The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Compliance is an 18 unit part-time program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. It is taught in flexible delivery mode and will contain a residential intensive.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved three year degree or equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students, irrespective of their professional backgrounds, who are working or intend to work in positions that require knowledge and understanding of environmental legislation and compliance issues with the opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge and enhanced skills in environmental compliance. Where applicable, the course builds on the students’ current workplace experience and exposes them to both the theory and practice of environmental regulation and investigation of possible regulatory breaches and enforcement of those regulations.

This course has a strong industry focus aimed at equipping students with the necessary knowledge to apply environmental compliance theory and practice in workplaces. The Graduate Certificate will introduce students to some core competencies, successful completion of which will better equip them to carry out environmental compliance.

It is anticipated that this course will contribute to the development of other proposed graduate programs in Environmental Law.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • identify and respond to challenging problems related to environmental compliance
  • apply their high-level knowledge, skills and abilities to plan, develop and communicate solutions to problems of environmental compliance
  • analyse and critically discuss theory and practice of environmental compliance
  • exercise a deep understanding of the regulatory theory and the dynamics affecting investigation and enforcement.


Credit may be granted, on application, for comparable prior studies. 

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Compliance, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below:

Core - Year 1 topics

 LEGL8300  Principles of Environmental Law  (4.5 units)
 LEGL8301  Environmental Compliance: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 LEGL8302  Investigating Environmental Crimes  (4.5 units)
 LEGL8303  Enforcing Environmental Law  (4.5 units)

Other topics require the permission of the course convenor.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed within four consecutive semesters.