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Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GradCertAusMigLaw)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GradCertAusMigLaw)
Course Code C1063; C1063A
Study Level Graduate Certificate
School School of Law
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny | Email: M.Kenny@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6806

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice (GradCertAusMigLaw)
Duration 1 semester full time intensive
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice is an accredited professional training course which fulfils part of the requirements for individuals to become Registered Migration Agents.

The course will expose students to real-life migration problems and improve the practical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills of its participants, enabling them to function effectively in the important and challenging role of a Migration Agent.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings All applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:
1) A formal qualification that is recognised as the equivalent of an Australian (AQF Level 7) Bachelor degree; or
2) 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 http://www.aqf.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/10AQF_Bachelor-Degree.pdf

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.
Course Learning Outcomes The Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice meets the knowledge requirements for becoming a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) in Australia.

Students graduating with the GCAMLP will be able to
* Understand the fundamentals of Australian migration law and practice including knowledge of legislation, case law and policy
* Understand the professional standards relevant to ethical practice as a migration agent

Students graduating with the GCAMLP will have
* Skills to review, analyse and synthesise knowledge of different visas and identify and provide solutions to their respective requirements
* Communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of stakeholders including advice to clients
* Specialised technical skills in Australian Migration Law and Practice to plan, organise and facilitate professional and effective migration services

Students graduating with the GCAMLP will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:
* Make high level, independent judgement in interpreting and applying migration law and policy in professional practice
* Plan, implement and evaluate research to assess current law and practice from a range of sources in order to prepare and deliver migration advice
* Prepare visa applications and submissions to government, review bodies and other stakeholders
* Construct appropriate advocacy strategies with key stakeholders
* Operate a migration practice that complies with standards set by the regulating body.
Professional Recognition Migration Agents' Registration Authority (MARA).
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 12 credit points

Core Units - 12 credit points

LLM502 Australian Migration Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA1-internal

LLM503 Australian Visa System - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU10-internal

LLM555 Migration Law in Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU11-internal

LLM504 Visa Compliance, Cancellation and Review - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU10-internal

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