Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

This course provides the opportunity for graduate students to build on their professional knowledge and experiences with a critical understanding of important aspects of Indigenous economic and policy development in contemporary Australia. Students examine key issues of Indigenous policy development and implementation, economic development and participation, traditional and contemporary governance structures and intellectual and cultural property rights in current social and political contexts. The course provides an important foundation for respectful and accountable engagement with Indigenous people and the contemporary social and political issues they face in Australia and internationally. This course will be critically important for students who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of the workings of government and policy; the structures and functions of governance in relation to Indigenous people; the practice of cultural engagement with and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; and the culture and language of Yolngu people.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,208
International: $23,400

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent; consideration will also be given to non-graduates who have at least five years appropriate professional experience, for example policy development, research, governance or service delivery.


80 credit points comprising 4 core and 4 specialist elective units.

Subjects you can Study:

Indigenous policy development

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 2 years
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 1 year
Casuarina No info Yes Online
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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