This unit of study is a practical, interactive course designed to equip students with the relevant practical skills and knowledge to practice as a migration agent and to establish and operate a migration agency. The unit will cover topics such as ethics and professional practice, accounts management, business management, file management, interviewing, statutory interpretation, preparing applications and submissions, and advocating a case. Students will be provided opportunities to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to a practical simulated work environment and to observe professional practice within a migration agency context.

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LML6002 - Australian Migration Law

LML6003 - Australia's Visa System 1

LML6004 - Australia’s Visa System 2

LML6005 - Visa Compliance and Cancellation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify ethical principles, intercultural understanding and the obligations associated with managing a migration practice in professional practice;  
  2. Adapt efficient client file management, accounts and business management principles when operating a migration agency, including implementing the compliance requirements imposed by the Code of Conduct;  
  3. Communicate clearly and effectively with clients, including ascertaining facts and information from clients and delivering advice to clients while respecting and valuing diversity and maintaining confidentiality;  
  4. Evaluate continuously the changing legislative and regulatory regime as it applies to the contemporary migration agent; and  
  5. Analyse and troubleshoot complex problems in relation to operating a migration agency.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Mock Client Interview 70%
Assignment interpret relevant provisions of the Migration Act and Regulations and other relevant legislation and apply relevant laws to various scenarios 30%
The total assessment in this unit equates to 1,750 words.

Required reading

The Immigration Kit: A Practical Guide to Australia's Immigration Law 8th edition
Kamand, Suhad (2013)
Federation Press

Australian Immigration Law (online looseleaf service)
Goddard, J, Germov R, Papadopoulos, P (2014)

Lewis and Kyrou's Handy Hints on Legal Practice 3rd edition
Kyrou, E, Lewis, G and Dinelli, A (2004)
Thomson Reuters

Practice Ready Manual 3rd edition
Migration Institute of Australia (2013)
Migration Institute of Australia

Australian Immigration Companion 5th edition
Migration Institute of Australia, FCG Legal Pty Ltd and Victoria University (2012)
Migration Institute of Australia

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