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Running migration matters at the AAT - On-demand

Course ID ID20019_BUS1

  • Online
  • 3
  • Intermediate

This on-demand material was recorded on 20 October 2020

Are you an Australian legal practitioner interested in running cases in the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division?

Once the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 is fully implemented by 23 March 2021, all Australian legal practitioners will be able to provide immigration advice to clients without having to be registered as a migration agent. This will include running matters in the AAT's Migration and Refugee Division.

In light of this exciting development, The College of Law and leading Immigration Law Accredited Specialist, Peter Papadopoulos have teamed up to provide you with ‘Running migration matters at the AAT’. 

Peter presents this recording in conjunction with two guest speakers from the AAT:

  • Dr Bridget Cullen - Member Migration and Refugee Division, General Division; Chair of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group; Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith University
  • Cathrine Burnett-Wake - Member Migration and Refugee Division, General Division; Member of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group; Former migration practitioner with more than 15 years practice experience

At the end of this on-demand recording, you will be able to: 

  • Understand how the end of dual regulation will affect your current and future practice of migration law
  • Understand the legislative framework underpinning merits review undertaken by the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division
  • Appreciate the Tribunal’s functions and operations with an insight into its current caseload and caseload management strategies
  • Understand and comply with the relevant Practice Directions to ensure that you effectively assist your client and avoid the AAT referring non-compliance to the relevant regulator (legal services regulator and / or the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority) for investigation and potential disciplinary action
  • Identify who has standing to make a review application
  • Recognise time limits in this jurisdiction and know how to meet them
  • Identify critical legal issues in order to draft focussed submissions supported by relevant evidence
  • Confidently handle access to information requests and issues governing non-disclosure
  • Effectively prepare yourself and your client for the hearing
  • Understand how to request an adjournment and when it is reasonable to do so
  • Enhance your practice management, client-liaison and advocacy skills in order to effectively assist clients from non-English speaking backgrounds

Feedback from past attendees:

  • “I thought that the perspective the presenters offered was extremely valuable as someone who has watched the evolution of the migration legal system since 1989.”
  • “Content from Peter, Bridget and Cathrine was excellent. I’m yet to appear at the AAT although I have picked up many tips on how to approach these matters in the future.”
  • “Great presenters and excellent content.”
  • “A well-presented seminar with a good practical focus.”
  • “Fantastic cohort of presenters.”

At the end of this on-demand course, you may claim 3 CPD points. 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 $297.00

Alumni/Member Price $267.30


Start date:

02 November 2020

End date:

30 June 2021

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.


Bridget Cullen Dr Bridget Cullen Member, AAT Migration and Refugee Division, General Division; Chair of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group

Member Bridget Cullen was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on 1 July 2017, and is cross-assigned to the Migration and Refugee, General, and Veterans’ Appeals Divisions. Dr Cullen predominantly sits in the Migration and Refugee Division, and is the Chair of the Migration and Refugee Division’s Practice Directions Working Group, and oversights the MRD’s referrals to industry regulators, including OMARA.

Prior to her appointment to AAT, Dr Cullen spent 7 ½ years as a Legal Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Dr Cullen is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, and a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She has law degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and was admitted as a Barrister in Queensland in 2000. Dr Cullen is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith Law School, where she teaches evidence law. She was the recipient of the 2019 Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland Leneen Forde AC Woman Lawyer of the Year award.


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

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.


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.

If you hold a Western Australia practising certificate: Due to new Legal Practice Board requirements some of our products are not currently eligible for CPD points


Mandatories covered

This program covers the mandatory requirement of substantive law and professional skills