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CPD Express - 10 Points Advanced Workshop (Sydney - 21 November 2017)

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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), Law Council of Australia (LCA), The College of Law, Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and 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

The final contents of our last CPD Express programme in 2017 will be announced nearer to the date of delivery but attendees can rest assured that Peter and Kathryn will summarise the latest developments in migration law and policy as well as recent significant decisions from the AAT and the courts. Among other things, we can confirm that Peter and Kathryn will cover the following topics:

  • 457 visa changes update – Lawfulness of the caveat system; how to lobby for occupational list changes; dealing with caveat-affected applications; drafting submissions to address the new caveat requirements; integrity and monitoring changes scheduled for December; the TSS visa due in March 2018 – proposed requirements; labour agreements; update on relevant AAT decisions; Skilling Australians Fund levy and interaction with the training benchmarks and the sponsor's obligation to provide training; the prospect of levy exemptions, variations and refunds; Update on the Enhanced Integrity Bill changes relating to publication of sanctioned sponsor details on the DIBP website and data-sharing with the ATO to identify employers that underpay sponsored workers
  • ENS / RSMS visa changes – Changes to age and English language requirements and exemptions - what will be phased out and when; strategies to get cases through before the March 2018 changes take effect; the proposed March 2018 framework and the likely impact on pipeline applications
  • GSM New Zealand stream introduced on 1 July 2017 – Summary of key requirements and application issues including staggered VAC, residence periods, proving taxable income and exemptions, health waivers and character issues
  • Citizenship reform update – Processing of the pre and post-20 April 2017 cohorts
  • Temporary Sponsored Parent visa proposed to take effect in November 2017
  • Partner visa update – Processing times; assessment of family visa sponsors; proposed introduction of the requirement for sponsorship approval before lodging a partner visa application
  • Update on the government's Visa Simplification agenda and insights into automated decision-making
  • Impacts on the profession – Potential end of dual regulation of legal practitioners from 1 July 2018; Changes to the MARA CPD framework effective from 1 January 2018
  • Sustainable business development – Re-thinking client selection; valuing eligibility assessments; distinguishing between advisory services and application processing; re-orienting marketing strategies; building key relationships

Feedback from our recent 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. We will report all your MARA CPD points on the day following the course at no additional cost to you. Please note that only migration agents with at least 3 years’ experience will be eligible to earn MARA CPD points for this course - please contact us if you require an exemption to this rule.

Legal practitioners: Legal practitioners no longer require MARA approved CPD points to register as a migration agent. However, this course can count toward a legal practitioner's CPD requirements for maintaining their practising certificate. 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).

Course inclusions

  • Arrival tea/coffee, morning tea, hot and cold buffet lunch, afternoon tea
  • Course Materials (in PDF format) prepared by the presenters for use as reference tools in your everyday practice

Registration cancellation and transfer policy

Only written cancellations received at least 14 calendar days prior to the course commencement date will be eligible for a 50% refund. Otherwise, if you have booked a place and are then unable to attend, we would welcome a substitute if we receive at least 72 hours prior to the course:
  • written notification from you of your substitute - name, email address, telephone number and MARN (if applicable); and
  • payment of an additional $100 transfer fee to cover our administrative costs - a separate invoice will be sent to cover this fee and it must be paid via BPAY or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and AMEX).
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