What is a Migration Agent?
According to the Australian Government's Office of Migration Agents and Registration Authority, "a registered agent can use their knowledge of Australia's migration procedures to offer advice or assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia".Griffith's Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice provides a fundamental background in this legal area.
For non-legal practitioners
If you're not a lawyer, but possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent -- the successful completion of a MARA prescribed program such as our Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice will help satisfy the compulsory requirement for migration agent registration.
For legal practitioners
CPD points can be accrued by completing this qualification
Registering as a migration agent can expand your areas of practice and expertise. Helping others to overcome the legal barriers of migration is both professionally and personally rewarding. While it is not a compulsory registration requirement that legal practitioners complete the Graduate Certificate, the advantage is a focused study of the legal knowledge you require to deliver professional services in this complex area of law.
Study when and how it suits you
|Duration (if studying full-time)||Study options|
|Semester 1, 2014||January - June 2014||Online|
|Semester 2, 2014||2 June - December 2014||Online|
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I study this program part-time?
Our courses run consecutively rather than concurrently. Students studying full-time should expect to devote 520 hours to their studies (20 hours per week for 26 weeks).
Students may opt to undertake only two courses in a semester, instead of four, which is considered to be a part time study load. However, due to the structure of the courses part time students study two courses over 13 weeks (approximately 20hrs per week totalling 260hrs) which is almost a full time study load.
Those students undertaking this program to meet the registration requirements as an Australian Migration Agent should note that it is a legislative requirement that the program be completed within 12 months.
Information on compulsory attendance hours and assessment?
You can find this information in each individual course profile that makes up the program you are studying.
Do I have to travel to Brisbane to sit the exams?
Students who live more than 150km from Brisbane who wish to arrange an alternate venue for their invigilated exams should contact Examination Enquiries.
Students who are eligible to sit supplementary exams externally may have to pay a fee for Exams and Timetabling to organise an alternate venue. This is because they are a MARA requirement and are not Griffith University exams.