Graduate Diploma in Migration Law

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The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law provides you with an advanced knowledge of Australian migration law and practice and will enable you to expand your areas of practice.

Students who successfully complete the four core units are recognised by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) as satisfying the knowledge requirement for initial registration as a migration agent.

Study this course and develop your skills in:

  • legal research and drafting to support academic studies and to enable provision of complex advice and submission writing in the workplace
  • understanding the complexity of the migrant experience
  • studying content in relation to current and future migration law policy and procedural trends
  • analysing administrative and judicial decisions to apply to a contemporary workplace
  • professional and interpersonal communication skills and ethical work practices
  • identifying and resolving complex migration law problems with a sound understanding of local and global communities that contribute to individual and public good.

This Graduate Diploma provides an alternative early exit pathway for students undertaking a Master of Applied Migration Law. Students who have completed the course requirements for this Graduate Diploma in Migration Law may elect to exit the Master of Applied Migration Law and graduate instead with a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. 

Course essentials

Careers

The course prepares graduates to gain employment as a Registered Migration Agent with:

  • the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)
  • specialist migration lawyer
  • community law advisor or advocate
  • migration advisors within human resource companies
  • public servant with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and
  • a range of advisory roles with community and professional organisations.

Course objectives

At the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law, students will be able to:

  • Review conceptual frameworks and exhibit advanced technical knowledge of migration and administrative law employing independent judgement in their application in wide ranging contexts and communities;
  • Interpret relevant provisions of the Migration Act, Regulations and associated legislation contextualised in cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to initiate creative solutions to multi-faceted problems, while respecting and valuing the diversity of clients;
  • Provide complex assessment of and advocate for regulatory decisions for a range of stakeholders in a number of ways, including briefs, responses and visa applications, while balancing the interests of individuals and public good;
  • Exemplify ethical and professional standards in the provision of migration law advice to clients both independently and also as a member of a team; and
  • Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters.

Units and electives

This Associate Degree is an alternative early exit from the Master of Applied Migration Law (LMML). Students who have completed the following elements within the Master of Applied Migration Law may elect to exit that course early and take out the award of Graduate Diploma in Migration Law, provided that the following criteria are satisfied: 1. The student has achieved at least 96 credit points within the Master of Applied Migration Law; and 2.The student has successfully completed the following units of study

  • 48 credit points (four units) prescribed by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA);
  • 12 credit points (one unit) of Work Integrated Learning (LML7006 Practice Ready Program); and
  • 36 credit point (3 units) of elective units from the list provided below.

Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) Prescribed Units (4 units)

(Due to the sequential nature of the MARA prescribed units, students must undertake these units in the order listed below. Full-time students will find the units are taught sequentially within the same semester. Part-time students must complete the earlier-listed units before completing the later-listed units)

Plus 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) selected from the lists below

GENERAL ELECTIVES (a maximum of 24 credit points from this list may count as an elective for this Graduate Diploma qualification)

ADVANCED MIGRATION LAW ELECTIVES (a maximum of 12 credit points may be selected form this list)

Professional Recognition

Students who successfully complete the MARA Prescribed Units and the MARA Common Tasks within those units are recognised by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) as satisfying the knowledge requirement for initial registration as a migration agent.

There are additional requirements for registration as a migration agent. These include the requirement to be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen, as well as meeting character requirements. You should consult MARA for further information

Admission information

  • Year 12: No Applicable
  • Other: There is currently no direct entry into this course. This Graduate Diploma course is offered only as an alternative early-exit point for students enrolled in the Master of Applied Migration Law (LMML).

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