Planning

PlanningWhy study Planning?

Our courses place an emphasis on understanding contemporary issues such as facilitating change, sustainable development, climate change, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

We give strong recognition to the growing importance of understanding and working with communities, of community development agendas and of the need to achieve social, economic and environmental improvements with a focus on supporting and facilitating sustainable development for liveable communities in rural and regional areas in Australia and overseas with a particular emphasis on the countries of South and South East Asia.

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PIA Accreditation

The Master of Community Planning and Development (Urban and Rural Planning stream) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). The Master of Spatial Planning, Management and Design has been granted interim accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia. The PIA course accreditation means that La Trobe's courses in planning provide a strong foundation of theory, skills, and knowledge to allow graduates to work as planners in the field of urban and regional planning.

Career opportunities

Planning officer, town planner, policy development, environmental planner, and environmental officer for government, councils, private firms, research organisations and regional authorities, economic development agencies, research bodies. Graduates also have the opportunity to pursue directions in areas such as natural resources, urban design or social planning. 

Courses

Local students

2015

Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development

Duration :
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically. If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the course coordinator.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $16,040 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Please ensure you also provide all supplementary information required.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Certificate)Bendigo

Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development

Duration :
One year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Here is a pathway into planning for those without formal planning qualifications. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not possess a degree but who produce evidence of equivalent academic ability and/or appropriate professional experience may be admitted at the discretion of the course coordinator.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $16,040 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Please ensure you also provide all supplementary information required.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

Master of Community Planning and Development

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
The Master of Community Planning and Development will see you working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. You will also work with non-government organisations and have exposure to a range of rural and regional development issues including: community development, healthy urban design, food security, child friendly and active environments, land-use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.
Professional recognition
The Master of Community Planning and Development (urban and rural planning stream) is nationally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree or an approved graduate qualification (e.g. the Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development) and approved relevant work experience.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $16,040 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Please ensure you also provide all supplementary information required.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Master)Bendigo

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2015

Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development (064198G )

Duration :
6 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 630
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically. If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree or an approved international equivalent.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Certificate)Bendigo

Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development (064237E)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 630
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Here is a pathway into planning for those without formal planning qualifications. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree or an approved international equivalent.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

Master of Community Planning and Development (064233J)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 110
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
The Master of Community Planning and Development will see you working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. You will also work with non-government organisations and have exposure to a range of rural and regional development issues including: community development, healthy urban design, food security, child friendly and active environments, land-use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree, or approved international equivalent, or approved relevant work experience.
Professional recognition
If you choose the urban and rural planning stream, you must take specific subjects to facilitate accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Master)Bendigo

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

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Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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