• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christine Giles
    • David Prince
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
    Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    See Future Offerings

This course examines the regulatory framework that ensures compliance with Migration Law in Australia. This course will cover grounds for refusal or cancellation of visas; sanctions for breaches of visa conditions; the consequences of unlawful status; detention, removal and deportation and offences under the Migration Act, merits and judicial review of decisions and ministerial discretion. Students will learn to appraise pathways and options open to clients, determine strategies and formulate submissions. It is designed to further to equip participants with further skills needed to determine and advise on visa options, the research capacity to find appropriate legal materials รข?? including researching various legal databases such as LEGENDcom, Austlii and Comlaw.

Primary Course Content

  • Requirements and procedures relating to visa cancellations, refusals, compliance and review
  • Preparing submissions for administrative review and ministerial discretion
  • Research skills, including the identification of relevant and appropriate authorities as a  basis for advocacy and decision making
  • Nature of professional conduct
  • Communication strategies

Learning Outcomes

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

On completing this course students should be able to:
  • Identify and analyse requirements and procedures relating to visa cancellations,       refusals, compliance and other sanctions, appeals and reviews
  • Recognise when and how to undertake appropriate research to prepare       submissions, and effectively advocate for clients
  • Determine and implement appropriate advocacy strategies in negotiation with key stakeholders
  • Plan and prepare communication strategies with key stakeholders including clients and government
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and professional standards, including duty of care, informed consent and the nature of independent advice

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) and completed LAWS8167 Australian Migration Law and LAWS8168 Australia's Visa System.

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 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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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
1365 08 Feb 2016 19 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 15 Apr 2016 Online N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5322 23 May 2016 03 Jun 2016 10 Jun 2016 29 Jul 2016 Online N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6338 05 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2016 23 Sep 2016 11 Nov 2016 Online N/A

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