University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Diploma in Local Government

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

In the context of rapid technological and socioeconomic change, public administrators working in local government need a high level of professional expertise, a broad range of managerial and organisational skills, and a sound understanding of the changing needs and priorities of the sector and their communities. The teaching and learning provided through this course provides an opportunity for such practitioners to broaden their professional knowledge and skills, underpinned by a strong foundation in public service and democratic values and principles. Tailored to the local government environment, the course enables participants to build an education program that responds to individual needs as it allows students to develop a study plan that matches the requirements of their professional development. Subjects can be studied through intensive block release and the program can also be used as a stepping stone to a Master of Local Government.


The course totals 48 credit points, made up of eight subjects.


  • Local government management

Standard entry requirements

  • UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants must provide: a personal statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study local government management
  • A CV articulating related work with a minimum of 2 years' experience. Applicants who do not possess such graduate qualifications must have 2 years' relevant professional experience and demonstrate evidence of meeting bachelor's degree learning outcomes in the above discipline areas. English proficiency requirements for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Study pathways

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for credit recognition. Exit award Students can exit this course after completing 24 credit points of specified subjects with a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $27,360 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

The course is particularly suited to local government middle-tier managers and unit leaders who wish to advance their careers. It is also highly recommended for public administrators from other tiers of government and professionals from the non-government sector who work in partnership with local councils for the benefit of local and regional communities.

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