Graduate Diploma of Community Planning and Development

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them as places to live physically, socially and economically. This program is designed specifically to provide training in the discipline from sub-professional to post-professional level, creating a pathway 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.


This is a 120-credit point course. Learning utilises both external study and conventional class-based delivery in block mode with a series of whole day, two or three-day sessions (some on weekends) including lectures, workshops, field visits and tutorials to assist students who are in full-time employment to undertake the course. Delivery is flexible and options exist for partly online subjects and for some study options at Bendigo and Melbourne campuses.


  • Community planning and development

Standard entry requirements

  • An approved Bachelor's degree
  • Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the course coordinator
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $20,000 Yes
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.

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