Diploma Of Justice

Course Code: 22320VIC
Study Area:
Justice Studies

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements - where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course.

Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Start Date: February 2021

End Date: December 2021 

2 Days per week

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. Job Trainer is only available till June 2021.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure
  • Face to face / Classroom based
  • Remote-learning via online scheduled classes (current mode)


This course contains nationally or state accredited units.

Possible careers
  • Australian Customs Officer
  • Legal Assistant with legal firms, government departments, law enforcement agencies and legal aid agencies
  • Local and Municipal Law Enforcement
  • Officer
  • Investigator
  • Loss prevention work
  • Court services work

  • You need to have completed VCE (or equivalent) or be of mature age and have sufficient work experience. You also need to have a high level of literacy and numeracy skills.

Course overview

This course will train you for work within the justice industry. This includes justice careers in the state or federal police forces, customs service, sheriffs department, local government, correctional services, courts, youth justice, community corrections and various non-government organisations. Upon completion, you will be equipped to join a range of entry-level careers or move into further qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma of Justice (22321VIC) or a Bachelors degree.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Apply online. You will need to attend an information session, complete a Literacy and Numeracy test and and a written test.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods

Learning options
  • Online

Key study areas

Vocational outcomes of the Diploma course are to:

  • Adhere to ethical standards required of working within the Victorian criminal justice sector at an operational level
  • Effectively manage a range of justice context functions, including appropriate application of law, working within family violence contexts, conflict resolution and client services that address cultural diversity and special needs
  • Apply and direct effective communication, problem-solving and emotional intelligence skills within justice organisational structures and cultures
  • Apply effective written communication skills to prepare and present information, documents and briefs
  • Comply with legal and regulatory standards and provisions for work safety within justice environments
  • Supervise adult offenders at an operational level

Further study opportunities
  • Students completing this course can further their studies with the Advanced Diploma of Justice (22321VIC)


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,745.30
Concession - average total course fee*$750.40
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,624.60
B.   Materials average fee**$34.70
C.   Consumables average fee**$8.40
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 3/03/2021 12:46 PM

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