LAWS 7007 Australian Migration Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200965

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Description This subject provides students with an introduction to Australia's immigration system. It provides students with a broad overview of sources of Australian migration law, explores the role of government policy in migration law, and outlines the key components of Australia's migration program. The subject gives students a strong grounding in key terminology used in Australian migration law, and introducesto Australian visas. The subject explores the regulatory regime for losing a visa and addresses immigration offences.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in program 2803/2819 Graduate Diploma in Migration Law, 2810 Master of Laws (International Governance), 2826 Juris Doctor or 2824 Master of Laws. This program is available to international students who may obtain a Subclass 600 Tourist Visas (with visa condition 8201 - Max 3 Months Study), 485 Temporary Graduate Visa or other non-student visas with permission to study.

Assumed Knowledge

Prior study and English language proficiency as per the requirements of program 2803/2819 - Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the structure of Australia's immigration system, including sources of migration law and role of government policy;
  2. Examine the nature of Australian visas and the implications for the loss of Australian visas;
  3. Assess the importance of compliance with Australian migration laws and consider the regime with respect to immigration offences in Australia;
  4. Effectively explain legal procedures and advice on Australian migration law in written form;
  5. Apply basic research skills for relevant legal information on Australian migration law;

Subject Content

The Immigration System
Introduction to Visas
Losing a Visa
Immigration Offences
Public Interest Criteria


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Case Study 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Final Exam 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)



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Summer (2023)



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Spring (2024)



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