2023 Immigration Law Conference
"Navigating new frontiers of Immigration law"
Sydney | Online
The Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section will be hosting its annual Immigration Law Conference on 17-18 March 2023. The conference will be conducted over two days and will canvass current issues in Australian immigration law.
Early bird registrations are now open and close 31 December 2022.
Date: Friday, 17 March 2023 and Saturday, 18 March 2023
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm each day (AEDT)
Venue: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney NSW & Online
Networking Event Details:
Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Verandah Bar, 55/65 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney NSW
Discounts apply for Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section members. If you are not currently a member of the Section, you can join here.
Proudly sponsored by
Ms Chelsea De Silva
T. 02 6246 3722
Registrations for the 2023 Immigration Law Conference are now open.
Ticket Categories and Rates
|FLDRS Member||Early Bird - Member - Full Conference Ticket*||$790.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - FLDRS Members - Conference Day 1||$385.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - FLDRS Members - Conference Day 2||$385.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - FLDRS Members - Day 1||$335.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - FLDRS Members - Day 2||$335.00||+ Add to cart|
|Non-Member||Early Bird - Non-Member - Full Conference Ticket*||$990.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - Non-Members - Conference Day 1||$450.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - Non-Members - Conference Day 2||$450.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - Non Members - Day 1||$400.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - Non Members - Day 2||$400.00||+ Add to cart|
|Tickets||Early Bird - Lawyers under 30/legal aid/CLC - Full Conference Ticket*||$700.00||+ Add to cart|
|Dinner Ticket||$150.00||+ Add to cart|
|Welcome Drinks*||$25.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - Lawyers under 30/legal aid/CLC - Day 1||$330.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - Lawyers under 30/legal aid/CLC - Day 2||$330.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - Lawyers under 30/legal aid/CLC Day 1||$280.00||+ Add to cart|
|Early Bird - VIRTUAL - Lawyers under 30/legal aid/CLC Day 2||$280.00||+ Add to cart|
Early Bird registrations close 31 December 2022
Standard Full Conference Ticket Registration includes:
- Attendance at all conference sessions across both Friday, 16 March and Saturday, 17 March
- Conference materials, including any speaker material
- Lunch, morning and afternoon tea
- Gala Dinner on Friday, 16 March
*Welcome drinks are not included in the Standard Full Conference package.
Delegates may wish to stay at the conference venue. Swissotel will be offering a discounted rate for those attending.
Please contact Swissotel on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9238 8888 and quote "Immigration Law Conference 2023"
We are pleased to announce the key speakers for this event.
The Honourable William Alstergren AO
The Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia is the Honourable William Alstergren. Chief Justice Alstergren is also Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
Chief Judge Alstergren was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 10 December 2018. His Honour was appointed Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in October 2017. His Honour held a dual appointment as Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court from December 2017 and he has presided over the Appeals Division of the Family Court since March 2018.
Chief Justice Alstergren has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. He also has a Master of Laws. He practised as a barrister in Melbourne from 1991, and took silk in 2012. He was the Chairman of the Victorian Bar in 2013 and President of the Australian Bar Association in 2017.
Ms Cassandra Banks
Cassandra is the Principal and Director of CB Legal in Coffs Harbour and the Junior Vice President of the Law Society of New South Wales. She was the President of the Clarence River & Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society from 2013 to 2019 and is currently the Co-President. On 4 November 2017 Cassandra was awarded NSW Young Lawyer of the year by Justice Beazley and was named a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards in 2017 and 2018. Cassandra practices in Family Law, Wills and Estate Planning, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian documents, Guardianship and Financial Management and Care and Protection.
The Hon. Karen Andrews MP
Karen brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her role as the Federal Member for McPherson.
Her commitment to serving our local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected in 2013, 2016, 2019 and again in 2022.
Her first appointment to the Ministry was in December 2014 as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science.
Karen was Queensland’s first female Federal Cabinet Minister, serving as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, and then as Minister for Home Affairs where she oversaw national security matters including counter-terrorism, cyber security, the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and intelligence.
Following the 2022 election, Karen was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Child Protection and the Prevention of Family Violence.
