CPD Express - 10 Points Advanced Workshop (Melbourne - 31 March 2017)

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Monash University Conference Centre

Level 7, 30 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 8000


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We are proud pioneers of the original "10 points in one day" CPD programme for experienced migration practitioners. Our programme delivers a high-quality and advanced CPD experience that offers maximum points in the minimum time.

Our Presenters

The programme will be led and facilitated by our Accredited Immigration Law Specialists, Peter Papadopoulos and Kathryn Viegas. Peter and Kathryn have extensive experience conducting advanced CPD for migration agents and lawyers 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.

Contents of the CPD Express course programme

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, it will come as no surprise to you that borders are closing across the world as protectionism, utilitarianism and national security concerns now drive the immigration programmes of traditionally immigrant-receiving developed nations. In this brave new world, migration practitioners are increasingly challenged in their efforts to secure prompt and favourable client outcomes for a reasonable fee. In this CPD Express programme, our Accredited Immigration Law Specialists Peter Papadopoulos and Kathryn Viegas will put this framework into perspective and help prepare you for dealing with this hardline approach to migration decision-making. The following topical issues will be explored 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 proposed and recent legislative changes including the Visa Revalidation and Other Measures Bill 2016; recent changes to when certain bridging visas cease; the new "member of the family unit" definition affecting adult dependent children; insights into the GSM pathway for NZ citizens coming on 1 July 2017
  • Proposed reforms to the visa and citizenship system: "integration tests" and other barriers towards securing permanent residence and citizenship
  • Proposed new temporary parent visa
  • Partner visa update – recent and proposed sponsorship changes
  • An update on foreign worker exploitation and the increasing scrutiny of employer sponsors - Domino's, fast food industry changes and the Migrant Workers Task Force
  • Developments in AAT practice and procedure – preliminary hearings, the Code of Procedure Harmonisation Bill 2016 and the AAT Legislation Harmonisation Project
  • Case law round-up – a review of recent significant court decisions that deal with unreasonable delay in decision-making, fraudulent agent conduct and notification

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:

  • Drafting “genuine position” submissions to support 457 visa nominations
  • Responding to natural justice letters in relation to PIC 4020
  • Tips on making submissions and handling evidence at the AAT – a useful refresher on how decision-makers must reach findings of fact in order to be “satisfied”
  • Access to information at the AAT – the power of section 362A requests and challenging the validity of a section 375A or 376 certificate
  • Ministerial intervention requests – the new regime

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:

  • Getting your practice ready for the end of dual regulation – practical tips and insights into how the pending removal of lawyers from the MARA scheme will affect our profession, our current and future clients as well as the way in which we do business
  • Dealing with anonymous decision-makers – we will look at the problem of the uncontactable case officer, automated decisions made by computers and the challenges posed by the Department’s Global Case Management system
  • Avoiding and dealing with complaints to professional bodies – ethical, commercial and practical challenges raised by the MARA’s 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
  • Dealing with difficult clients – the ones who don’t pay, never stop ringing, constantly change instructions

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.

Feedback from our 2016 CPD Express workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

"Informative and relevant, as always"

"Training is well-suited for more senior practitioners"

"Well planned out and easy to follow"

"Excellent presentations, particularly liked the case studies"

"This was absolutely the best CPD I have ever attended. Thank you to both Peter and Kathryn for an amazing effort"

"Thank you for the seminar. I want you all to know it was excellent, and better than every legal seminar I've ever been to"

CPD Points

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

Course inclusions

  • Arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, buffet lunch, afternoon tea
  • Course Materials prepared by the presenters for use as reference tools in your everyday practice

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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