• Class Number 3522
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Er-Kai Wang
    • Er-Kai Wang
    • Gabor Hajdu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course will examine current issues that drive Australian Migration Law and policy. Students will consider the role media, polling, politics, the judiciary and outside influences play on the implementation of law and policy. They will examine current legislative changes, and the impact they will have on individuals and society. The course will end with a detailed focus on three areas of influence that are having a global impact on migration law.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is expected that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  1. Research and identify and critique current and relevant issues within Migration Law.
  2. Analyse the theoretical impact of contemporary issues in Migration Law.
  3. Identify and critically evaluate current key issues of influence within Migration law and policy and apply these to practice.
  4. Provide in depth advice to clients in relation to legislative amendments that may have direct or indirect influence on their migration outcomes.
  5. Participate at a high level in public debate including parliamentary or government inquiries.

Research-Led Teaching

Field Trips

There will be two optional Tribunal observations in Sydney:

Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 & Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Time: 9 am AEST

Place: Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Level 6, 83 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Students are required to email: er-kai.wang@anu.edu.au and indicate your intention to attend. We are to meet at the AAT reception on Level 6. You can find the AAT's daily hearing listings on: http://www.aat.gov.au/daily-listings. Students must meet the costs for these trips.

Required Resources

As Migration legislation changes so frequently the course does not recommend textbooks which can quickly become out of date. We will be using specific readings from texts which will be available on the Wattle course site. In addition to the required readings you are also expected to read all documents provided in the Resources area for each topic.

Other resources are available at the ANU Law Library including online resources such as LEGENDcom (alternatives: ComLaw, Austlii or LexisNexis).

Staff Feedback

You will be given written and/or oral feedback pointing out things that have been done well and those that could be done better or differently. You will be given written or oral feedback following any submission of an assessment. This is typically available 1-4 weeks after submission of the assessment. You may seek further elaboration on any feedback - either from your marker or by the convenor. If you feel that your feedback and grade does not reflect your performance, please contact the convenor in writing and outline your concerns.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

External Resources

Information about the ANU Law Library, including details of E-Legal research online resources (for example, CCH Intelliconnect, Legal Online, LexisNexisAU, etc) is available to ANU students and can be found at http://anulib.anu.edu.au/subjects/law. For access to the online resources please go to: http://virtual.anu.edu.au then type in your student number and password. At various points throughout the course you will be directed to other useful external resources.

ANU Library

All enrolled ANU students can access the ANU databases (including the full-text databases such as Westlaw) through the ANU Library webpage http://anulib.anu.edu.au/lib_home.html

Opening hours for the Law Library can be accessed at http://anulib.anu.edu.au/using-the-library/opening-hours/.

To access restricted ANU web pages from home as though coming from a computer on campus you need the Reverse Proxy Server known as ‘Virtual’. You can access

virtual through http://virtual.anu.edu.au/login. Students living near another law school may need to access print resources from their local school. ANU students can use these collections through the University Library Australia national borrowing scheme. The scheme allows people who are enrolled at a university in one city to access university libraries in another city at a reduced rate. For further information see http://www.caul.edu.au/caul-programs/university-library-australia.

Students who wish to participate in this scheme need to join at the library they wish to access material from. The cost of the scheme is $50 per academic year. The ANU document delivery service is available for remotely located students in non-capital cities. For further information see https://anulib.anu.edu.au/using-the-library/document-supply-services/.

The ANU Library Off-Campus Service is available to students who live more than 60 kilometres from the ANU campus at Acton, ACT. Before using the service for the first time, you will need to complete the online User Agreement Form. You will then be able to request a book, table of contents, chapter or article using the request forms on the Off-Campus Service web pages. For further information see http://anulib.anu.edu.au/offcampus/.

Referencing Requirements

Where required, students must use footnotes for referencing and the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr/aglc) for the citation style. 

Word Limits

The method of calculation of word length for assessment pieces in this course is a global word count. This means that when calculating the number of words of a piece of assessment students must include all headings, text, and footnotes (excluding bibliography). Students should calculate this using Microsoft Word’s word count function or equivalent. The default penalty is as follows: the mark which is awarded initially will be reduced by half the proportion by which the word limit has been exceeded. As an example, if the word limit is 2,000 words, and the essay submitted is 3,000 words long, then the initial mark for the essay would be reduced by 25% of that mark.

Papers which fall short of words will not be penalised on that basis alone. However, short papers risk failing to address the question adequately.


