THE PROGRAM

                                      The course consists of 32 hours of study and optional assessment. It is scheduled over two
                                      weekends. The objectives of the course are to give all students a comprehensive introduction
                                      to the study of immigration law including developing legal literacy and study skills.

                                      It is a full fee paying course and designed to provide an introduction for students who wish to
                                      undertake the Graduate Certificate in Australian Immigration Law and Practice or as a
                                      professional development course for those working in the migration sector, including welfare,

                                      administration or public sector positions.


                                      There are many reasons why you may consider undertaking this course including:

IMMIGRATION LAW                               You have never undertaken higher education course in law studies and wish to
                                              undertake the Graduate Certificate.
                                              You have been advised that completion of this course is pre requisite for entry into
                                              the Graduate Certificate.
                                              Your selection was based on TAFE qualifications and work experience and you have
                                              no academic or higher education qualifications or previous law studies
                                              It is a long time since you last studied
                                              Your work performance in your job or volunteer position would benefit from a greater
                                              understanding of immigration law and how to access information.
                                              In order to assess whether it is a career area you wish to pursue.

A comprehensive introduction to the
Academic study of Immigration Law     Successfully completing assessment items will result in the award of the Professional
                                      Certificate of Immigration Law.

Our course has both presenters who are barristers and solicitors who have specialist                      WHAT DOES IT COVER?
expertise in the migration industry. Many of our presenters are experienced in preparing                  The course is divided into the following modules. Within each there are a variety of topics.
practitioners to deal with Australian Immigration Law issues at a practical level. Many have              There is optional assessment in each module that participants are encourage to undertake to
been involved in teaching in Migration Law for over 13 years. Equally important we have                   gain feedback on their understanding and development of skills. The classes comprise
teachers who are specialists in preparing students for post graduate academic study and                   lectures, practical exercises and group work. The classes will be interactive and each
developing literacy skills. The classes are small in order too ensure a quality learning                  participant will receive individual support dependent on their needs.
                                                                                                          Introduction to Legal Studies
COURSE DIRECTOR                                                                                           This module comprises sessions on academic writing skills, undertaking legal assessment,
                                                                                                          research skills including how to use electronic resources for cases and legislation, reading legal
                                                                                                          documents, referencing and using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. These are all essential
                                                                                                          skills to using and accessing immigration law.

                                                                                                           A number of sessions will be held in a computer laboratory to ensure you are able to develop
                                                                                                          your skills using essential electronic data bases.

                                                                                                          There will be an emphasis on practical writing exercises and in particular specific classes in
Dr. Rodger Fernandez, B.Ec, LL.B. (Mon), M.Tax. (Melb), Ph.D (Law) (Syd), Law Institute of                planning and editing your work.
Victoria accredited Specialist Solicitor in Immigration Law, Senior Lawyer, FCG Legal, Pty
Ltd, Adjunct Professor of Law, Victoria University                                                        The teachers are all experienced in developing the foundation skills required for working or
                                                                                                          studying in a legal environment
This is a face to face course held at Victoria Law School over two weekends. The classes are small in
order to ensure they can be interactive and students can have individual issues addressed.                Introduction to the Australian legal system and principles
                                                                                                          This module covers the Australian legal system, statutory interpretation and judicial lawmaking.
                                                                                                          There will be an emphasis on understanding common legal terms.
Preference will be given to those that have been advised that it is a prerequisite to being given a
place in the Graduate Certificate program. Places are allocated in order of receipt of full payment and
                                                                                                          Topics include:
a completed registration form.
                                                                                                                   Origins of Australian Law
DATES                                                                                                              The Australian Constitution
Day 1 Saturday 19th June                                                                                           Parliamentary sovereignty
Day 2 Sunday 20th June                                                                                             The hierarchy of courts and tribunals
Day 3 Saturday 3rd July                                                                                            Separation of powers
Day 4 Sunday 4th July                                                                                              The Rule of Law
                                                                                                                   Common law v Statute law
9.00 am – 4.30pm each day                                                                                          Statutes (Acts of Parliament)
VENUE                                                                                                              Delegated legislation (Regulations)
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, School of Law                                                                             Gazette notices
Victoria University                                                                                                Ministerial Directions
295 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Migration legislation and Overview                                                                    PRIVACY
These sessions include a broad overview of the history of immigration law, a study of the current     Information provided by participants to the Cowen Centre will be entered into the Centre’s
legislative and statutory framework, valid visa applications and visa structure and fundamental       database for administrative purposes. The information may also be used by the Cowen
application procedures. In addition to ensuring students understand the broad legal context           Centre to forward advertising and promotional material to participants. A list of participants
specific introduction to visas classes and applications will provide detailed understanding how the   will be provided to presenters.
system operates.
Topics include:                                                                                       Registrations are not transferable. Refunds of fees paid may be requested at any time up to
    Legislative framework                                                                             7 days before a seminar. A fee of $200.00 will be deducted from the refund. Other than in
    Legal requirements for a valid visa application                                                   special circumstances confirmed in writing, no refund of fees may be sought during the week
    Australia’s visa structure including visa classes and subclasses, substantive and non-            immediately preceding a seminar.
    substantive visas, granting, evidencing, re-evidencing, voiding and cancelling of visas
                                                                                                      PROGRAM CHANGES
COURSE MATERIALS                                                                                      FCG Legal Pty Ltd and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre reserve the right to change or
You will be supplied with comprehensive course notes and materials as part of your tuition            reschedule the seminar, presenters and venues at which the seminar is to be presented. FCG
fee. The course materials will include activity workbooks, essential legislation and notes.           Legal Pty Ltd and the Cowen Centre also retain the right to cancel a seminar if there are
                                                                                                      insufficient registrants.

The tuition fee for the course is $ $1485.00. This is payable in full in order to secure your
place in the course. Places are limited.

You must complete the attached registration form and submit to the Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
Victoria University
P O Box 14428
Melbourne VIC 8001
Phone 61 3 9919 1812
Fax 61 3 9919 1817
                                                   (Introduction to Academic Study)
Victoria University ABN 83 776 954 731
CRICOS Provider Number 00124K

                                                                      Immigration Law Short Course
                                       Fee:                              $1485.00

                                       Time:                                   9.00am – 4.30pm

                                       Venue:                                  Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
                                                                               Level 2, 295 Queen Street
                                                                               (entry via Little Lonsdale Street)

                                       Enquiries:                              Phone: + 61 3 9919 1812 or

                  Name:                                       _______________________________________________________________

                  VU Student No.:_________________
                  Address:                                    __________________________________________________________________________________

                  Tel (Work):                                 __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Tel (Mobile):                               __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Email (Please print):                       __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Please note: Full payment must accompany application form
                  I enclose a bank cheque/money order for $………………… made payable to Victoria University
                  (personal cheques will not be accepted) OR Please debit my Visa / Mastercard (please circle) - Sorry, we do not accept American Express Cards
                  Card Number:                                __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Expiry Date:                                __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Amount:                                     __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Name on Card:                               __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Signature:                                  __________________________________________________________________________________
                  Cancellation after registration will incur a $200 administrative fee.
                  Please note: Victoria University retains the right to vary the program, or alternatively not offer the program.

                  Email, fax or post your application to:
                  Attention: Course Enquiries Office
                  Australian Immigration Law - Sir Zelman Cowen Centre - Victoria University
                  PO Box 14428, MELBOURNE VIC 8001
                  E F +61 3 9919 1817         T +61 3 9919 1812       WWW.VU.EDU.AU/SZCC

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