The Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice equips students with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to practice as a qualified Migration Agent in Australia.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma is designed to accommodate professionals who may need to balance the competing pressures of family, work and lifestyle.

Students will study eight units (subjects) over the course of one year (full time) or two years (part time). Subjects include:

  • Australian Migration Law and Policy
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • the Australian Visa system, including applications, appeals and reviews.

The course emphasises problem-based, real-life interactive learning experiences.

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How to become a Migration Agent

The Department of Home Affairs has approved the ACU Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice as a prescribed course.

Visit the OMARA website to view the knowledge requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice is the minimum qualification for individuals seeking registration in Australia as a Migration Agent. Only Registered Migration Agents can legally give immigration assistance in Australia.

In addition to the Graduate Diploma, applicants must pass a Capstone assessment in order to register as a Migration Agent in Australia.

The Capstone assessment will be an independent assessment of the candidate’s ability to meet the Occupational Competency Standards for Registered Migration Agents.

The Capstone assessment is also open to applicants who completed the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice prior to 01 January 2018. However, if you did not pass the prescribed exam that formed part of the Graduate Certificate course, or if a substantial amount of time has elapsed since completing the course, careful consideration should be given to whether you are sufficiently prepared to pass the more rigorous Capstone assessment.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma and the Capstone exam administered by Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), graduates may seek registration to practice as a Registered Migration Agent.

Consult OMARA for the additional requirements needed to register as a migration agent.


The course is offered online with two optional weekend intensives at the North Sydney campus.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who were previously enrolled in the Graduate Certificate may apply to have their credits transferred to the Graduate Diploma and receive Recognition of Prior Learning for units completed as part of the Graduate Certificate.

If a lawyer wants to obtain the Graduate Diploma they would receive credits for Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 4 and Unit 7. if you are a lawyer, as long as you have a current legal practising certificate, you do not need to complete the Graduate Diploma.

Course costs

2019 - $2,600 per unit ($20,800 for the course)

Program overview

The program consists of 8 units. All of the units are taught by highly qualified and experienced specialists in a small group setting.

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the legislative and policy framework of Australian Migration Law needed to practice as a Migration Agent;
  • Demonstrate and clearly communicate an advanced understanding of Migration Law by interpreting and critically analysing research to prepare migration advice for diverse clients;
  • Apply Migration Law research to creatively solve real world complex Migration Law problems, while balancing the interests of clients and the broader social community within the context of the Common Good;
  • Critically analyse the professional and ethical considerations that Migration Agents face with reference to the Code of Conduct for Migration Agents and demonstrate skills in self-management, ethical and professional problem-solving and decision-making and appropriate use of 21st Century literacies.

Employability skills

The Graduate Diploma addresses the Occupational Competency Standards for registered migration agents prescribed by the Department of Home Affairs and is the minimum qualification for individuals seeking registration in Australia as a migration agent. Individual units may also meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for lawyers and current registered Migration Agents.

In addition, the Diploma provides generic, transferable, non-discipline specific employability skills including literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, and personal skills (such as time management and acting with integrity).

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