Victoria University has designed a Graduate Certificate in Crime Prevention course in partnership with the Department of Justice and Community Safety. It will see students gain an understanding of:

  • key research and effective evidence-based crime prevention strategies, and
  • develop expertise in planning, implementation and evaluation.

Victoria University will offer the course from the start of the 2023 academic year. It will take 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time to complete. It will be available in hybrid 8-week blocks, with a mixture of online and class-based learning. This is to accommodate students’ employment and other commitments.

The course is designed to build on the skills of those currently working in crime prevention-related roles, such as:

  • policing
  • urban planning and design
  • fraud
  • family violence
  • youth and family support.

It will also help those looking to move into roles across:

  • state and local government
  • community organisations
  • business, and
  • policing or regulatory agencies.

Students who complete the course may also continue their studies to gain a Master of Criminology qualification.

As part of the initiative, the Victorian Government will provide $66,000 to fund 6 scholarships for the Graduate Certificate.

The scholarships are aimed at people with relevant professional crime prevention experience and those who may have financial barriers preventing them from undertaking post-graduate study.

They will provide an avenue for smaller organisations to upskill their staff in key crime prevention practice and knowledge. Students with 5 or more years relevant employment or community experience will be considered for course entry, even if they do not hold a relevant undergraduate degree.

Watch the 2-minute Graduate Certificate in Crime Prevention Overview video:

You can register your interest (External link) in the course and find out more about the scholarships through the Victoria University website.