Marianne Dickie SFHEA

Visting Fellow
Master of Higher Education (ANU)

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Marianne Dickie, has worked extensively in the migration field since 1993. She is a qualified migration agent, was a board member of The Rehabilitation Unit Survivors of Torture and Trauma at the Mater Hospital in Queensland from 1995 to 1996, and worked as immigration adviser to the Australian Democrats from 1998 to 2004, tumultuous years for Australian migration law and policy. Marianne became skilled at Senate Committee inquiries, and ministerial submissions during this time.  Marianne continues to work with the community providing pro bono migration advice. In 2008 she began the only pro bono migration advice clinic in the ACT. The clinic continues in 2016 under the Auspices of Legal Aid ACT.

Marianne worked with the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice from 2007 - 2015 as the Associate Convenor, Convenor, Subdean and Director. The Program is a great success for the ANU regularly recording the highest satisfaction rating from students for any  post graduate program in law across Australia.

She is currently a senior academic and stream convenor for the Master of Laws Migration Law . Marianne holds Masters in Higher Education and is undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Studies Research. She continues to research and write in her two areas of passion, education and migration. 

Marianne has won recognition for her work from both the ANU and the broader community. She was the  2012 ACT Finalist, for the Australian of the Year Local Hero, for human rights advocacy. In 2011 she was awarded the  ANU International Women's Day Award , in recognition of 'inspirational role as sub-dean'. Marianne was presented with the ANU Media Award 2011 Best result from a Media Release (Ball is in the High Court for asylum seekers).  In 2012 the Migration Law Programthe won the ANU Vice Chancellors special commendation for Programs that Enhance Learning. In 2014 the pro-bono migration law clinic was awarded the Community Practice Award from Aids Action Council Act. 


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Co-editor of the quarterly Immigration Review Bulletin published by Lexis Nexis


Year Title
2012 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Program that enhances learning

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Recent news

Fishing Boat
ANU experts will participate in a series of sessions the United Nations on safe and orderly migration, ahead of the establishment of a global compact on the issue.
Close Australian Camps
The Australian government has introduced legislation that seeks to permanently ban asylum seekers and refugees who arrived by boat from entering Australia.
The political fortunes of one of Australia’s most controversial politicians, Pauline Hanson, were revived in the 2016 federal election. Marianne Dickie goes behind the spin to look at what’s really happening in migration policy.
The inquiry into a certain maritime incident was riveting, the final report a gripping expose of deliberate manipulation of the facts writes ANU Law expert Marianne Dickie.

In the Media

Marianne Dickie writes in APPS Policy Forum
Marianne Dickie speaks to SBS World News Radio
Marianne Dickie speaks to SBS News
Marianne Dickie writes in APPS Policy Forum

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research projects & collaborations


Linkage Grant. Linkage Grant.  ANU College of Law Migration Law Program and Migration Institute of Australia, Peer supervised practice.


Doctoral research - The Protege Effect


Linkage Grant.  ANU College of Law Migration Law Program and Migration Institute of Australia, Protégé. Online Community of Practice

Books & edited collections

  • Alan Freckleton, 2015, Administrative Decision Making in Australia, Marianne Dickie (eds),  ANU eTEXT, Canberra, Australia.

Book chapters

  • Dickie, M and Van Galen I, ‘Navigating our Threshold Concepts to Enable Students to Overcome Theirs’, in R Land, J.H.F Meyer and M.T. Flanagan (eds), Threshold Concepts in Practice, (Sense Publishers, forthcoming 2015).

  • Dickie, M 2014, 'Australia Incognita: The Law Declares 'Here There Be Monsters'', in C Douglas, R Monacella (ed.), <em>Places and Spaces of Monstrosity</em>, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 93-105

Conference papers & presentations

  • Marianne Dickie, ‘Navigating our Threshold concepts to enable students to overcome theirs’ (Refereed Paper presented at Threshold Concepts Conference, Durham,10 – 11 July 2014). 

  • 'When Good students go bad' Academic Identities Conference Durham July 2014

  • 'The creaking gate' ALTA 2013 ' Learning to Practice in two dimensions' HERDSA 2013

  • 'Australia Icognita" 2nd Global Conference; Monstrous Geographies Places and Spaces of Monstrosity 2013

  • 'Crash or Crash through: Moving to Moodle in two weeks' Case study Moodle Moot 2010  'Slogging it out with Students' Case study presented at Learning Technologies Conference 2009


2014 – Present

ANU College of Law Web Management Committee

ANU College of Law Education Committee

ANU College of Law Graduate Coursework Committee

2013 – Present

ANU Graduate Academic Progress Committee

2009 – Present

ANU College of Law Migration Law Program Committee

Case notes & book reviews

  • Book review for the Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict; Ruhr-University Bochum- “The Refugee Convention 50 Years on: Globalisation and International Law”, edited by Prof Susan Kneebone 2006.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS8653
Class #3522
Contemporary Issues in Migration Law

Previous courses

Teaching awards

Year Title
2012 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Program that enhances learning

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Past courses

Master of Laws in Migration Law

2015 - Convenor of the Master of Laws in Migration Law

2014 - Program development


Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice (GCAMLP)

2007 - 2015 - LAWS8170 Applied Migration Law and Practice
                    - LAWS8169 Compliance Cancellation and Review                
                    - LAWS8168 Australia’s Visa System
                    - LAWS8167  Australian Migration Law and MARA

2013 - 2015 - GCAMLP supplementary exams

2010 - 2014 - Refugee Law short course

2010            - Short Course in New Zealand Migration Law and Practice      


How my works connects with public policy

Submissions to Parliamentary Inquiries for ANU College of Law:

  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010
  • Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010, Canberra 2010.
  • Joint Standing Committee on Migration , Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into Multiculturalism in Australia, Canberra 2011.
  • Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Parliament of Australia, Australia’s agreement with Malaysia in relation to asylum seekers,  Canberra 2011.
  • ALRC Inquiry into the treatment of family violence in Commonwealth laws


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