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Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice

Introduction

The new Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice (1 year's duration) is replacing the Graduate Certificate from the beginning of 2018.

This popular course offers students the opportunity to gain the relevant qualification to provide advice and assistance in the challenging area of migration law.

This course will expose you to real-life migration problems and improve your practical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, enabling you to function effectively in the important and challenging role of a Migration Agent. You will learn about advising clients on their visa options, the preparation of visa applications, visa compliance and review of decisions to refuse or cancel visas.

The course will allow you to gain real world experience and enhance your studies. This course allows you to choose from either a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit, a Migration Clinic unit or a Simulated Professional Migration Practice unit giving you practical experience before you begin your migration law practice.

You will learn about the fundamentals of Australian migration law, relevant legislation and policy, and the general concepts of migration practice. You will also investigate the visa application process, as well as the role and ethical responsibilities of Migration Agents. In addition to theoretical knowledge, you will gain skills needed by Migration Agents such as how to prepare visa applications and submissions for review.

If you’re entering the legal profession, this course provides important knowledge and grounding in this highly specialised, dynamic and complex area of law.

Details about the application process and offerings can be found here:
https://murdoch-website-001.azurewebsites.net/study/new-2018-courses/graduate-diploma-in-australian-migration-law-and-practice

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Murdoch University School of Law has since 2006 offered the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GCAMLP). It is the only Migration Law postgraduate degree offered by a University in Western Australian. From 2018 the School of Law will be delivering the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

This course provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide immigration assistance to those individuals seeking it. This programme meets one of the requirements of becoming a registered migration agent in Australia. This course is recognised by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) as the prescribed entry-level training course leading to registration as a Migration Agent and being able to provide immigration advice and assistance either for a fee or for non-commercial purposes. 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 and currently registered migration agents 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 OMARA 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 OMARA website for details of these requirements

The GDAMLP is currently offered once a year, taught over a two semesters courses commencing early January. Applications for admission and enrolment for the next semester remain open until approximately 3 weeks prior to the commencement of teaching for that next semester (usually late December) and can be accessed online via the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law qualify and apply page.

Learn more about:

  • Course Structure

    The course is made up of eight subjects worth three credit 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.

    Summer

    LLM520: Introduction to Legal Skills for Migration Practitioners (3 points)

    Semester One

    LLM523: Australian Migration Law (3 points)
    LLM528: Australia's Visa System I (Family and other visas) (3 points)
    LLM533: Fundamental Migration Practice Skills (3 points)

    Semester Two

    LLM534: Australia's Visa System II (Economic, Student and Skilled) (3 points)
    LLM536: Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review (3 points)
    LLM541: Contemporary Migration Law Issues and Business Skills (3 points)

    Students must do EITHER LLM543 Work Integrated Learning (Migration Law) (3 points) OR LLM542 Migration Clinic (3 points) OR LLM544 Professional Migration Practice (3 points)

  • Mode of Delivery and Duration

    The GDAMLP is taught at internally at the Murdoch University, South Street Campus. Students are expected to attend all sessions for each unit that they are enrolled in. Each teaching block will be followed by time for private study and completion of the assessments.

    The first unit LLM 520 Introduction to Legal Skills for Migration Practitioners will be taught and assessed over an intensive period running in January- February. Passing this unit is a pre-requisite for continuing onto the remainder of the course.

    Other units will be delivered during semester one and semester two.

    Full-time students can complete the programme within two semesters.

    Part-time students will require a minimum of four semesters to complete the programme.

    Please note: The teaching and private study hours for each individual unit remain the same, regardless of how many units are taken in each semester.

  • Admission Requirements

    • To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice, applicants must satisfy both the Academic Entry requirements and English Competency requirements for the course.

      Academic Entry Requirements:

      All applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:

      a) A formal qualification that is recognised as the equivalent of an Australian (AQF Level 7) Bachelor degree;
      or
      b) Demonstrable evidence of informal and non-formal learning that satisfies the following AQF Level 7 criteria:
                a) Broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in one or more disciplines or areas of practice; and
                b) 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;
                         iii. Transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others;
      and
      c) Application of knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility:
                         i. In contexts that require self-directed work and learning;
                         ii. Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions.

