The Diploma of Justice invites students to take the first step in their criminal justice careers in a supported, hands-on environment.
You’ll learn the theory and practice behind operational functions within the Victorian criminal justice system – covering areas such as foundation legal principles, management of adult offenders, how to work within family violence and culturally diverse circumstances, and more.
At the end of the course, students will have the confidence to begin their careers in the justice system.
The course is taught over 4 terms of nine weeks. Students typically have 16 hours of timetabled classes a week over three days. Students need to undertake an average of 6 hours further study a week outside of timetabled classes.
1 year full-time, up to 2 years part-time
Online (February, July) - View application and start dates
VTAC course code
Hawthorn (fee type determined by provider)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
From Diploma to employment at IBAC
After taking on the Diploma of Justice, Skye chose to come back and complete her Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. As part of her course, Skye chose to undertake an internship, which not only was turned into part-time employment while she was studying, but was a stepping stone for ongoing employment in 2021.
Study this course for low-fee or free in 2021
You could have some or all your tuition fees covered in 2021 thanks to government initiatives JobTrainer and Free TAFE for Priority Courses.
JobTrainer is available if you are 17-24 years or a job seeker of any age, impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.