Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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
CRICOS code070385J
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Moira Paterson


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course was designed in consultation with industry partners and provides a thorough grounding in local government law. 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 course 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.


This course consists of eight 6-point coursework units.

Areas of study


Students must complete a core unit, five coursework units from a list of specialised units and two units from an approved list of law units. Refer to 'Areas of study' for more information.Students admitted with the maximum credit (24 credit points) must complete the core unit and three coursework units from the specialised units list.

Core unit

  • LAW7212 Australian legal system or LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process*

Specialised units

  • 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.

* International students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete the unit LAW7436 Introduction to Australian legal process.

International students are recommended to undertake the unit LAW7285 Legal research and communications.

Elective units

Refer to the law entry under 'Areas of study'.

For further information regarding elective law units visit

Students are advised that not all units may be available in every year.

For information on the current postgraduate law timetable visit

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average is required to articulate to a relevant master's program.


Graduate Diploma in Local Government Law