Courses & Units

Australian Citizenship and Immigration Law LAW655



Summer semester intensive unit

Semester 2 Off campus offering is only available for outbound exchange students studying an equivalent unit overseas on approved international exchange.


This subject examines the major legal and policy issues relating to Australian citizenship and migration law. The subject begins with an historical background to immigration in Australia and an overview of the legislative framework.  The subject will identify the role of registered migration agents in Australia, then focus on an analysis of the legislation, policy and developing case law in relation to the main visa classes.  It will then pass on to the often controversial issue of asylum seekers and refugees (including detention and offshore processing), visa cancellation and the "character test", and merits review and the judicial review of migration decisions.


Unit name Australian Citizenship and Immigration Law
Unit code LAW655
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

 Nicholas Poynder

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Intensive Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Intensive Session Jan A 5/1/2015 7/1/2015 10/1/2015 16/1/2015

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090900

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Either LAW221,LAW222,LAW223,LAW224,LAW225,LAW226, LAW204,and LAW205

OR LAW250,LAW251, LAW252,LAW253,LAW254,LAW255,LAW256,and LAW204


Teaching Pattern

Taught intensively 9 am – 12 noon 5 days a week, 5 Jan – 16th

Jan 2015

Class Presentation (team work) 30%,  4,000 word research paper 60%, Participation 10%

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