This unit of study provides students with knowledge and skills relevant to the Australian visa system and investigation of case law to support submissions to government. This unit has a practical focus on the legislative and policy frameworks pertaining to Australia's visa system, the various mechanisms of migration control, key visa classes and their requirements, visa application processes and visa conditions. Operations of the visa system and the various categories of entrants are examined. Visa classes are also considered. Learning activities and assessment tasks encourage students to develop cognitive, technical and communications skills through discussing and critically analysing issues, scenarios and complex problems from the field of visa categories and visa processes within the broader context of citizenship.

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LLW3007 - Australian Migration Law

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review major permanent visa programs in Australia, justifying their importance and applicability in contemporary times;  
  2. Interrogate the temporary entry visa programs in Australia and explain their purpose;  
  3. Interpret and apply relevant requirements of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) and relevant Commonwealth Government policy and procedures in relation to the Australian visa system in interrogating contemporary visa problems;  
  4. Exemplify professional judgement by identifying the appropriate visa category to meet the needs of a variety of clients; and  
  5. Communicate clearly to hypothetical clients visa refusal, cancellation and review as well as appeal processes with responsibility and cultural sensitivity.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In class test – 1 hour 10%
Assignment Assignment Task requiring students to resolve problems relating to migration law (2,000 words) 40%
Examination Examination 3 hours (30 minutes oral plus 2 hours 30 minutes written) 50%

Required reading

Australian Migration Legislation Collection,
Fernandez, Rodger, Gerkens, Murray, Yau, Dominic, Ozyurek, Sherene; January 2021,
LexisNexis Butterworths

Australian Immigration Companion, 9th Edition,
Fernandez, Rodger, Gerkens, Murray, Kenny, Janelle, Ozyurek, Sherene, Yau,
LexisNexis Butterworths

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