Study off-campus:
Available for Industry.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
For information on the next course start date, request a call back.


Prepare yourself for entry level management positions within the logistics industry with a Diploma of Logistics at Victoria University Polytechnic.

In this course, you’ll gain a broad range of skills and knowledge for managing the distribution of goods and materials. You’ll learn to work with others to perform complex technical operations. An efficient supply chain is a fundamental component of every type of business and essential to the transport and logistics industry.

You will learn a broad range of essential logistics skills including:

  • supply chain operations
  • contract negotiations
  • purchasing and inventory
  • distribution
  • supplier management
  • customer service
  • leadership and employee relations
  • budgets
  • planning
  • workplace health and safety
  • environmental sustainability.

This course will give you strong theoretical knowledge and practical experience developing logistics strategies. You will need to have considerable analytical and communication skills. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be qualified and ready for leadership roles in the logistics industry.

Please note: this qualification is not open for general enrolments. Contact Victoria University Polytechnic to find out more about our workforce training solutions.

We offer flexible part-time study options (including classes at night) for this course to work around your existing work commitments.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate. Our logistics courses are broadly recognised in the industry.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • guest speaker presentations
  • excursions/site visits
  • scenario-based learning and assessments
  • industry projects.

You’ll benefit from the partnerships we have with leading logistics and transport companies. For example, we work with Linfox to provide quality, professional education opportunities. This partnership aims to enhance supply chain and logistics capability across Australia.

Victoria University has a strong and well-respected logistics program, offering qualifications from TAFE (Victoria University Polytechnic) through to postgraduate level. We have partnerships with a number of leading logistics and transport companies, such as Linfox.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in logistics

The logistics and freight industry is an essential component of the national economy. Logistics is a dynamic and flexible profession which is expected to grow over the next few years.

You’ll graduate with a broad range of skills in current logistics and supply chain practice. You’ll be able to confidently seek employment in leadership roles in the logistics sector and in logistics roles in other industries such as:

  • aviation
  • automotive
  • computing
  • construction/manufacturing
  • mining
  • shipping
  • retail.

Job roles and titles vary across different sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • logistics manager
  • transport/fleet manager
  • warehouse manager
  • administration supervisor
  • account executive
  • operations manager
  • client relationship manager
  • inventory supervisor/controller
  • procurement analyst/manager
  • inventory analyst/manager
  • sales and marketing analyst/manager
  • distribution manager.

Course structure

To be awarded TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • two (2) core units, and;

  • thirteen (13) elective units, of which:

  • seven (7) units must be selected from the technical elective unit list in the TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics qualification;

  • a minimum of three (3) units must be selected from the general elective unit list or remaining technical elective unit list in the TLI50415 Diploma of Logistics qualification;

  • three (3) units may be selected from any relevant nationally endorsed training package or accredited course.

The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

A general qualification for the integrated management of logistics. Successful completion will require the self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others.  Applications involve participation in the development of strategic initiatives as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations and organising others. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination may be involved.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

Calculate your course fees.

Find out:

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Supply chain management & logistics courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

Enquire now

Please fill out the form below, and we'll get back to you shortly.

Information marked with an asterisk "*" is required.

Refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.

Please note that if changes to this course occur, VU will notify students as soon as possible.

At Victoria University, we aim to display accurate and complete course information online. However, we are unable to guarantee that every course change is currently displayed. You may contact the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100 to confirm the most up-to-date course fees, pathways and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations and services available to our students.