Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course code 22200VIC
Start date(s) February
Course length Full time: 2 years
Campus Waverley
Study mode Full time
International course No
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  • Course Overview

    22197VIC Diploma of Justice
    22199VIC Certificate IV in Justice

    This course is designed to provide the vocational education and training you need to pursue a career in the justice field. It prepares you to work effectively with local government authorities, law enforcement agencies, youth justice and community-based corrections groups, including police, customs, corrections and courts.

    Learning in practical and personalised classes, the areas of study you will encounter include criminology, psychology and policing. You will also participate in numerous excursions to prisons, courts and parliament, to get a better understanding of the justice system in Victoria.

  • Course Structure

    For your first semester, you will be enrolled in the 22199VIC Certificate IV in Justice, where you will complete 7 units designed to provide you with foundation knowledge of the legal and criminal justice system. Our communications unit is specifically tailored to build your confidence and ability in both presentations and written tasks. You will be given a tour of the Victorian Parliament and the Melbourne Assessment Prison, and observe a magistrates' court in action. 

    You will then progress into the 22197VIC Diploma of Justice where you will undertake 6 units over a semester. These units have been selected based on current industry feedback, highlighting growth areas in the justice sector. These include working with new and emerging communities, family violence, and modern approaches to alternative dispute resolution. You will put your newfound skills into practice in our state of the art simulation lab.  

    Once you have successfully completed your first year, you will enrol in the 22200VIC Advanced Diploma of Justice. These final two semesters will give you a taste of the various avenues available in the justice system. Including criminology, psychology, case managing offenders, child protection and much more. In our investigations unit, watch CCTV footage, formulate a brief of evidence and deliver it in a mock courtroom. You will also visit a maximum security prison and have the opportunity to speak with offenders about their crimes.


    Assessments may include role plays and simulations, written reports, presentations, moot courts and group work.


    PSPETHC401AUphold and support the values and principles of public service
    PSPOHS401BImplement workplace safety procedures and programs
    VU20869Apply foundation legal principles
    VU20870Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
    VU20867Support policing process within justice environment contexts
    VU20861Apply criminal law within justice environments
    VU20862Work with family violence contexts within justice environments
    VU20863Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments
    VU20864Work with conflict resolution and mediation processes within justice environments
    VU20865Apply management and leadership within justice environments
    CHCCHILD404ASupport the rights and safety of children and young people
    VU20852Apply investigative processes within justice environments
    VU20853Apply sociology concepts and principles to justice contexts
    VU20856Apply psychological concepts and principles within justice environments
    VU20858Undertake case management in a justice environment
    VU20860Work with young offenders in justice environments
    CHCCHILD505BWork effectively in child protection in out of home care for children and young people
    VU20851Apply research techniques within justice contexts
    VU20854Research criminology and crime prevention for application to practice within justice environments
    VU20857Identify and respond to client complex issues within a criminal justice environment
    VU20855 Implement human rights principles and with justice environments
    VU20859Apply law and advocacy to support justice clients experiencing justicable event/s
    PSPGOV510AUndertake and promote career management
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    • VCE or equivalent, or
    • Mature age (at least 18 years of age)

    Selection Process

    All applicants must attend one of our interview days. If you are unable to attend these sessions, please contact us and alternate arrangements may be made.

    On the day, you will have a one-on-one interview with our justice teaching staff. 

    All applicants will receive an official letter on the day indicating whether or not they have been successful.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    As you progress through the course, you will be eligible to receive the 22197VIC Certificate IV in Justice or the 22199VIC Diploma of Justice at the prescribed exit points.

    After successfully completing the full course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed 22200VIC Advanced Diploma of Justice.


    Once you have completed the advanced diploma, pathways are available with a number of higher education providers including RMIT, Monash University and Deakin University. You will be eligible to receive credit of up to 18 months towards relevant degrees, meaning you can complete a university qualification sooner.

    Career Opportunities

    • Police force recruit
    • Customs officer
    • Community Corrections officer
    • Court administrator/registrar
    • Local laws officer
    • Child protection officer
    • Case manager
    • Prison officer
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    The next commencement for this course will be February 2018.


    Approximately 2 to 3.5 days per week.

  • How to Apply


    Apply directly to Holmesglen.

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Social Science Department
    03 9564 6320


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    $3500 Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE 22200VIC

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$3500
    Full Fee$8400
    The above program fee covers the 22200VIC Advanced Diploma qualification which is undertaken in your second year of study.
    For your first semester the 22199VIC Certificate IV in Justice program fees are:
    $1495.65  Gov. Subsidised 
    $3324.65  Full Fee
    For your second semester the 22197VIC Diploma of Justice program fees are:
    $2091.60  Gov. Subsidised 
    $4611.60  Full Fee

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – concession, subsidised and full fee.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    A payment plan is available for this course.  Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

Justice Open Days

  • 21Sep

    Are you interested in the justice system? Come along to our Open Thursday to learn about how our Justice courses prepare you for exciting career pathways into Victoria Police, the Magistrates' courts, the Victorian correctional system or local law departments.

    - , Thu 21 Sep - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, Vic Australia