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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleGradDipLocalGovtLaw
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications

Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor John Duns


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


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.


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.

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points

Recognition of prior learning

Candidates holding an undergraduate degree may be given credit for up to four units for recognised work experience or prior learning.


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units, including one core local government law units.


Core units


The remaining units may be chosen from the list of specialised local government law units* listed 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
  • LAW7087 Local government law
  • 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 any other available units, refer to the website at

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average is required to articulate to a relevant masters program.


Graduate Diploma in Local Government Law