Graduate Diploma of Australian Migration Law and Practice

Murdoch University

If you want to become a registered migration agent, the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice is the qualification you need. In our new Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice you'll learn everything you need to provide immigration assistance - advising clients on their visa options, preparing visa applications, visa compliance, and reviewing decisions to refuse or cancel visas. Enhance your studies with real world experience, with a choice of units in Work Integrated Learning, a Migration Clinic or Simulated Professional Migration Practice. The course is recognised by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and meets one of the requirements of becoming a registered migration agent in Australia. Murdoch is one of only six universities in Australia to be recognised by the MARA to deliver this course, and the only university in Western Australia to offer this course face to face. This course is primarily designed for those who want to become a migration agent and do not have a legal background but it is also suitable for legal practitioners and current migration agents who wish to improve their knowledge and practice in this challenging area of law. For legal practitioners, completion of units in the course can lead to the award of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. Note: Graduates of this award who are intending to apply to the MARA for registration as a migration agent must also pass a separate capstone exam and meet other registration requirements. International students should also note that to become a migration agent in Australia you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Please refer to the MARA website for details of these requirements.

Entry Requirements:

All applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements: - A formal qualification that is recognised as the equivalent of an Australian (AQF Level 7) Bachelor degree. If you do not have an AQF Level 7 degree, you can still apply for the course by providing demonstrable evidence of informal and non-formal learning that satisfies all the following AQF Level 7 criteria. They are: - Broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in one or more disciplines or areas of practice - Well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to (i) analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities; (ii) analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and (iii) transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others. - Application of knowledge, skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility (i) in contexts that require self-directed work and learning and (ii) within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions. For more information visit:


The course is made up of 8 subjects worth three points each. It consists of seven compulsory subjects which cover aspects of law, ethics and practice and one compulsory practice subject. For the practice unit there are three electives and students must select one.

Subjects you can Study:

Introduction to Legal Skills for Migration Practitioners; Australian Migration Law; Australia's Visa System 1 (Family and other visas); Fundamental Migration Practice; Australia's Visa System 2 (Family and other visas); Fundamental Migration Practice Skills; Australia's Visa System 2 (Economic, Student and Skilled); Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review; Contemporary Migration Law Issues and Business Skills

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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Full time 1 year

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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