Karen brings her trademark drive and determination to her job representing the southern Gold Coast in the Federal Parliament. She successfully fought for the M1 to be widened all the way to Tugun, to ensure Gold Coast drivers get home sooner and safer and to improve freight efficiency.
Karen understands the pressures of owning and running a small business and is a strong advocate for local businesses as the powerhouse of our local economy.
The Hon. Andrew Giles MP
Andrew Giles was first elected to the Australian Parliament as Member for Scullin on 7 September 2013, representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He is currently serving his third term in Parliament representing the Scullin community.
Andrew is the Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship.
He previously served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools from July 2016 to May 2019.
In the last Parliament Andrew served on a number of parliamentary committees: Electoral Matters (as Deputy Chair); Privileges; and Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.
Andrew’s policy interests include cities, education, the future of work, climate change, immigration and social policy. He has contributed to public debate as well as policy formulation within the ALP on these issues and on improving the health of our democracy.
A particular interest of Andrew's is that of loneliness in Australia, and how governments can respond to deal with this public health challenge. In 2021 Andrew launched the Parliamentary Friends of Loneliness and is co-chair of the group.
Prior to his election to Parliament Andrew was a principal lawyer at Slater & Gordon practising in employment law. He also worked as lawyer at the firm Holding Redlich, where he acted on behalf of the asylum seekers on the MV Tampa, and in a number of political roles for the Victorian Government. He has been a member of the ALP since he was 18.
Andrew is married to Dr Jillian Constable, and they have two children – Daniel and Alice.
Mr James Popple
James was previously Official Secretary to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide. He was also the inaugural Freedom of Information Commissioner, a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and a member of the ACT Remuneration Tribunal. Before that, James worked for 12 years in the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Before joining AGD, he was a judge's associate, then Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Australia.
James has degrees in law and arts, and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and an Honorary Professor of the Australian National University (in the College of Law and the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics) where he conducted his doctoral research in artificial intelligence and the law.
Mr Luke Murphy
Luke Murphy has been a legal practitioner since 1989 and is an accredited specialist in Personal Injuries through the Queensland Law Society.
Luke has served on the boards of various organisations, including the Royal Life Saving Society of Queensland, Holy Spirit Care Services Pty Ltd, The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee, and other community organisations.
Luke was President of the Queensland Law Society (QLS) in 2020, having been elected to the QLS Council in 2017, and has been an integral member of Queensland Law Society’s policy committees for over two decades.
Luke is the 2023 President of the Law Council of Australia, having been director since 2020 and a member of the executive in 2021.
Luke has a long history of involvement in government consultations and law reform initiatives on behalf of QLS. In 2016 he was appointed by the Office of Industrial Relations as one of six members of the Section 193A Review Panel under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003.”
Mr Peter Woulfe
Peter Woulfe has been recognised as one of Canberra’s leading commercial and dispute resolution barristers: Doyle’s Guide, 2020 & 2021. Peter has a civil practice in a range of practice areas, with a particular focus on government and administrative law. Peter has also been regarded as one of Australia’s foremost Commonwealth compensation barristers, having worked on various matters of importance to the application of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth).
The theme is "Navigating new frontiers of Immigration law"
This year the Immigration Law Conference has a spectacular speaker line up, with speakers from government, private and the academic sector.
|Time||Topic and Speaker|
|6:00 PM - 9:00 PM||
|9:00 AM - 4:30 PM||
|6:30 PM - 10:00 PM||
|9:00 AM - 4:30 PM||
Hotel Swissôtel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
This year’s conference is designed to include content to cover Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills, Professional Skills and Substantive law. It is the responsibility of the individual member to determine whether CPD points can be earned for an attendance of an event hosted by the Sections of the Law Council.
Mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements vary between each state and territory. Members should refer to their relevant state and territory law society in advance of the event for further information.
As the Law Council provides events directed toward lawyers, approval has not been sought from OMARA. Migration agents wanting to attend the event are advised to contact OMARA beforehand in respect of whether CPD points can be earned from attendance.
Read the Law Council's Event Terms and Conditions here.
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