The Sub-Dean can be contacted via email on subdean.slp@anu.edu.au

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 (25 Feb) Introductions, including course content, materials and assessment
2 (4 Mar) Course overview and themes Assessment Task 1 general instructions released 4 March 2019 Assessment Task 3 released 4 March 2019
3 (11 Mar) Topic 1A - Current ‘state of play’ in Australian Migration Law and Policy
4 (18 Mar) Topic 1B - Recent and proposed legislative changes
5 (25 Mar) Topic 2 - Parliamentary scrutiny of proposed legislative changes Assessment Task 2 released on 28 March 2019
6 (1 Apr) Topic 3A - Senate Committee scrutiny of proposed legislative changes Assessment Task 1 Part A due 3 April 2019 Assessment Task 1 Part A feedback due 8 April 2019
7 (22 Apr) Topic 3B - Senate Committee scrutiny - specific example
8 (29 Apr) Topic 4A - Judicial scrutiny of migration legislation – powers and limits Assessment Task 2 due 29 April 2019
9 (6 May) Topic 4B - Recent High Court jurisprudence considering Australian migration legislation and policy
10 (13 May) Topic 4C - Recent Australian migration legislation and policy subject to judicial scrutiny
11 (20 May) Topic 5 - Inter-branch tensions and the shaping of Australian migration legislation and policy Assessment Task 2 feedback due 21 May 2019
12 (27 May) Preparation of Assessment Tasks 1 (Part B) and 3. Assessment Task 1 Part B due 21 May 2019 Assessment Task 3 due 31 May 2019 Assessment Tasks 1 (Part B) and 3 feedback due 28 June 2019

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Discussion Forum posts (20%) 20 % 21/05/2019 28/06/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry (40%) 40 % 29/04/2019 21/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay (40%) 40 % 31/05/2019 28/06/2019 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This is an online course. Students will study online and are expected to devote 10-12 hours per week to studying, participating online in group forum discussions and Live Classrooms on Adobe Connect and conducting individual research.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in online activities. This including posting in Discussion Forum activities, participating in online classes (whenever you can) and watching recordings of classes, lectures and other video resources. Resources and materials will be provided online. You will also be expected to undertake your own private research in addition to the readings and forum discussions.

You are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Tribunal observation activity (further information will be available in the course site). It is migration law in action and previous students have found the observation activities very interesting and informative.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in online activities. Resources and materials will be provided online. You will also be expected to undertake your own private research in addition to the readings and forum discussions.

You must check Wattle course announcements and forum discussions as well as your ANU email at least every 24-48 hours.

All email correspondence from the ANU will be sent to your ANU email address. You may arrange for your ANU Email to be forwarded to an email address you check daily.

Alternatively, set your personal setting to provide you with all the reminders you need to achieve this. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to ensure you are actively committed and involved in this course.

The course will be conducted in the following time zones (Canberra time). 

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT): from 7 October 2018 to 7 April 2019.

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): from 7 April 2019 to 6 October 2019. 

Please make appropriate adjustments if you are located in a different time zone.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Discussion Forum posts (20%)

Format: Discussion Forum posts. This assessment task is submitted in Part A and Part B:

Part A (10%) - Discussion Forum activities on Topics 1 and 2.

Part B (10%) - Discussion Forum activities on Topics 3, 4 and 5.

Due dates: Part A is due on 3 April 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT. Part B is due on 21 May 2019, 11:55pm AEST.

Word limit: 1500 words inclusive of all headings, text and footnotes (Your post for each Topic activity should be 300 words). 

Estimated return date: Part A is returned on 8 April 2019. Part B is returned on 28 June 2019.

Assessment Criteria:

Understanding and addressing issues

  • Addresses the question and covers all the important points.
  • Evidence of close consideration of the question and the research materials drawn on;
  • Issues raised by the topic are clearly and concisely identified and analysed.

Argument and analysis

  • Originality of ideas and critical analysis of the material
  • Complexity and insight in dealing with theory/ideas;
  • Well-reasoned conclusions.

Presentation, style and referencing

  • Clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader;
  • Use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling;
  • Full and accurate footnotes together with a bibliography;
  • Style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • Adherence to word limit.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 29/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry (40%)

Format: Written submission addressing terms of reference of inquiry, released on 28 March 2019

Due date: Wednesday 29 April 2019, 11:55pm AEST.

Word limit: 3200 words including all headings, tables, text and footnotes. 

Estimated return date: 21 May 2019

Assessment Criteria:

Understanding and addressing issues

  • The student clearly identifies and considers the legal and other e.g. social, economic or international issues raised by the Bill.
  • Identifies and analyses potential effects of the Bill. 

