• 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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The 'Family, Humanitarian and Other non-skilled visas’ course takes students through the statutory framework and its application to visas relating to family, humanitarian and other non-skilled visas. It enables students to understand the context and working mechanisms of these Australian visa systems, and prepares graduates for careers in legal practice or in migration law and policy making. It allows students to experience migration legislation in operation through statutory interpretation and analysis, review and analysis of complex cases in examining the range of specific requirements of these visas.

This course will inform academic scholarship in this area and increase students’ expertise in practice by teaching them to refer to legislation first, then analyse complex cases and correctly interpret legislation and policy. Students will learn how to apply their integrated knowledge when providing migration related legal services and managing client and stakeholder relationships. Students will be required to conduct research to evaluate law and policy on family, humanitarian and other non-skilled visas and produce submissions for the consideration of government decision makers in relation to visa applications.

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 'Principles of Australian Migration Law and Practice', '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. Critically analyse and integrate knowledge of a range of Family, Humanitarian and Other non-skilled visas, application and grant procedures and relevant legislative requirements to provide accurate and appropriate advice to clients.
  2. Apply critical thinking and creativity to professionally diagnose client needs and create and justify strategies and solutions to resolve visa eligibility issues.
  3. Conduct research to plan and develop submissions for government decision makers to consider compelling and compassionate circumstances of prospective Family, Humanitarian and other non-skilled visa applicants.
  4. Research, evaluate, compare and contrast how other Western democracies approach the social and legal aspects of Family and Humanitarian migration.
  5. Critically reflect on and apply migration law practitioners’ ethical and professional obligations in diagnosing client needs, client communication, drafting and advocacy, and demonstrate expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quiz: At the end of Week 6, students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of key visa concepts by completing an online quiz. (10) [LO 1,5]
  2. Research Essay: Students will be required to apply their learnings from the Topics and undertake a 4000 word research project. From a range of topics offered by the Convenor, each student will be able to select one that is most closely aligned to their personal and professional interest. (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Letters of advice: Students will be required to build on what they have learned in the Topics and provide simulated letters of advice to clients on three hypothetical scenarios with a combined word limit of 3000 words. (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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This is a 6-unit course with an 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.

All course materials will be available online.

The course requires continuous online participation 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
4235 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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