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Graduate Diploma in Local Government Law

Course code: 3399 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipLocGovtLaw ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On campus (Melbourne city)

Course description

The Graduate Diploma in Local Government Law was designed in consultation with industry partners and provides a thorough grounding in this area. It focuses on current issues in local government law relevant to the needs of senior and middle managers employed by local government authorities, as well as catering to the needs of graduates without a legal background in the local government sector. This degree will enable students to acquire further legal expertise, adding value in the workplace as well as providing the opportunity to hone skills in this specialised field of law and build on existing experience.

Course objectives

The Graduate Diploma in Local Government Law explores the substantive and procedural legal frameworks that apply to the diverse matters local government managers attend to on a daily basis. The course allows participants to critically reflect on the competing policy considerations which are behind particular issues and contribute to conflict and disputation.

Course structure

This course consists of eight coursework units, each worth six points, which must include two core local government law units. Candidates holding an undergraduate degree may be given credit for up to four units for recognised work experience or prior learning.

Course requirements

Core units

The remaining units may be chosen from the list of specialised local government law units below:

  • LAW7059 Planning law
  • LAW7076 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
  • LAW7078 Graduate research paper (in local government law)
  • LAW7083 Law of employee relations
  • LAW7279 Electronic workplace law
  • LAW7313 Regulatory fundamentals: concepts, constructs and context
  • LAW7315 Regulatory methods
  • LAW7332 Principles of construction law
  • LAW7420 Principles of environmental law
  • LAW7424 Local government contracts and procurement

For further information regarding the core units and other available units, refer to the website at

Contact details

Postgraduate program coordinator LLM, telephone +61 3 9641 6206, email or visit