CPD Express - 10 points Advanced Workshop (Melbourne, 18 November 2016)
CPD Express - 10 points Advanced Workshop (Melbourne, 18 November 2016)

CPD Express - 10 points Advanced Workshop (Melbourne, 18 November 2016)

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Monash University Conference Centre

Level 7, 30 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 8000


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After the sell-out success of our CPD Express programme in Melbourne in June, Nomos is delighted to announce our next CPD Express 10 Points Advanced Workshop series for migration lawyers and agents on 18 November 2016 for only $550.   

The programme will be led and facilitated by Peter Papadopoulos and Kathryn Viegas. Peter and Kathryn have extensive experience conducting advanced CPD for migration lawyers and agents through their previous contributions to CPD run by Migration Practice Essentials (MPE), the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (IARC). Peter and Kathryn are excited about sharing the latest developments in migration law and policy along with practical tips to get those more complex cases over the line.

Migration agents: The morning workshop is worth 6 MARA CPD points and the afternoon workshop (which is a mandatory activity) is worth 4 MARA CPD points; a total of 10 MARA CPD points.   

Legal practitioners in NSW and Victoria: There are 6.5 hours worth of teaching time in this all-day course, completion of which will enable you to earn 6 CPD units.  The course will also cover at least 1 hour in each of the four compulsory CPD fields (Substantive Law, Professional Skills, Practice Management and Business Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility).  

Places are limited, so book early to secure your spot!

Contents of the CPD Express course programme

Among other things, Peter Papadopoulos and Kathryn Viegas will cover the following topical issues faced by you and your clients during our advanced and skills-focussed CPD Express programme:

Part 1 – Morning Session 

Module 1: The Advanced Refresher (9am to 10.30am). This module will give you a practical update on recent and forthcoming developments affecting the migration programme including:

  • Summary of key legislative changes including the 19 November changes to the Temporary Activity Visa Framework; the Family Violence and sponsorship measures legislation; the forthcoming Entrepreneur visa

  • Proposed new temporary parent visa

  • 457 visa update – current issues

  • Sponsorship monitoring and compliance update 

  • Developments in AAT practice and procedure – preliminary hearings

  • Case law round-up – a review of recent significant court decisions that affect everyday migration practice 

Module 2: Interactive Case Study Workshops (10.45am to 12.45pm). Our workshop scenarios are based on real-life situations confronted in everyday practice including:

  • Handling "genuine position" requests from DIBP – a summary of the law and policy, including the 1 July changes to PAM on 457 nominations and visas, as well as useful practice tips for dealing with unreasonable DIBP requests for information and drafting persuasive submissions

  • Responding to 457 visa cancellation notices

  • Access to information - Tips on drafting FOI requests; Handling section 362A requests and challenging the validity of a section 375A or 376 certificate

  • Ministerial intervention requests - the new regime

  • Responding to a Notice of Intention to Take Action (NOITTA) against a business sponsor

  • A step-by-step guide to understanding how the MOC reaches their cost estimate and avenues for challenging an unfavourable MOC opinion

Part 2  - Afternoon Session 

Module 1: Interactive Case Study Workshops (1.45pm to 3.15pm). These workshop scenarios will focus on the practical realities of working in the migration profession and guide you through real-life case scenarios and show you constructive ways in:

  • Dealing with anonymous decision-makers – we will look at the problem of the uncontactable case officer and the trend within DIBP for decisions to be made collectively and in some cases by computers 

  • Dealing with difficult clients – the ones who don’t pay, never stop ringing, constantly change instructions

  • Avoiding and dealing with complaints to professional bodies – ethical, commercial and practical challenges raised by the MARA’s recently introduced Practice Guides as well as an update on cyber security liability

  • Advising clients who are prepared to lie or omit the truth – practical tips in dealing with notifications of changes of circumstances and potential PIC 4020 and visa cancellation matters

Module 2: Experiential Workshop (3.30pm to 5pm). The final module of the day is our brainstorming activity (“the NOMOS Q + A”!!) where Peter and Kathryn will field general questions from the group and pose some hypothetical scenarios and raise issues of concern in migration practice for group discussion. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own questions for group discussion and share their own experiences.  Discussion can range from “true confessions” where you have made mistakes to venting some steam about what irks you about working in the migration field. The module will be supported by stimulus workshop materials and the ensuing discussion will be moderated by Kathryn and Peter so that it remains solutions-focussed and beneficial to all attendees.

Legal practitioners and Accountants

Further information about MARA's CPD requirements and the exemptions for legal practitioners ad accountants can be found here.  

Course inclusions 

  • Arrival tea/coffee

  • Morning tea

  • Hot/cold buffet lunch

  • Afternoon tea

  • Course Materials prepared by the presenters for use as reference tools in your everyday practice

Less Chaos, More Nomos

Who Should Attend? 

  • Registered Migration Agents (only those with at least 3 years’ experience will be eligible to earn MARA CPD points)  

  • Legal practitioners

Cancellation and Refund policy

If you have booked a place and are then unable to attend, we would welcome a substitute if we receive written notification from you of your substitute's name and contact details at least 24 hours prior to the course.  Written cancellations received at least 14 calendar days prior to the course commencement date will be eligible for a 50% refund.

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