Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradCertRCD
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


The Graduate Certificate in Regional and Community Development embodies an explicit commitment to people and place, to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. It will equip students with the skills to undertake participatory planning in local, state, national and international public and private sector organisations. Its educational approaches and outcomes will contribute to increased participation in the formation of socially and ecologically sustainable communities and places through an understanding of the strategic importance to public and private sector organisations of community and place.


Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary issues and practice in regional and community development in a global context
  • understand the principles and models of participatory planning in organisational and community contexts
  • reflect on their community development practice in order to develop a participatory approach informed by social justice and ecological sustainability
  • design an action research proposal for community engagement.


This course comprises two 12-point units.


Students complete:

  • EDF6806 Sustainable community development
  • APG4807 Participatory planning: Local, national and international perspective


Graduate Certificate in Regional and Community Development