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Running migration matters at the AAT - On-demand

Course ID ID21031_BUS1

  • Online
  • 3
  • All

This on-demand material was recorded in October 2021. You can purchase and access this content at any time.

Are you an Australian legal practitioner currently handling or considering taking on matters in the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division?

Now that the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 has been fully implemented, all Australian legal practitioners can represent clients with cases before the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division (AAT MRD) without being registered as a migration agent. 

In light of this significant 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 co-present’s this course with two guest speakers from the AAT:

  • Bridget Cullen - Member MRD & General Division; Chair of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group; Member of the MRD Members Professional Development Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith University
  • Cathrine Burnett-Wake - Member MRD & General Division; Member of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group; Member of the MRD Members Professional Development Committee; Former migration practitioner with more than 15 years’ practice experience

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

  • Understand the impact of recent legislative developments and case law affecting the AAT MRD’s jurisdiction
  • Understand the legislative framework underpinning merits review undertaken by the AAT MRD
  • Appreciate the Tribunal’s functions and operations with an insight into its current caseload and caseload management strategies
  • Understand the Tribunal’s expectations of representatives and how to comply with the relevant Practice Directions to ensure that you effectively assist your client and avoid the AAT MRD 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
  • Address a finding of no jurisdiction
  • 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 to effectively assist clients from non-English speaking backgrounds

People who attended the live session with Peter and the AAT members had this to say:

  • “Content from Peter, Bridget and Cathrine was excellent.”
  • “Not long enough – always need more of Peter’s wisdom.”
  • “I thought the perspective the presenters offered was extremely valuable as someone who has watched the evolution of the migration legal system since 1989.”
  • “The seminar was well organized and executed. All presenters were informative and I especially enjoyed Peter’s segment, which was hugely informative.”
  • “The seminar was well organized and executed. The presenter’s were formidable.”

Practitioners holding WA practising certificates are not eligible to earn CPD points for this course.


Full Price $297.00


End date:

30 June 2022

Presenter biography

Peter Papadopoulos Peter Papadopoulos Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

Peter Papadopoulos is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law who has been annually voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers list for Australia. He is an expert in immigration and citizenship law matters with extensive professional experience in advising clients with their visa applications as well as handling merits and judicial review matters. He is regularly consulted by fellow practitioners and their clients to guide them in solving complex cases.

Peter was admitted to practice in 1996 after graduating with Honours in Law and Commerce at The University of Melbourne and completing his articles of clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Between 1997 and 2000, he worked as a solicitor at King Wood Mallesons and a Senior Associate at Gadens Lawyers. Between 2000 and May 2014, Peter ran his own specialist migration law practice in both Melbourne and Sydney. From May 2014 until December 2015, Peter was a Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & Young. Between January 2015 and October 2018, Peter was a Director of Nomos Pty Ltd, a business specialising in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes. 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 an active member of the Law Council of Australia's Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section Executive and its Migration Law Committee. He is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria's Migration Law Committee and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law. He is the editor of the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication and a member of the Federal Government’s Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group established in 2020 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.


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

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 the 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 Division; Member of the AAT President’s Directions Working Group; Member of the AAT Migration and Refugee Division Members Professional Development Committee

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 a Registered Migration Agent for 15 years in Australia and the UK and was a director of a law firm specialising in immigration law.  Additionally, Cathrine was a long-serving volunteer of 12 years at Casey Cardinia 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 an 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 the 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 Australian practising certificate, please refer to the course description above as to whether you are eligible to earn CPD points for this activity.


Mandatories covered

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