Areas of Expertise

Commonwealth Superannuation

Dispute Resolution

Government Advisory


Wills & Estates

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Senior Associate

Dominic Cookman is a member of Snedden Hall & Gallop’s migration team, advising and assisting clients in many areas relating to the Department of Immigration’s visa application processes. Dominic can take your call as a new visa applicant and guide you through the eligibility issues for various visas. He can assist you in collecting evidence in support of your visa application, and is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).

Dominic is also a part of our Superannuation litigation and Wills & Estates teams. He conducts claims on behalf of government employees who were incorrectly advised about their superannuation entitlements.

He joined Snedden Hall & Gallop in January 2014 and is an efficient, personable and enthusiastic lawyer who was appointed as Senior Associate in December 2020.

Prior to entering private practice, Dominic enjoyed a successful career in the Australian Public Service. At various times he worked as a lawyer, policy officer and economist in agencies including ComSuper, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Regional Australia and the Department of Finance.

Dominic graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. He now tutors in Administrative Law at the ANU Faculty of Law. Dominic is available to give advice to individuals and organisations in relation to administrative and government legal issues as part of our Government Advisory team.

Dominic sat on the board of the ACT Disability Aged & Carer Advocacy Service for many years. He is currently a board member for Canberra Community Law, and chair of the ACT Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee.

Areas of Expertise

  • Migration advice
  • Visa & citizenship applications
  • Superannuation claims representation
  • Administrative & government law

Recent Articles from Dominic

Modern Migrating Family

Applicants for both Skilled and Humanitarian visas (as well as certain other visas) are entitled to include their immediate family as additional visa applicants. Thus, a migrant may be granted a subclass 482 (Temporary Skills

Sibling Reunion

Australian citizens and permanent residents often seek to have their disabled adult siblings, who remain in their home countries, join them in Australia. Often in these situations their sibling is cared for by their parents,

Joining The Winning Team

In something of a surprise announcement, the Australian Government has instituted a direct pathway to Australian citizenship for New Zealand citizens living in Australia. From 1 July 2023, any New Zealand citizen living in Australia