- Location: Primus Hotel, 339 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
- Date: Friday, 11 November 2016
- Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
- Cost: $550.00 (including GST)
- CPD points: 10 MARA CPD points (including a mandatory activity)
After the sell-out success of our CPD Express programme in Sydney in June, Nomos is delighted to announce our next CPD Express 10 Points Advanced Workshop series for migration agents and legal practitioners on 11 November 2016 for only $550.
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).
The programme is geared towards migration agents with at least 3 years’ experience and lawyers who are busy practitioners wanting quality and value out of their CPD experience.
Places are limited, so book early to secure your spot!
Contents of the CPD Express course programme
Among other things, our presenters 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.
Feedback from our recent CPD Express in Sydney
“Well planned out and easy to follow”
“Overall, extremely well done Peter and Kathryn. Excellent!”
“Training is well-suited for more senior practitioners”
“Excellent presentations, particularly liked the case studies”
“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”
Practising Lawyers and Accountants
Further information about MARA’s CPD requirements and the exemptions for legal practitioners and accountants can be found here.
- Arrival tea/coffee/fruit
- 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.