10971NAT - Certificate IV in Justice Studies

Duration12 - 18 months One (1) unit per 10 week study period To ensure you can manage your study load, we recommend limiting your workload to no more than one (1) unit per study period. Some students may progress at a faster rate based on their experience, knowledge, and skills, as they would be able to apply the actual context of workplace experience to their assessments.
Next intakeJanuary, 2024
Study modeOnline
Total units10
Fee-Free TAFE course for eligible applicants in 2023.


Let us help you get the right start to your career in the justice system. In addition to giving you solid skills in a range of legal areas, this course will give you a chance to pursue a rewarding career in a variety of fields, such as the police force, youth justice or border force. This course is included in the Australian and Queensland Government’s Fee Free TAFE program.

This course provides learners with the specialist skills and knowledge required to perform the following duties and functions:

  • Interpret and apply legislation to provide support and advice on justice related issues
  • Work effectively in the crime and justice sector and within the legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Prepare accurate documentation and communication using methods and protocols appropriate to the justice sector and the context
  • Identify and apply the principles of law enforcement and the principles of natural justice
  • Identify and explain social justice issues and the impact of these on crime and justice related matters
  • Conduct research from primary and secondary sources to gather the evidence and information necessary to complete justice related tasks

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

This qualification consists of competency in 6 core and 4 elective units. On successful completion of all 10 units, students will receive a Certificate IV in Justice Studies.

Career opportunities: Police Officer (State or Federal), Corrections Officer, Legal administration, Court Services Officer, Protective Services Officer, Australian Border Force Officer, Private Investigator, Local/State Government Investigator, Youth Justice Roles, and Government Administrator.

Pathways: Students who successfully complete 10971NAT Certificate IV in Justice Studies will be eligible for direct entry into 10972NAT Diploma of Justice Studies and CL75 Bachelor of Criminology at CQUniversity.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure


12 - 18 months

One (1) unit per 10 week study period

To ensure you can manage your study load, we recommend limiting your workload to no more than one (1) unit per study period.


Some students may progress at a faster rate based on their experience, knowledge, and skills, as they would be able to apply the actual context of workplace experience to their assessments.


Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBLEG421Apply understanding of the Australian legal system
BSBXCM401Apply communication strategies in the workplace
NAT10971002Prepare documentation for court proceedings
PSPREG033Apply regulatory powers
NAT10971001Provide information and referral advice on justice related issues
NAT10971003Analyse social justice issues

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBPEF402Develop personal work priorities
NAT10972001Analyse and apply Criminal Law
BSBLEG524Apply principles of evidence law in matters under litigation
PSPLEG006Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector

Standard Course Structure

January, 2023Online
February, 2023Online
March, 2023Online
April, 2023Online
May, 2023Online
August, 2023Online
September, 2023Online
October, 2023Online
November, 2023Online
December, 2023Online
January, 2024Online
February, 2024Online
March, 2024Online
April, 2024Online
May, 2024Online
June, 2024Online
July, 2024Online
August, 2024Online
September, 2024Online
October, 2024Online
November, 2024Online
December, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.



Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

What is the purpose of bksb?

The bksb is an approved online review tool that will give the student a level for their English (literacy) and Maths (numeracy) levels, and can also help to identify any skill gaps or areas that the student might need additional support in.


It is beneficial for those seeking entry into Certificate IV of Justice Studies to satisfy at least one of the entry requirements provided below:

· successful completion of a Certificate III qualification, or

· completion of Year 10 or equivalent with a sound achievement in English, or

· relevant work or life experience in the business or justice fields.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$4,180
Fee for service per unit$418
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$132
Co-Contribution Fee$2,320
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$1,760
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$232
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$176

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$5,150
Fee for service per unit$515
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
Co-Contribution Fee$3,210
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$2,620
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$321
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$262
RPL Fee for service per Unit$258

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

At CQUniversity, we believe that studying should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer scholarships, bursaries and stipends.

Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more.

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.