If you care about the neighbourhood you live in, the time it takes to get to work, or just the fact that water from your tap is drinkable, then you care about planning. Planning gives you the opportunity to change the way we live for the better by studying our local environments, cities, geography and community priorities.
Australia is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified planners, and graduates enjoy excellent starting salaries and work prospects. Our graduates work in local and state government, private firms, research organisations and regional authorities.
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. The Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning received the 2012 award for 'Cutting Edge Teaching and Research' based on our extensive fieldwork and international study tour program.
Real Projects, Real Engagement
Looking for a program where you can apply what you are learning right away? At La Trobe, students start working on planning projects in their first year and are deeply engaged with Victorian communities. With smaller class sizes, a mentoring relationship and close contact with industry, you will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, here and overseas. Our staff and students win awards for the work they do. Projects include: City Studio, designing children’s environments, economic strategies, transport plans… it is always changing. Plus students have the opportunity to travel to India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, USA, UK and other countries to immerse themselves in different planning environments.
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.
We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.
The course includes site visits, field trips and assignments that are related to practical situations found in urban, rural and environmental planning. Students are required to participate in projects negotiated with workplaces such as local governments and to prepare material for public presentations. This experience is further developed with work experience placements in the third and fourth years.
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.