Australia’s Visa System

    Unit code: LLW3010 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    LLW3007 - Australian Migration Law
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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, selected visa classes and their requirements, visa application processes and visa conditions. Operations of the visa system and the various categories of entrants are examined. Selected 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse selected permanent visa program/s in Australia and critically review their importance and applicability in contemporary times;
    2. Analyse selected temporary visa program/s in Australia and critically review their importance and applicability in contemporary times;
    3. Interpret and justify relevant requirements of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) and procedures in relation to selected visas in the Australian visa system and identifying and solving contemporary visa problems; and
    4. Exemplify professional judgement by identifying the appropriate visa category to meet the needs of a vclient based on the selected visas.

    Study as a single unit

    This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 20%
    Court Case based assessment
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Assignment Task requiring students to resolve problems relating to migration law (2,000 words) (Group)
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 50%
    Examination - Individual 3.5 hour written exam

    Required reading

    Australian Migration Legislation Collection,
    Fernandez, Rodger, Gerkens, Murray, Yau, Dominic, Ozyurek, Sherene; January/June 2021,| LexisNexis Butterworths
    Australian Immigration Companion,
    Fernandez, Rodger, Gerkens, Murray, Kenny, Janelle, Ozyurek, Sherene, Yau, | LexisNexis Butterworths

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