Australian Migration Law

    Unit code: LLW3007 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    LLW3000 - Australian Administrative 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, 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.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critically analyse the development of citizenship and migration law in contemporary Australia;
    2. Conceptually map the categorisation of non-citizens in a legal context;
    3. Critically exemplify professional practice in the review and analysis of legal systems relevant to migration law, including the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) as well as case law and policy;
    4. Interrogate authentic complex problems drawing on Australian migration law, including migration policy, practice and procedures and propose ethical solutions demonstrating accountability and responsibility; and
    5. Advocate innovative solutions in collaboration with peers, to wide ranging problems in the area of migration, to hypothetical clients.

    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: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Assignment Task requiring students to resolve problems relating to migration law (3,000 words) Group Assignment
    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 50%
    Examination - Individual 3 hour written exam

    Required reading

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

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