Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Enhance the frameworks of society  

Public policy shapes our lives. It governs everything from how we do business, to how our health, welfare and education systems operate, and how our nation engages with the world.

Those who set and/or influence policy can create profound change by improving things like community equity, diversity, wellbeing, security and prosperity. Our Graduate Diploma in Public Policy prepares you to play a senior role. 


What will you do?

Studied over one year full-time, the graduate diploma provides specialist knowledge in policy processes and governance institutions; high-level skills in policy analysis; and the capability to design sound policy in complex environments.

The degree is highly interdisciplinary. It integrates knowledge from the University’s world-class experts in: politics; international relations; economics; law; environmental and social sciences; strategic communications; philosophy and more. You will gain:

  • a sound understanding of political, legal and ethical issues affecting public policy
  • broad awareness of public policy's underlying economic principles
  • high-level skills in community engagement and its analysis
  • the opportunity to explore interests in specialist areas, such as international trade, human rights, environmental planning and governance, global food and agribusiness, public health, education and more.

Where could it take you?

You might pursue a career in politics or the public service. You could analyse and contribute to policy in a major industry body or consulting firm. Perhaps you’ll interpret policy for a large company, a lobbying organisation, or not-for-profit. You could also go on to further study with our Master of Public Policy.

  • Learn with our world-class discipline experts
  • Specialise in policy processes and government institutions
  • advance your skills to design & implement complex environments

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD121
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD121

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $30,000

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Management Analyst, Manager / Business Management, Member of Parliament, Ministerial Adviser, NGO Policy Officer, Business Analyst, Natural Resource Manager, Business Consultant, Natural Resource Planner, Parks Management, Parliamentary Adviser, Conservationist, Consultant, Policy Adviser, Policy Developer, Political Adviser, Political Analyst, Corporate Policy Advisor, Project Manager, Public Relations Officer, Diplomatic corps, ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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I was continually inspired by the passion of my supervisory panel and their commitment to improving the lives of young people.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022