CUS305 Immigration Law, Policy & Practice (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the law, policy and practices that impact on the regulatory and facilitatory border management role in respect of people crossing national borders. Migration Law is studied from both international and domestic perspectives.  The subject considers sociological, humanitarian and demographic policy impacts and such practical issues such as visas and entry permits, border operations and compliance.

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Session 1
OnlineCanberra Campus
Session 2
OnlineCanberra Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS305
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of migration law (international and domestic) on border operations
  • be able to critically discuss and formulate perspectives on the policy drivers (humanitarian, sociological, economic, demographic) affecting the border management role in respect of people crossing national borders.
  • be able to demonstrate an informed understanding of immigration practices at the border
  • be able to identify, develop and articulate solutions to selected people/passenger processing issues and problems in the border management context.
  • be able to critically assess and analyse the challenges faced by customs, immigration and other border agencies in the delivery of their services


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Immigration policy drivers: humanitarian, sociological, economic and demographic.
  • Visas and entry permits: definition, purpose, evidence.
  • Legislation: international (UN, airlines, maritime) and domestic.
  • Operations: borders, interviewing techniques, document examination, imposter recognition, procedures (processing)
  • Compliance; analysis, detection, detention, removal.
  • Contemporary and emerging issues: global issues regional & local issues


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.