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Rebecca Macmillan

LLB, MMigrationLaw

Practice Director – Migration - Cairns

Areas of Expertise

Immigration Law, Workplace Relations & Safety


Rebecca is the Practice Director of our national Migration team. Rebecca has more than 15 years’ experience providing migration advice and assistance to a broad range of clients. 

Rebecca focuses on developing effective migration strategies. Working closely with Australian and international businesses to obtain Australian work visas for skilled professionals, she provides guidance and support to businesses to ensure positive outcomes are delivered and matters of compliance and record keeping are met. 

Key areas that Rebecca assists client with include permanent residency, addressing skills shortages within businesses, employer sponsorship, intra-company transfers, Global Talent visas, and labour Agreements. 

Rebecca’s experience ranges across a range of industry sectors, including information technology, mining and energy, food and beverage manufacturing and agriculture. She also works with small family owned businesses as well as large international corporations. 

In addition to her work with the business and corporate community, Rebecca also assists individuals wishing to migrate to Australia under the skilled migration program, or family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents. She also assists with complex health and character matters. 

Rebecca has been recognised in the 2023 edition of Doyles Guide as a leading lawyer in Immigration in Queensland


Rebecca has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • identifying and developing migration strategies
  • sponsorship and labour agreement applications
  • temporary and permanent employer sponsorship 
  • skilled independent and skilled nominated visas
  • business and investment visas
  • visas for family 
  • resident return visas
  • Australian citizenship
  • health waivers
  • character submissions
  • Administrative Appeal Tribunal review applications.


Queensland Law Society 

Migration Institute of Australia 

Migration Alliance

Cairns Chamber of Commerce

FNQ Law Association


02 May 2023 - Knowledge

Major changes proposed to improve Australia’s migration system

#Immigration Law

The Australian Government is taking steps to improve its migration system with the release of a draft Migration Strategy and plans to increase the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold and offer skilled temporary workers a path to permanent residency.

02 May 2023 - Knowledge

New pathway to Australian citizenship for eligible New Zealanders

#Immigration Law

From 1 July 2023, eligible New Zealand citizens living in Australia may be able to apply for Australian citizenship without first applying for permanent residence.

28 February 2023 - Knowledge

Important changes to Australian student visas from 1 July 2023

#Immigration Law

We look at the re-introduction of student visa work restrictions and extended post-study work rights for graduate visa holders from 1 July 2023.

13 December 2022 - Knowledge

Migration update – December 2022

#Immigration Law

We look at recent news regarding the temporary closure of the New Zealand Stream visa to new applicants, the recommencement of the six-month work limitation for working holiday makers, and Australia’s new trade agreement with India.

04 October 2022 - Knowledge

A guide to hiring and managing foreign workers

#Immigration Law, #Workplace Relations & Safety

We share five simple steps hospitality businesses can take to stay compliant when employing foreign workers.

19 July 2022 - Knowledge

Australian citizenship changes for New Zealanders on the horizon

#Immigration Law

The Australian Prime Minister is proposing to give New Zealanders living in Australia the right to vote and an easier pathway to citizenship.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Changes to Australian citizenship law and travel exemptions for parents overseas

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

Recent changes to Australia’s migration and citizenship laws include the expansion of the residence requirement to talent visa holders applying for citizenship, and overseas parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents now recognised as ‘immediate family’ for travel to Australia.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

Australia prepares to reopen international borders: Risks and considerations for travellers

#Immigration Law, #COVID-19

The Prime Minister has announced a plan to lift international travel bans for fully vaccinated Australians in November. Are there any risks? What should you be mindful of?