With increasing government focus on planning and regulation, there is a clear need for individuals with a high level of understanding of policy and governance. This course provides that understanding.

This Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government from The University of Western Australia is available to law and non-law graduates who seek a greater understanding of socio-legal theory, policy development and the skills required to work in or with government.

Including both theory and practically oriented units, this course is suited to those looking to build a career in the public sector, as legal practitioners, or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.


This course opens career opportunities for those seeking employment within the public sector. You may also choose to work as a legal practitioner or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Law and Governance
  • Comparative Law
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation: Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Socio-legal Studies
  • Working with the Written Law

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 6 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • 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 ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®

General Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

  •  a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; 


  • a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
  •  the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; 


  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
  • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; and
  • at least two years of relevant professional experience
CRICOS: 083852B

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    16100 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16100 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Check your fit
Check your budget and academic fit with this study


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?