Migration Agents provide information and advice to potential migrants, prepare and lodge visa applications, and act as intermediaries to legally represent clients during visa processing and before review bodies.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in Australian migration law or similar to work as a Migration Agent. Many Migration Agents complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Provides information about immigration laws, policies and procedures.
    • Answers written and phone queries.
    • Reads, checks and decides on applications for residency or entry into Australia.
    • Interviews applicants.
    • Explains decisions to applicants.
    • Issues permits and visas.
    • Enforces immigration laws.
    • May investigate breaches of immigration law.
    • May advise on immigration policies and operations.

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    • $1,889 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Migration Agents

    • 2,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 54% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Migration Agents (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,500 in 2011 to 2,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Migration Agents work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Other Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 54% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services85.4
    Other Services6.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.7
    Education and Training1.9
    Other Industries3.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMigration AgentsAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.031.6
    VIC31.425.6
    QLD11.820.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA13.310.8
    TAS0.52.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMigration AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.6-9.39.3
    25-3427.3-22.922.9
    35-4432.4-22.022.0
    45-5421.1-21.621.6
    55-597.2-9.09.0
    60-645.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMigration AgentsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate56.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree34.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.3-21.121.1
    Year 123.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in Australian migration law or similar to work as a Migration Agent. Many Migration Agents complete postgraduate studies.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • Capstone assessment
    • national police check

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Law and Government

      58% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      58% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. English Language

      58% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Clerical

      53% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Demands

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    1. Contact With Others

      96% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Deal With External Customers

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      90% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Telephone

      90% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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