Peter Papadopoulos

LLB (Hons), BCom (Hons)

Peter Papadopoulos is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter has been voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers International list for Australia.

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. He has been a registered migration agent since 1997. 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.

Peter is an expert in immigration and citizenship law matters with extensive professional experience in advising clients both in Australia and overseas. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Migration Law Committee, the Law Institute of Victoria's Migration Law Committee, the Migration Institute of Australia and has been an active volunteer solicitor at the Victorian AIDS Council HIV/AIDS Legal Centre. Peter is also the Chair of The College of Law’s Migration Agents Capstone Assessment Advisory Committee. Peter has served as the Secretary to the International Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a chair at the Australian Society of HIV Medicine 2006 National Conference and as a director of Metta Youth Limited, a not-for-profit organisation providing subsidised psychotherapy services to marginalised youth.

Peter has been an author for Australian Immigration Law for many years and is currently General Editor of the publication.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Awards & Recognition

Accredited Specialist – Immigration Law
Listed in Best Lawyers International annually since 2011 (Practice areas – Immigration Law and Civil Rights Law)

Speaking Engagements

  • Foundations in Immigration Law workshop series, The College of Law - since March 2017
  • 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
  • Seeking Transparent Visa Health Assessments, presentation delivered at the Immigration Law Review workshop series, 2 November 2017
  • 457 visa update: insight into key reforms, Law Institute of Victoria, 24 July 2017
  • Accountability mechanisms beyond merits review and jurisdictional error, Session Chair at the Law Council of Australia’s Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 25 February 2017
  • Collateral decisions by external bodies – Health assessments, paper delivered at the Law Council of Australia Annual CPD Immigration Law Conference, 20 March 2015
  • Nomos Education seminars and workshops (March 2016 – October 2018)
  • Migration Practice Essentials (MPE) seminars and workshops (June 2003 – December 2014)
  • Contributions to various submissions to government inquiries and reform agendas, including:
    • Joint Select Committee on Trade Investment and Growth, Inquiry into the Business Experience in Utilising Australia's Free Trade Agreements (2015)
    • Independent Review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (2014)
    • Joint Standing Committee of Migration, Inquiry into the migration treatment of disability (2010)
  • 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 – Visas and Health Status – and on 24 April 2007 – Should HIV-positive migrants be banned?
  • Australia's migration law heath criteria, paper delivered at the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Victorian Chapter) Annual Conference, 14 November 2001


  • Advisory Committee Chair – Migration Agents Capstone Assessment, The College of Law
  • Committee Member – Law Council of Australia Migration Law Committee, Law Institute of Victoria Migration Law Committee
  • Member – Law Council of Australia, Law Society of New South Wales, Law Institute of Victoria, Migration Institute of Australia
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 9791442 – registered since 1997)
Areas of expertise
Educating lawyers, registered migration agents and others with an interest in Australian immigration and citizenship law
Understanding and explaining the impact of migration trends and policy shifts
Helping business strategically manage employer sponsorship and other migration law obligations
Managing merits and judicial review matters and challenging immigration and citizenship cases involving health, character, fraud and cancellation issues.
Academic Qualifications
LLB (Hons), BCom (Hons)
Professional Organisation

Peter specialises in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes.

He is also the Commonwealth Government’s approved subcontractor working with The College of Law to design and deliver the Migration Agents Capstone Assessment.

Professional Contact
T: +61 403 396 688
M: +61 403 396 688