10972NAT - Diploma of Justice Studies


There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.

Next intakeJuly, 2024
Study modeOnline
Total units14


Are you looking to launch your career in the justice and/or law enforcement fields? With the CQU Diploma of Justice Studies (10972NAT), you will gain the skills and knowledge to achieve that goal.

The Diploma of Justice Studies is the ideal course to provide you with the skills and knowledge to launch your career in a range of justice and/or law enforcement fields.

The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of justice related areas including legislation and legal frameworks, social justice, crime and corrections, ethics in the public sector, interviewing, evidence law, and investigation.

This course has been designed in conjunction with industry practitioners from the Queensland Police Service, The Department of Justice and Attorney General, the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Corrective Services, and the Australian Border Force. 


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 8 core and 6 elective units. Upon completing all 14 units, students will receive a Diploma of Justice Studies.

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


Structure & Availability

Online Course


12 mths - 24 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.



To learn more about the course structure for this course, please visit the handbook.

Online Course

January, 2024Online
February, 2024Online
March, 2024Online
April, 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 the Diploma of Justice Studies to satisfy at least one of the entry requirements provided below:

  • successful completion of a Certificate IV in Justice Studies; or
  • successful completion of Certificate IV qualification; or
  • completion of Year 12 or equivalent with a sound achievement in English, or


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

Fees & Scholarships

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Fee for service per unit
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit
Co-Contribution Fee
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee
Co-Contribution Fee per unit
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit
RPL Fee for service per Unit

Understand your TAFE payment choices including payment options and our refund policy. Start by examining the price list for your specific course to gain a better understanding of your fees. Course fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Still uncertain about the best option for you? Contact us on 13 27 86 to discuss your options.

Fee for Service/ Full Fee

Fee for Service/Full Fee occurs when the full tuition fee is charged to students. This may occur when the course is not included in government subsidy program/s or the student is not eligible for a government subsidy. These students are obligated to cover the entire cost. Learn more about Paying for TAFE. 

Co-Contribution and Co-Contribution Concessional Fee

Some government subsidies, such as Higher Level Skills (HLS), will require the individual to contribute to the cost of their training through a co-contribution fee. Government subsidies are subject to eligibility.

The fee will vary based on the course chosen and the eligibility of the student for a concession rate. The co-contribution fee represents the total cost to the student for tuition. There are other costs that the student may have to pay, including but not limited to uniforms and course resources. This will vary depending on the training. If you are required to pay Co-Contribution Fees, you may be eligible for partial or full exemption, you can find more information on Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

This course is included in the Australian Government’s VET Student Loan (VSL) program, assisting eligible students pay tuition fees. Refer to the VET Student Loan webpage for more information, eligibility and census date calendar. A VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

This course is part of the Queensland Government's TAFE Priority Skills Fund. Eligibility and conditions apply. Eligible students need to be enrolled and participate in study prior to the end of June 2024 to access TAFE Priority Skills Fund.

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

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