Argument and analysis

  • The student demonstrates critical analysis through close consideration of the issues and implications raised by the Bill.
  • The student explains and defends their position in a clear and logical manner through reference to applicable existing law and policy and the provisions of the Bill.
  • The student makes appropriate use of the research materials to develop well-reasoned arguments or persuasive discussions within the submission.


  • Research covering relevant legal and non-legal materials
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesise and apply relevant research materials
  • Use of theoretical material where appropriate

Presentation, style and referencing

  • Good use of structure, section headings and paragraphs
  • Clarity and conciseness of expression, interesting and engaging of reader
  • Use of appropriate terminology and correct grammar, syntax and spelling
  • Full and accurate footnotes together with a bibliography
  • Style according to Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • Adherence to word limit

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Research Essay (40%)

Format: Essay to be chosen from list of research topics, released on 4 March 2019.

Due date: 31 May 2019, 11:55pm AEST.

Word limit: 3200 words including all headings, tables, text and footnotes. 

Estimated return date: 28 June 2019.

Assessment Criteria:

Understanding and addressing the Issues

  • The issues raised by the topic are considered, clearly identified and presented in the student’s essay.
  • The student demonstrates an ability to accurately cite relevant domestic and international legislation and/or policy where appropriate.

Communication and Development of Argument

  • The student defends their position in a clear and logical manner through reference to the facts and/or applicable law.


  • The student demonstrates critical analysis through close consideration of the question and appropriate use of the research materials to develop well-reasoned arguments or persuasive discussions within the essay.


  • The student demonstrates the ability to organize sources and integrate material from research resources into the essay.

Presentation, style and referencing

  • The student presents their essay with a clear and concise expression that is stylistically appropriate with good use of structure, paragraphs and section headings where applicable.
  • The student uses appropriate terminology, correct grammar, syntax and spelling.
  • The student demonstrates adherence to the ANU guidelines on presentation, style, referencing and word limits.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You may be required to submit an assessment either through:

1.   Wattle dropbox and Turnitin, or

2.   Wattle dropbox only, or

3.   Turnitin only.

Please read the instruction for each assessment carefully.

Where assessments are to be submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site, you will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assessment.

Where assessments are to be submitted using Wattle dropbox in the course Wattle site, you will be required to electronically sign a declaration, by tick boxes, as part of the submission of your assessment. If you fail to do this, you assessment will be recorded as a draft only. This may affect its acceptance as a submitted assessment.

Please keep a copy of all your assessments for your records.

Assessments must be submitted in the format identified in the assessment instructions.

Research essays, reflective comments or similar documents must be submitted in 12-point font, double-spaced, formatted for A4-size paper, and with pages numbered. 

Hardcopy Submission

No hard copy submission will be accepted in this class.

Late Submission

Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
  • Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Your written work will receive feedback and grading via the course Wattle site under the corresponding assessment drop box. Assessment results are typically available between 1-4 weeks after the due date via the same dropbox your assessments were submitted to. The Convenor will post announcements about when you can expect your assessment results.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Er-Kai Wang

Research Interests

Er-Kai Wang’s employment at the ANU College of Law began in 2010, being appointed as an Associate Lecturer a year later and contributing her expertise as Sub-Dean in the College’s Migration Law Program between 2017 and 2018.  Er-kai’s focus on disability, human rights, anti-discrimination and employment law is a reflection of her strong background and previous experience in these areas in various capacities. 

Er-kai has been teaching and convening in the Migration Law Program since 2011 in the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice and the Master of Laws (Migration) courses.

?Er-kai’s broad work experience has been in a variety of work environments, including experience in the Australian Government, and as a lawyer in various Commonwealth, State and Territory Government Departments, and community organisations, provides her with a strong understanding of Government and non-government processes.

In addition to her academic and legal obligations, Er-kai undertakes volunteer migration advice and other legal work for Legal Aid and community organisations. She supervises law students and volunteer migration agents at the Legal Aid Commission Migration Clinic in Canberra. She has also represented clients before the Department of Home Affairs and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Er-kai’s research interest focuses on the cross-section between migration law and criminal law, administrative decision making in migration law, merits review and judicial review of migration decisions.

Gabor Hajdu has taught courses in the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice since he joined the ANU Legal Workshop in 2013. In the Master of Laws (LLM) program, he has convened LAWS8650 – Applied Australian Migration Law and Practice (the Practice Ready Program), LAWS8651 – Fundamentals of Australian Migration Law and LAWS8658 – Skilled and Business Migration.

Gabor has extensive experience in teaching and working both in the migration area and management at senior levels in the Australian Public Service. He runs his own migration practice and is a NAATI certified and accredited translator and interpreter.

Gabor’s research interests are citizenship, examination practices in online courses and students’ performance in online exams.

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