Indigenous Policy Development, Postgraduate Diploma

Indigenous Policy Development, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
This course is critically important for students who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of the workings of government and policy; the structures and functions of governance in relation to Indigenous people; the practice of cultural engagement with and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; and/or the culture and language of Yolngu people.


This course provides the opportunity for graduate students to build on their professional knowledge and experiences with a critical understanding of important aspects of Indigenous economic and policy development in contemporary Australia. Students examine key issues of Indigenous policy development and implementation, economic development and participation, traditional and contemporary governance structures and intellectual and cultural property rights in current social and political contexts. The course provides an important foundation for respectful and accountable engagement with Indigenous people and the contemporary social and political issues they face in Australia and internationally.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development
  • Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics 
  • Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelors degree or equivalent. Consideration will also be given to non-graduates who have at least five years appropriate professional experience, for example policy development, research, governance or service delivery.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    23400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23400 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Darwin

  • 1493 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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