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Graduate Diploma in City Planning

What can you do with your degree?

The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas: Currently, 55% of the world’s 7.9 billion people live in cities and that proportion is expected to rise to 68% by 2050.   In what has been dubbed ‘the urban century’, the need for strategic planning of cities to meet the challenges of urban management, sustainability and climate change is a fundamental issue for governments, corporations, and community organisations worldwide.

Graduates of our city planning program will have the knowledge, skills, and adaptability to address the current and emerging challenges of city regions, with potential career pathways available in a wide range of settings, including consultancy, government planning construction and property development, transport and infrastructure, urban design, and international aid agencies.

Graduates will be able to work anywhere in Australia or around the world in a variety of roles.


City planner

A city planners’ primary role is to ensure that short and long-term urban land use goals are reached, while keeping in mind the future requirements of ever-growing urban populations.  This can ensure that infrastructure such as schools and town centres are both long-lasting and sustainable.

Urban planner

An urban and regional planner is responsible for the development and application of policies for the controlled use of land. They provide advice on social factors affecting land use, after compiling and analysing economic, legal, cultural, demographic, sociological, and physical data.

Urban design planner

An urban design planner is responsible for the appearance, function and liveability of our suburbs, towns, and cities. They can operate on the macro scale of zoning, transport, and infrastructure networks, or on a micro scale involving factors such as street design.

Strategic planner

A strategic planner provides strategic planning advice and expertise on policies and legislation implemented by state and local governments. The role also develops strategies for sustainable growth for cities and regions.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in City Planning provides a significant step towards the professionally accredited Master of City Planning within which it is nested. 

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be achieved on completion of the program. These outcomes will help you determine whether this program aligns with your professional pathway, career and learning goals.