Graduate Diploma in Planning

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 107136F

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Graduate Diploma in Planning 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 - Graduate Diploma.

Career outcomes

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 are trained to work in multidisciplinary teams on social and economic development projects, and in both 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.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
33,200 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 1 year
Full time
Bendigo Campus
Edwards Road
Bendigo Victoria 3552

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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