LAWS 7037 Migration Practice and Theory 2

Credit Points 20

Legacy Code 201030

Coordinator Jason Donnelly Opens in new window

Description This unit focuses on the practical processes involved in migration practice as a registered migration agent in Australia. The unit covers topics such as the interview consulting process with clients, the regime for lodging valid visa applications (including the methods of lodgement and preparation procedures) and Freedom of Information requests and practical aspects of communicating with the Department. This unit also provides students with the opportunity to undertake a capstone practical placement program with a registered migration agent business in Australia. NOTE: All students must attend a mandatory onsite intensive two-day weekend workshop to address practical aspects reflected in the Occupational Competency Standards of the Department of Home Affairs. Students may also undertake a five day capstone practical placement program to gain professional experience in the migration agent industry in Australia.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 20cp

Check your HECS Band contribution amount via the Fees page.

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 7007 AND
LAWS 7004

Co-requisite(s) LAWS 7038 AND
LAWS 7036

Incompatible Subjects LGYA 4914 - Migration Law in Practice

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 2819 Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Conduct the interview consulting process between a migration agent and prospective client and migration agent and client.
  2. Conduct visa application tasks including preparing, reviewing and lodging visa applications.
  3. Solve migration law problems for clients in practical contexts.
  4. Interact with statutory instrumentalities to process regulatory migration requirements.
  5. Communicate relevant information about migration legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences.

Subject Content

This subject is a capstone Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject with a WIL placement or a Professional Project option. The subject include scenario based activities/placement activities which incorporate migration practice oriented tasks such as preparing visa applications, drafting ministerial intervention applications and undertaking a service/costs agreement. As a capstone unit, it will draw on the skills and knowledge students have developed throughout the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law program.
Unit content includes:
1. The interview consulting process;
2. Lodging applications;
3. Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) applications;
4. Visa application preparation, review and lodgement;
5. Communication with statutory instrumentalities;
6. Interviewing and consultation in a migration law context.

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Students are prohibited from working with children as part of their Professional Placement.


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task: Practical Migration Agent Task 1,000 words 20 N Individual
Quiz: Multiple Choice 60 minutes 20 N Individual
Assessment 3 Option 1: a) Professional Placement Performance b) Reflective Journal a) 5 days b) 1,500 words 60 Y Individual
Assessment 3 Option 2: Case Study 1,500 words 60 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Marial Lewis Opens in new window

View timetable Opens in new window

2022 Semester 2



Subject Contact Marial Lewis Opens in new window

View timetable Opens in new window