      Where there is doubt about whether or not the informal and non-formal learning equates to the above-mentioned AQF Level 7 criteria, applicants can demonstrate the requirements by successfully completing:
                   • the Murdoch University Pre Law course; or
    •              • an approved postgraduate preparation program or Pre-Masters course.

      Details of the AQF Level 7 criteria can be found at:
              https://www.aqf.edu.au/sites/aqf/files/aqf-2nd-edition-january-2013.pdf 

      English Competency Requirements:

      All applicants must meet one of the following four English language competency requirements (which mirror the English Competency requirements for registration with MARA) to be eligible for the course:

      1. An Academic Test result of the International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS) with a minimum overall score of 7.0 with no individual subset (speaking, listening, reading and writing) less than 6.5; or

      2. An Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (IBT) with a minimum overall test score of 100 and a minimum score of 22 in each subset (speaking, listening, reading and writing); or

      3. Successful completion of:
                   a) Secondary school studies to the equivalent of Australian Year 12, with a minimum of four years’ study at secondary school or equivalent; and
                   b) A bachelor degree or higher degree, with a minimum of three years’ equivalent full time study; where
                        i. The secondary school and degree studies were completed at educational institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and/or the United States of America;
                        and
                        ii. English was the language of instruction at these educational institutions;
                        and

                        iii. The study was undertaken while you were living in the country where your degree was awarded and your schooling was completed.

      4. Successful completion of:
                 a) Secondary school studies either to the equivalent of Australian Year 10 or Year 12;
                 and
                 b) At least 10 years of primary and/or secondary schooling; where
                        i. English was the language of instruction at the school or schools;
                        and

                        ii. The schooling was undertaken and completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and/or the United States of America;
                        and
                        iii. You were living in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and/or the United States of America throughout your period of schooling.
  • Registration as a Migration Agent

    Please be aware that that it is a Migration Agents Registration Authority requirement that intending Migration Agents must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of the MARA for further information on eligibility to register as a migration agent (www.mara.gov.au).

    There are other requirements that need to be met in order for the MARA to consider and approve an application for registration as a migration agent. Please refer to the Office of the MARA for full details and a copy of their registration package.

    In terms of using this course for registration purposes we are expected to adhere to particular government regulations. The Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice is the course required for registration, however students must also have passed the prescribed common assessment items.

    In a MARA prescribed examination notice dated 31 May 2006 the new examination prescribed under s 289A(c) of the Migration Act 1958 for registration as a migration agent is described as “the common assessment items for registration” which form part of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice at the Australian National University, Griffiths University, Murdoch University and Victoria University.

    As a result each unit of study in the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice will contain items of common assessment approved by a national Assessment and Moderation Committee. The assessment items will be embedded in examinations in each unit and are marked according to common marking standards.

    Students graduating after 1 January 2010 will be recognised as having passed the prescribed examination when they have passed each unit and therefore being awarded the degree but also will have to achieve a minimum score of 50% on common assessment items during an invigilated exam. These common assessment items will be a 30% assessment item and a 15% assessment item in LAW402 and LAW404 and two 30% assessment items in LAW403.

    Students who fail the common assessment items may have the opportunity of sitting for a supplementary examination.
  • Continuing Professional Development (for existing Migration Agents)

    The Migration Agents' Registration Authority (MARA) has advised that existing agents do not need to undertake the Graduate Diploma to continue in practice.

    However, registered agents who wish to enrol in the Graduate Diploma course will receive 5 CPD points for each unit successfully completed.

Find out more about course fees and how to apply to the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

Further information

Applicants are encouraged to contact the MARA for further information on eligibility to register as a Migration Agent after completion of this course: www.mara.gov.au

Please contact the School of Law law@murdoch.edu.au for further information.