Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Migration Agent | Migration Adviser |

Course Rundown

Build sought-after skills to help people with this nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice course from Australian Catholic University. 

Designed for students seeking to move into migration law from a different area of study, this post-graduate qualification equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to practice as a qualified migration agent in Australia. Upon successful completion of this qualification and of the capstone exam administered by the Office of Migrations Agents Registration Authority, graduates may seek registration to practice as a registered migration agent in Australia.

With an emphasis on real-life problems and interactive learning, this qualification ensures you graduate with the confidence and experience required to help people successfully navigate the complicated and increasingly difficult world of migrating to Australia. You may use your skills to help families start new lives, to advocate for asylum seekers, to reunite families and to help individuals navigate systems with success. 

With options to study online or on-campus, and part-time learning available, this course is designed to fit into your life and ensures you can work while studying. If you’re seeking a career change and want to use your skills to help people, this qualification is your next step.


Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR
  • Have equivalent professional experience in a relevant role.

What You’ll Learn

In this migration law course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to Australian migration law
  • Australian visa system – introduction
  • Australian visa system – economic migration
  • The migration profession
  • Australian visa system – family migration and refugees
  • Australian visa system – cancellations and review
  • Foundations of ethical practice
  • Applied migration law and case management

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice from Australian Catholic University. 

This nationally recognised qualification is the first step in applying to become a registered migration agent in Australia, and doesn't alone qualify a graduate to legally practise as a migration agent. After completing this qualification, you'll be eligible to take the capstone exam administered by the Office of Migrations Agents Registration Authority. There are also additional requirements for registration as a migration agent.

This qualification ensures you graduate with the skills, knowledge and personal abilities required to work with people with confidence, and offer ethical, responsible advice to soon help people navigate migrating to Australia. 

Curious about where a career in law could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University offers flexible payment methods for students. You may choose to pay course fees upfront, on a payment plan, or through a FEE-HELP loan for eligible candidates. 

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.