Why 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.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.


La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist. 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.


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