Diploma of Justice

Diploma Of Justice

Course Code
Study Area(s)
Free TAFE, Justice Studies
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)

Start Date(s): Full-time: 14 July 2020
Part-time: 23 July 2020
End Date(s): Full-time: July 2021
Part-time: 6 December 2021
Days and Time: Full-time: 2-3 days per week
Part-time: 1 evening per week 5-9pm

Course Overview

The Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) will train you for work within the justice industry. This includes justice careers in the state or federal police forces, customs service, sheriff’s department, local government, correctional services, courts, youth justice, community corrections and various non-government organisations. Students that graduate with a Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) will be equipped to join a range of entry-level careers or move into further qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma of Justice (22321VIC) or a Bachelor's degree.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
VU21909Apply foundation legal principles70
VU21910Work within the criminal justice system60
VU21911Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment60
VU21912Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework60
VU21913Uphold and support the ethics and values of working within a justice environment40
VU21914Apply criminal law within justice environments80
VU21915Work with family violence contexts within justice environments50
VU21916Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments50
VU21917Work with conflict resolution and mediation processes within justice environments40
VU21918Apply self-management and workplace safety in the justice environment60


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBLEG415Apply The Principles Of Contract Law60
VU21919Identify and support children and young people at risk40
VU21920Apply Australian Border Force law enforcement processes within justice environments40
VU21921Support policing processes within justice environment contexts40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

Additional comments

  • This is one of the free TAFE courses offered in 2020. This means that eligible applicants will not pay for tuition, but are still required to pay for their materials, consumables and student services fee. 

    For more information on free TAFE courses with Kangan Institute, please visit https://www.kangan.edu.au/free-tafe-for-priority-courses/faq
  • Non-VTAC applicants need to attend an Information Session. These sessions will cover course requirements, fees, timetables and an entrance test. Teachers will be presenting during these information sessions and available for questions or one-on-one discussion if required.

What will I study?

You will be required to undertake eleven core subjects and two elective subjects. Please see the list of modules for more details about the units.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
670 670 $5.59 $1.12 $11.38

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There will be extra costs for reference books, stationery, text books, other reading materials, and travel costs associated with attending excursions and practical placements. These additional costs have been estimated at $100-$200 for the course.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. OR You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months.)

Where and how can I study?

Classes are offered at our Broadmeadows and Essendon campuses. Students are expected to attend classes on campus and participate in off-campus activities. Each unit has corresponding online activities as well. Whilst most classes are scheduled during business hours, some classes may be conducted in the evening

What employment opportunities will I have?

Graduates of the Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) will build your skills and knowledge in justice. You will develop your research skills and ability to understand, interpret and apply the law, as well as manage conflict and supervise staff in a number of justice careers such as court registrar, prison officer, legal assistant and court services work.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

The Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) equips you with key knowledge of justice, including the Australian criminal justice system and the social and legal context in which it operates. You will be practised in justice skills including applying foundation legal practices, supporting the management of adult offenders and enforcing processes within the justice environment.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Diploma of Justice (22320VIC). This qualification is accredited in Victoria.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

The Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) course leads into the Advanced Diploma of Justice (22321VIC). Successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Justice can lead to university pathways with credits.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you may click on the yellow 'Apply Here' tab. This course also has a mid-year intake.

Along with direct applications, the Diploma of Justice (22320VIC) is also offered through VTAC; therefore full time VTAC applicatants must lodge their applications using the VTAC Online Application. Details of the application process can be obtained through the VTAC website or through the VTAC Guide which is available from leading newsagents and libraries.

You can also register for one of our information sessions through the website.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will need to attend an information session and an online assessment. You will need a high level of literacy and numeracy skills.

Year 12 students will be selected using their ATAR scores, if applying through VTAC.