Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority

Knowledge requirements

To become a registered migration agent in Australia, you must satisfy knowledge requirements for both initial registration and subsequent registrations.


Initial registration

The knowledge requirement for initial registration can be met in one of the following ways:

Legal practising certificate

  • The applicant holds a current legal practising certificate issued by an Australian body authorised by law to issue it.

Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice and Capstone assessment

  • The applicant has been awarded a Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice; and has passed the separate Capstone assessment and applies to the OMARA to register as an agent within 12 months of passing the Capstone assessment.
    Graduate Diploma
    Capstone assessment

Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice and Capstone assessment

  • The applicant has been awarded a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice prior to 1 January 2018; and has passed the separate Capstone assessment and applies to register as an agent within 12 months of passing the Capstone assessment.

Please note: If you hold a Graduate Certificate and have never been previously registered or if a substantial amount of time has elapsed since you were last registered, you should carefully consider whether or not you are sufficiently prepared to pass the more rigorous Capstone assessment. In this situation you may wish to contact the universities offering the Graduate Diploma course to request recognition of prior learning for the Graduate Certificate in order to complete the Graduate Diploma course. The Graduate Diploma courses are designed to fully cover the Occupational Competency Standards for Registered Migration Agents and better equip students to pass the Capstone assessment.

 

Graduate Diploma

On 1 January 2018 the tertiary qualification for entry into the migration advice profession rose from a Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

Note: Some universities have slightly different names for their Graduate Diploma course.

The recognised Graduate Diploma courses are offered by the following universities:

Griffith University also offers a Master’s program which will allow entry to the migration agent profession for those who also pass the Capstone assessment.
Master of Australian Migration Law and Practice

Please note: Applicants for registration as a migration agent need to meet English language proficiency requirements. See the information on this website for full details of the English language requirements. 
English language requirements

Individuals required to undertake an English language test may wish to consider doing so before enrolling in the Graduate Diploma to ensure they have the necessary language skills to ultimately register as a migration agent. The English language test results are valid for two years for registration purposes.

Those who cannot achieve the required score in an acceptable English test may benefit from undertaking English language studies to improve their proficiency before committing to the significant financial outlay required for completion of the Graduate Diploma and Capstone assessment. 


Capstone assessment

In addition to the Graduate Diploma, applicants must pass a Capstone assessment in order to register as a migration agent in Australia. The Capstone assessment may be completed at any time after obtaining the Graduate Diploma.  Applicants need to apply to the OMARA to register as an agent within 12 months of passing the Capstone assessment.

The Capstone assessment is offered by The College of Law (Limited).  It is an independent assessment of the candidate’s ability to meet the Occupational Competency Standards for Registered Migration Agents.

The Capstone assessment is also open to candidates who completed the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice prior to 01 January 2018.  However, the Graduate Certificate is unlikely to fully prepare a candidate to pass the more rigorous Capstone assessment. Careful consideration should be given as to whether additional studies should be undertaken to complete the Graduate Diploma before attempting the Capstone assessment. The Graduate Diploma is designed to fully cover the Occupational Competency Standards for Registered Migration Agents and better equip students to pass the Capstone assessment.

The introduction of the Capstone assessment has been the subject of considerable interest within the migration advice sector. Information addressing typical enquiries is available on the Capstone - frequently asked questions page of the OMARA website.
Capstone frequently asked questions

Additional information is available on the College of law website.
College of Law website
Occupational Competency Standards

Subsequent registration

You must meet knowledge requirements for each year you re-register as an agent by completing Continuing Professional Development activities.
CPD Requirements

Code of Conduct