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La Trobe University

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Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development

  • Graduate Diploma

Here is a pathway into planning for those without formal planning qualifications.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Domestic Fees
$21,000 per year / $21,000 total
International Fees
$21,000 per year / $21,000 total

About this course

Here is a pathway into planning for those without formal planning qualifications. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

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Career pathways

Graduates may find employment with governments including local governments, non-government organisations, research organisations and advocacy bodies. Private-sector roles can be in areas such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning and urban, rural and environmental planning. Graduates should be skilled to work in multidisciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries.

The course is also a pathway for employees without formal qualifications who work in planning offices; and/or employees with qualifications in closely-aligned fields who wish to change or enhance their career paths.

Graduate outcomes

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