10972NAT - Diploma of Justice Studies

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.




This course can typically be completed in 18-24 months. Learners have a finish date for individual units but may complete their training sooner if they have reached the required skill level. As most students will undertake this distance program on a part-time basis, the duration for the full qualification will vary.




14 units


Successful completion of this course will provide employment opportunities as: • 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 Investigator • Government Administrator

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.

For information on course structure and duration please visit the CQU handbook website.


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Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
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.

It is beneficial for those seeking entry into the Diploma to satisfy at least one of the entry requirements provided below:

successful completion of a Certificate IV in Crime and Justice Studies; or

successful completion of a 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.

Successful completion of this course will provide employment opportunities as:

• 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 Investigator

• Government Administrator

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$6,566.00 (2022)
Subsidised full fee$3,696.00 (2022)
Subsidised concession fee$2,814.00 (2022)
Fee for service per unit$469.00 (2022)
Subsidised full fee per unit$264.00 (2022)
Subsidised concession fee per unit$201.00 (2022)
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$151.00 (2022)
JobTrainer$399.00 (2022)
JobTrainer fee per unit$28.50 (2022)
Fee for service$7,938.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee$5,460.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee$4,718.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$567.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee per unit$390.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee per unit$337.00 (2023)
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$252.70 (2023)
JobTrainer$392.00 (2023)
JobTrainer fee per unit$28.00 (2023)

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. The 2022 VET Student Loan Cap for this course is $10,813. VET Student Loans can be used to pay for all or part of an eligible student’s Tuition Fees. VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is paid. Please refer to VET Student Loan for details and eligibility.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of 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. 

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.

You’ve made an excellent choice. Now that you have decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one. International students can apply for a USI once in Australia.

You can apply for this course by clicking the Apply Now button below. Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86.

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I think the resources that CQUni offer are incredible. My experience studying online has been really positive I can chat to my teacher and other students on the online portal.

Rebecca Wessels

Diploma of Crime and Justice Studies