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Unit rationale, description and aim

There is a distinctive group of visas that can be defined as Economic in description and are employer sponsored or skill based. These visas are contentious and volatile in nature especially in recent times. The delegated legislation that provides the basis of eligibility for this group of visas is directed by the government of the day and therefore has the propensity to change at a moment's notice. Students will build on their already developing research skills to enable them to conduct appropriate examination of the Migration Act, the Regulations and policy at any moment in time. On completion of this unit, students should demonstrate the advanced skills needed to undertake relevant research to prepare appropriate professional diagnosis of client needs, communications, submissions and applications to government and other stakeholders specifically in relation to employer sponsored and or skilled visas.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

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

LO1Locate, navigate and interpret Migration legislation relating to visas for economic migration and identify the role of policy. (GA4, GA5; GA8) 

LO2 - Demonstrate knowledge on economic visa applications and processing including types of visas, validity, criteria and conditions (GA3; GA4; GA5; GA7; GA8; GA9) 

LO3 - Strategically analyse and assess client’s economic visa eligibility and effectively communicate with stakeholders (GA3; GA4; GA5);  

LO4 - Research, formulate and implement appropriate strategies for providing effective  practical advice to clients on economic visa options and pathways. (GA3; GA4; GA5; GA7; GA8; GA9) 

Graduate attributes

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


  • Introduction to Economic Migration 
  • Occupation lists, skills assessments English language requirements 
  • General Skilled Migration 
  • Points tests and skilled migration 
  • Skilled regional visas 
  • Employer Sponsored Migration 
  • Sponsorship, Labour Agreements and Nominations 
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) 457 visa 
  • ENS and RSMS visas 
  • Business and Investment Migration 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This is the third unit in the Graduate Diploma of Australian Migration Law and Practice. It is the prescribed qualification for initial registration with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) as per s289A of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).   


Our strategy is to encourage students to actively engage with unit content and their peers. Up to 80% of graduates will be in practice as sole practitioners. It is envisaged that developing a community of practice within each unit of learning will encourage students to maintain connections with peers into their professional careers. 


This subject will be delivered online only. We have taken an online learning approach to provide accessibility and flexibility to our post graduate students and a student focused approach that increases depth of learning and engagement through actively utilising LEO.   

Assessment strategy and rationale

This graduate course is the prescribed qualification for registration with OMARA to provide migration advice. On completion of all units, students who wish to apply for registration will also sit an independent capstone examination regulated by OMARA. 


The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes listed. Occupational Competency Standards have been produced by the Department of Home Affairs and have guided our assessment as the underpinning knowledge and skills required by a migration law practitioner. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Engagement in designated online activities and reflective journal 


LO1; LO2; LO3; LO4 

GA4; GA5; GA7; GA8; GA9 

Advice to Clients 


LO1; LO2; LO3; LO4 

GA3; GA4; GA5; GA7; GA8; GA9 

Advice to Clients  


LO1; LO2; LO3; LO4 

GA3; GA4; GA5; GA7; GA8; GA9 

Representative texts and references


Legendcom http://  

Australian Guide to Legal Citations, Third Edition 

Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth) 

Legislative Instruments Act 2003 (Cth) 

Migration Act 1958 (Cth) 

Migration Regulations 1994 

Department of Home Affairs Procedural Instructions and Policy 

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