University of Technology Sydney

78300 Introduction to Migration Law

6cp; distance (online delivery)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is delivered online. It is the first subject in the Graduate Diploma of Migration Law and Practice (C06122). Students are introduced to the required knowledge to understand migration legislation in the context of Australia's legal system, as well as the ethical obligations applicable to a professional migration advisor. Students learn and practise the application of knowledge through the development of skills and reflection in preparation for professional practice as a migration agent. The subject aims to equip students with the skills needed to communicate with clients and key stakeholders, research relevant law, and self-regulate their professional work. Commencing with a brief history of migration law and policy, students develop an awareness of the role of migration agents in Australia.

Working with the LEGENDcom database, developed, maintained and used by the Department of Home Affairs ('the department'), students learn to apply migration law and policy to practical scenarios. Participation in drafting, interviewing, advice-writing exercises and online discussions enables students to practise, and receive feedback on, essential skills in a client-focused environment. This real-world context also allows students to develop an ethical framework for problem solving and decision making.

This subject is aligned with the Occupational Competency Standards for Migration Agents. The nine standards set out the knowledge, skills and professionalism required of an Australian migration agent. This subject meets the following three standards:

  • Standard 1 – Make preliminary contact with potential client
  • Standard 4 – Represent clients before the department and other bodies based on a detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and government policy and in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles
  • Standard 6 – Finalise matters in accordance with legal requirements and ethical principles.

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