relevant. Peter definitely made the presentation a great joy and value for money.”

Due to new reporting requirements introduced by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia on 1 April 2021, practitioners holding WA practising certificates are not currently eligible to claim CPD points for this product.


Full Price $396.00

Alumni/Member Price $356.40


End date:

30 June 2023

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 runs his own specialist migration law practice in both Sydney and Melbourne. He is the General Editor of the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication. Prior to the end of the dual regulation of migration lawyers which took effect in March 2021, Peter had been registered as a 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 a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section Executive and an active member of the Migration Law Committees of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Institute of Victoria. He is also a member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group established by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP.

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.


Rola Hijwel  Rola Hijwel Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

Rola is the Principal of Hijwel Migration Lawyers and an accredited specialist in Immigration Law. Rola has almost 20 years’ of in-depth experience, knowledge and expertise in Immigration Law and specialises in assisting clients with with all corporate and individual visa application matters, visa cancellation, character and health matters as well as appeals to the AAT and Federal Courts.


Lorenzo Boccabella Lorenzo Boccabella Barrister, Queensland Bar

With over 35 years of practice, Lorenzo is recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers in the migration advice space. Over the years, Lorenzo has appeared in all Australian Tribunals and Courts dealing with migration matters, including the High Court, all Federal Courts, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal (as they then were) and the Magistrates Court (on criminal matters involving immigration). He was lead counsel in the seminal High Court migration case Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Li [2013] HCA 18.


Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority. If this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.


Mandatories covered

This program covers the mandatory requirement of substantive law and ethics and professional responsibility