Ms Marianne Dickie

Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Law
T: 0401072808

Research interests

  • Refugee Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Higher Education
  • Online learning and teaching
  • Professional development


In 1994 Marianne Dickie began working with refugees as a member of a board managing a rehabilitation unit for survivors of torture and trauma (TRUSST) in Qld. Twenty years later Marianne’s commitment to the rights of refugees and asylum seekers has become her life's work.  As Director of the Migration Law Program, Marianne remains determined to improve the legal support system for migrants and asylum seekers by providing generations of future migration law practitioners the best possible education. Her personal drive has fuelled the development of 33 practitioners as teachers within the Migration Law Program. Marianne also understands the importance of grassroots work in this legal space. In 2007 she established a pro bono migration advice clinic that provides support previously unavailable or unaffordable to migrants in the ACT. Evidence of her commitment to advocacy is reflected in submissions to Senate inquiries, law reviews and public commentary that she has written or organised through the Migration Law Program. Her commitment to human rights was recognised by the community in 2012 when she was a finalist in the ACT Australian of the Year.

Marianne held the position of Director of Migration Law at ANU until 2016. She designed and convened the Migration Stream of the LLM Migration Law until 2018. 

Marianne currently undertaking doctoral studies, she has handed the probono clinic to ACT legal aid and continues to work for the clinic. Marianne works part time for Senator Larissa Waters advising on migration law and case work.

Researcher's projects

Protege This project seeks to assess the efficacy of online community of practice designed for early career Australian migration agents. The community of practice ( CoP) will bring together a small number 0 of recently registered migration agents (called proteges) with several experienced practitioner mentors  in a secure online environment which facilitates both informal learning, support and professional development and a number of structured reflective group based tasks. The COP is designed to be a new structured program which supports early career migration agents, many of whom would not otherwise have a supportive professional/peer environment in which they can ask questions, seek informal advice and continue to learn and grow professionally with peer recognition. This gap has been identified by researchers and significant regulators and policy stakeholders as an area that needs urgent attention for individuals and the profession as a whole.


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