CUS305 Immigration Law, Policy and 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.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra 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

Grading System



One session


Centre 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS305 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
Immigration policy factors
Immigration issues in catdom

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.