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1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
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Applications due 1 March 2018


This course is a one year degree that educates students in relation to a number of Industrial Relations and Human Resource issues. There are a range of assessment tasks that focus on critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.

Develop your skills in:

  • business statistics and economics
  • human resource management
  • managing workplace conflict
  • business ethics.

Graduates may further their postgraduate studies by applying for admission into the Master of Business (Industrial Relations / Human Resource Management).

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  • specialist HRM/IR knowledge that will prepare students to enter professions in government, HR and IR.
  • pathway to further study at the Masters coursework level.

Organisations employing human resource graduates

You could gain employment working in small or large businesses, public or the private sector while developing specialist skills. Potential employers include manufacturers, retailers, banks, consultancies, local and national government.

Employment rates

Employment for Human Resource Managers is expected to grow strongly in the next four years. (JobOutlook).


The average salary for human resource managers in Australia is A$97, 500 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management) is a 96 credit point (8 units) course. It has two components both of which must be successfully completed to meet graduation requirements:

  1. 84 credit points of core studies (equivalent to 7 units) - (BMO6506, BEO5539, BEO6600, BMO6511, BMO5564, BAO5734 and BLO5513).
  2. 12 credit points of elective study (equivalent to 1 unit) - (select from BMO5550, BMO5572, BMO5567, BMO6625, BMO6630, or BMO5501).

Students planning to articulate into the Master of Business (Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management) should select BMO6630 Business Research Methods as their elective.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Select 12 credit point Elective from the list below

Elective units

Select from the following list subject to availability

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesise and critically review knowledge about business systems relevant to industrial relations/human resource management (IR/HR) practices to make high level independent technical recommendations.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems in contemporary IR/HR industry, business and community settings.  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge to stimulate creative IR/HR decision making.  
  4. Exhibit independent judgement in a range of technical or management functions in response to contemporary and future business challenges.  
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of IR/HR in the support of management decision making.  
  6. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas of IR/HR practice to a variety of audiences.  
  7. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  
  8. Analyse research findings applicable to IR/HR practice in business, industry and community sectors.  

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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.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

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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.

  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have completed:
    • a relevant VE (AQF 5 or AQF 6) qualification and have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience, or
    • a Bachelors Degree ( AQF 7) from any discipline field, or
    • in absence of the above, a minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience.

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.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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Direct applications due 1 March 2018.

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