Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications are not being taken at this time


Gain advanced knowledge in migration law with our practical and engaging Graduate Diploma in Migration Law.

VU is Australia’s leading migration law education provider. The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law is designed for legal practitioners, HR migration specialists and government workers to build on their knowledge and become registered migration agents.

Through applied research and study you'll gain the following practical knowledge and skills:

  • migration-policy expertise
  • legal research and drafting skills
  • submission-writing techniques
  • professional and interpersonal communication skills
  • knowledge about the migrant experience and human rights issues.

Our postgraduate program is flexible and adaptable. You can gain credits for past work experience, exit the course with qualifications at different points and progress to higher learning. By completing the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and the prescribed external capstone exam, you'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

Timetable semester 2, 2018

You'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) once you've successfully completed both of the following:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law
  • the prescribed external capstone exam.

There are other requirements prescribed including but not limited to English language requirements.

Additional requirements for registration as a migration agent can be found at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Enhance your current experience in the migration field with a graduate qualification in migration law at VU.


This course is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed in a range of roles across industry sectors including:

  • registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
  • specialised migration lawyer
  • community law advisor
  • human resource assessors and advisers
  • policy work in government and industry.

Graduates of this course will meet the knowledge requirement for registration as a migration agent. There are additional requirements for registration as a migration agent. These include the requirement to be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen, as well as meeting character requirements. Consult OMARA for further information.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core studies.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review conceptual frameworks and exhibit advanced technical knowledge of migration and administrative law employing independent judgement in their application in wide ranging contexts and communities  
  2. Interpret relevant provisions of the Migration Act, Regulations and associated legislation contextualised in cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to initiate creative solutions to multi-faceted problems, while respecting and valuing the diversity of clients  
  3. Provide complex assessment of and advocate for regulatory decisions for a range of stakeholders in a number of ways, including briefs, responses and visa applications, while balancing the interests of individuals and public good  
  4. Exemplify ethical and professional standards in the provision of migration law advice to clients both independently and also as a member of a team  
  5. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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