Peter Papadopoulos is an Australian lawyer specialising in Australian immigration law. He is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter 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.
Peter is an expert in immigration and citizenship law matters with extensive professional experience in advising clients both in Australia and overseas. He has practised extensively in the field of migration law by assisting 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, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Migration Institute of Australia. He is also a member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group established by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP.
Peter has also served as the Secretary to the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Committee, an assessor in the Law Society of NSW’s Specialist Accreditation Programme and Chair of The College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone Assessment Advisory Committee. He has held various volunteer positions, including Duty Solicitor at the Victorian HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, and was a founding director of Metta Youth Limited, a non-profit charitable organisation established to assist marginalised and disadvantaged young adults.
Migration Advice and Services
Australia’s migration system changes frequently and can be complex and confusing. As an experienced migration law expert, Peter can confidently guide you through the migration system and provide you with the advice and assistance you need.
Media and Publications
Since 2001, Peter has taught migration lawyers and agents about various aspects of immigration and citizenship law and procedure. In addition to conducting seminars and workshops on various aspects of the skilled, family and humanitarian migration programmes, Peter enjoys sharing knowledge and insights into more complex immigration issues including automated decision-making, the health criteria, character, immigration compliance and fraud. Peter has shared his knowledge of migration law by conducting and delivering educational programmes on behalf of The College of Law, Law Council of Australia, Law Institute of Victoria, Law Society of Western Australia, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Council of Australasian Tribunals, Migration Practice Essentials, Ernst & Young, Migration Institute of Australia and RMIT University.
- General Editor and Author, Australian Immigration Law published by Lexis Nexis (since 2008)
- Migration lawyers welcome end of dual regulation, Lawyers Weekly, 22 March 2021
- Migration law, COVID-19 and the future, Lawyers Weekly podcast, 18 September 2020
- Digital Transformation of decision-making: promises and pitfalls, presentation delivered at the Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Conference: The Future is now – traditional skills and new technologies, 6 September 2019, Sydney
- Automated decision-making and Human Intelligence: a new paradigm shift in a rapidly changing world, presentation delivered at the Law Council of Australia Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 23 March 2019, Canberra
- Digital Transformation and Visa Decisions: an insight into the promise and pitfalls, presentation delivered at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law National Conference, 28 September 2018, Sydney
- Turnbull Government to exclude 457 visa applications from new restrictions, The Australian Financial Review, 1 February 2018
- Shifting Goalposts in Australia’s Skilled Migration Program, Law Society of NSW Journal, Issue 36, August 2017
- Insight and opinion: Nomos’ take on Australia’s skilled migration programme reforms, Insight and Analysis, Lexis Nexis, 17 July 2017
- Immigration Minister’s ‘unfettered powers’ on skilled visas risk legal challenge, The Australian Financial Review, 7 July 2017
- Migration lawyers say 457 visa changes “unlawful”, The Australian Financial Review, 7 June 2017
- The Renewed Focus on Border Protection, Law Society of NSW Journal, Issue 16, October 2015
- Collateral decisions by external bodies – Health assessments, paper delivered at the Law Council of Australia Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 20 March 2015, Melbourne
- Gammy’s case highlights immigration prejudices, WA Today, 13 August 2014
- The migration law health requirement, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations Workshop, 24 September 2009
- Radio interviews to discuss migration law matters on ABC Radio National’s Law Report on 6 December 2005 and on 24 April 2007
- Migration Law and HIV/AIDS: A door closes, but a window opens, HIV Australia, Vol. 5 No. 2, October-December 2006 and Migration Law and HIV, HIV Australia, Vol. 4 No. 3, March-May 2005
- Australia’s migration law heath criteria, paper delivered at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Victorian Chapter) Annual Conference, 14 November 2001, Melbourne
- Contributions to various legal guides and newsletters including The Employment Law Factbook – A Guide for Employers, Mallesons Stephen Jaques Workplace Employment Relations Update, HIV/AIDS and Australian Permanent Residence: A step-by-step Guide (Victorian AIDS Council, 2003)
- Contributions to various submissions to government inquiries and reform agendas, including:
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