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Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice

Introduction

The new Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GDAMLP) is replacing the Graduate Certificate from the beginning of 2018. The GDAMLP can be completed full time in 12 months if students commence in January, mid-year entry is part-time only and students can complete in 18 months.

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

Internal | South Street Campus

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 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 has two intakes per year, one commencing early January and the second in June.  The June intake is a part-time offering only. Applications for admission and enrolment for the next intake remain open until approximately 3 weeks prior to the commencement of teaching for that next semester (usually late December for the January intake and late May for the June intake) and can be accessed online via the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law qualify and apply page.

Learn more about:

  • Course Structure

    The Graduate Diploma comprises eight units. Students are required to successfully complete all seven of the following compulsory coursework units plus one practical unit to complete the GDAMLP:

    Year 1 - 24 credit points (Full time) January intake

    January Intake

    LLM520: Introduction to Legal Skills for Migration Practitioners

    Semester One

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

    Semester Two

    LLM534: Australia's Visa System II (Economic, Skilled and other visas)
    LLM536: Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review
    LLM541: Contemporary Migration Law Issues and Business Skills
    Choice of either LLM542 Migration Clinic or
    LLM543 WIL or LLM544 Professional Migration Practice

    18 months (Part time) June Intake

    June/July

    LLM520: Introduction to Legal Skills for Migration Practitioners

    Semester Two

    LLM523: Australian Migration Law
    LLM534: Australia's Visa System II (Economic, Skilled and other visas)

    Semester One

    LLM528: Australia's Visa System I (Family and other visas)
    LLM533: Fundamental Migration Practice Skills

    Semester Two

    LLM536: Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review
    LLM541: Contemporary Migration Law Issues and Business Skills
    Choice of either LLM542 Migration Clinic or
    LLM543 WIL or LLM544 Professional Migration Practice

  • 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 and June/July. 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 who commence in January can complete the programme within two semesters.

    Students who commence in June can complete the programme within 3 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 three English language competency requirements 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 band (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 with no band less than 22 (speaking, listening, reading and writing); OR

      3. Successful completion of a bachelor degree or higher degree, with a minimum of three years’ equivalent full time study; where the 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 the medium was English.
  • Registration as a Migration Agent

    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 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.

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

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

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