• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Natalie Dawson
    • Tom Foran
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
    Autumn Session 2015
    Winter Session 2015
    See Future Offerings

This introductory course can be taken alone or in conjunction with LAWS8168.  It introduces the Australian legal system with a focus on the legal structure for the regulation of migration; studies the context of migration regulation and examines the role of migration agents and the philosophy of their profession.

It is designed to equip participants with the skills needed to communicate as an agent, the research capacity to find appropriate legal materials and a sound understanding of Australian administrative law and context.


Primary Course Content

  • Australia's immigration system, legislation and policy
  • Establishment and regulation of the Migration Agent profession
  • Research skills to ensure current and reliable advice
  • Statutory interpretation including the Migration Act 1958 and relevant legislation
  • Communication strategies
  • Nature of professional conduct
  • Valid visa application processes and procedures

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 On completing this course students should be able to:
  • Understand the relationship between legislation, policy and the Australian immigration system in order to interpret and apply migration law in professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to research to assess current and relevant information from a range of sources to assist in preparing migration advice
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of legislation and in particular, procedures for valid visa application
  • Formulate and implement communication strategies orientated to key stakeholders including clients

Indicative Assessment

This course uses a mixture of assessment tasks (written assignments, participation, and case studies) to test competencies.

There is also a compulsory invigilated exam, prescribed by the legislation that governs registration as a migration agent. ANU organises exam centres in major capital cities in Australia.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This is an online course, and students are expected to devote approximately 10 - 15 hours per week reading, participating, researching and studying. We provide online course materials, study resources, discussion forums, and online live class meetings that make this program highly flexible for domestic and international students. Subject to student demand in each teaching session, we also offer opportunities to meet teachers and fellow students face to face in small Sydney classes. It is not compulsory to attend these classes but students who do, find they add significant value.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Graduate Certificate of Australian Migration Law and Practice (6353XGCMGL) or Graduate Non-Award Legal Workshop (5132XNAWD).

Preliminary Reading

Migration legislation changes so frequently that we do not recommend textbooks which can quickly become out of date. We author and provide online written course materials that are updated each teaching session, to reflect the most recent changes in migration law. We also provide reading guides, additional resources, self-help quizzes, and guidance about how to access legislation.

Assumed Knowledge

This course does not assume you have a knowledge of Australian Law or legal research skills.  However if you have a background in a legal area or have previously studied law, you will be able to use this to assist in your study of migration and immigration law.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1368 02 Feb 2015 13 Feb 2015 20 Feb 2015 10 Apr 2015 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1323 18 May 2015 29 May 2015 05 Jun 2015 24 Jul 2015 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1339 31 Aug 2015 11 Sep 2015 18 Sep 2015 06 Nov 2015 In Person N/A

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