• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice MLP
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Er-Kai Wang
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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‘Principles of Australian Migration Law and Practice’ takes students through a comprehensive overview of Australian migration law and policy by examining the fundamental principles and the legal framework under which migration law exists, and some of the key concepts in the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth). It prepares graduates for careers in legal practice or in migration law and policy making.

Taught online, this course is designed to increase the students' knowledge and understanding of the relationship between levels of legislation, case law and policy in the migration law context. Students will experience legislation in operation through statutory interpretation and analysis, review and analysis of complex legislative requirements including visa validity and eligibility. The course informs academic scholarship in this area and increases students' experience in practice by teaching them to critically analyse legislative requirements, and to apply their integrated knowledge to help in providing migration related services and in managing client and stakeholder relationships.

The course complements and expands the knowledge and skills needed in professional legal practice. It is one of the four courses on aspects of migration law and practice. The other three course are 'Family, humanitaian and other non-skilled visas', 'Skilled, employer sponsored and business visas' and 'Compliance, visa cancellation and review'.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Research, synthesise and critically evaluate Australian migration legislation, jurisprudence and policy
  2. Review client visa requirements and eligibility in order to determine appropriate solutions and courses of action, develop submissions and effectively advocate for clients in migration and refugee related matters
  3. Critically analyse complex issues, decisions and opinions on migration outcomes in order to communicate with relevant stakeholders and formulate strategies for appropriate action
  4. Research and critically reflect on the implications of current developments and complex issues in migration law and policy, either from a law reform perspective or client perspective
  5. Critically reflect on and apply the ethical and professional standards of migration law practitioners and their obligations under the Code of Conduct, duty of care, informed consent and the nature of independent advice

Indicative Assessment

  1. Draft a presentation speech to a community organisation on topical migration issues (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Problem-based assignment (internal legal memo, letter of advice to client or submission to the Department or Tribunal) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This is a 6 unit course which has the equivalent full time student load (EFTSL) of 6/48 = 0.125. The number of study hours allocated to an EFTSL of 0.125 is 10 – 12 hours per week. Continuous online participation is required throughout the course, as students must participate in discussion forums and other activities.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts.

Preliminary Reading

Legislation and relevant government agency policy is available online via the LEGENDcom subscription service and accessible to students enrolled in the course.

Government agency reports and other publications.

Parliamentary reports and submissions

A list of selected case law, books, journal articles, audio and video recordings will be provided in topic readings and resources on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

It will be assumed that students or participants (CPD and audit) have some knowledge of, or experience in, constitutional law, administrative law, contract law, corporations law, legal drafting, statutory interpretation or related study or experience.

Those who do not will be provided with links on the Wattle site to information and expected to manage their own learning to attain basic background knowledge.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4236 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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