2022: February, August

1 year

2022: A$16,100*
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Gain advanced knowledge in migration law with our practical and engaging Graduate Diploma in Migration Law.

VU is Australia’s leading migration law education provider, with the longest-running program nationwide. The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law is designed for prospective migration agents, legal practitioners, HR migration specialists and government workers to build on their knowledge and become registered migration agents.

Through applied research and study, you will gain the following practical knowledge and skills:

  • migration law and policy expertise
  • legal research and drafting skills
  • submission writing techniques
  • professional and interpersonal communication skills
  • knowledge about the migrant experience and human rights issues.

Our postgraduate program is flexible and adaptable, with a timetable designed for working professionals. You can gain credits for past work experience, exit the course with qualifications at different points and progress to higher learning.

If you're a domestic student or you won’t be studying at VU on a student visa, you can study this course online.

We also offer a bridging course as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. You are guaranteed entry into the Graduate Diploma on completion of our Professional Course in Australian Migration Law.

By completing the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and the prescribed external capstone exam, you will meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

Semester 1, 2022 timetables

You will meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) once you've successfully completed both of the following:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law
  • the prescribed external capstone exam.

There are other requirements prescribed, including, but not limited to, English-language requirements.

Additional requirements for registration as a migration agent can be found at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Our program is designed for working professionals, and offers flexible options so you can fit your study to your life commitments.

Choose between our two tailored programs:

  • weekday evening classes, entirely online
  • weekend blended learning, with online classes and some face-to-face classes in Melbourne and Sydney.

Our Graduate Diploma in Migration Law has a strong emphasis on practical, applicable learning, preparing you for career challenges.

Our teaching staff are leading legal practitioners in this field. They include:

  • Law Institute of Victoria/Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialists in Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers as published in the Australian Financial Review
  • former members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

As part of your course you will take part in mock client interviews, helping you to learn the kind of questions you will be asked and the kind of responses you will be required to give.

We also offer an optional two-week placement program with migration agencies.

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Migration agent Jaspreet Kaur says, "Victoria University's curriculum is practical and reflects the industry. VU fosters a learning environment premised on students achieving excellence."


This course is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed in a range of roles across industry sectors including:

  • registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA)
  • specialised migration lawyer
  • community law advisor
  • human resource assessors and advisers
  • policy work in government and industry.

Graduates of this course will meet the knowledge requirement for 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. Consult OMARA for further information.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core studies.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. 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  
  2. 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  
  3. 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  
  4. Exemplify ethical and professional standards in the provision of migration law advice to clients both independently and also as a member of a team  
  5. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.
(IELTS or equivalent) - Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 60 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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