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Prepare for a challenging and rewarding career as an in-demand expert in HR and industrial relations.

Could you remain calm and fair during workplace negotiations? Do you want an exciting role, supporting people in business? Then this is the course for you.

The graduate diploma gives you a solid grounding in business statistics and economics. You’ll learn the latest theory of industrial relations (IR), business ethics and human-resource (HR) management. We focus on sought-after skills in conflict resolution and staff development, supported by critical thinking and problem solving.

During your study, you’ll gain the confidence needed to resolve workplace disagreements and oversee staff performance. If you want to further your knowledge and prepare for a higher-lever role in IR and HR, the diploma is a direct path to the Master of Business (Industrial Relations / Human Resource Management).

If you want to aim high in the HR/IR field, you can improve your career prospects with a higher qualification from VU.

Our courses are designed to lead into one another and this course leads you into a Master of Business (Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management). Credits from your diploma will count towards you masters.

A masters will prepare you for leadership and management positions in human resources and industrial relations. You’ll gain respected accreditation, and all the skills and experience needed to take the lead in challenging workplace scenarios.

If you continue onto the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, you’ll receive accreditation from the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

The AHRI uses globally benchmarked standards, which are recognised and respected within the profession.

Our business school has its campus in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, making it easy for you to study, even if you’re working full time. Many of our post-graduate students are already immersed in a career, and we make it our job to create a study environment that suits them well.

Careers in Industrial Relations and HR Management

Careers in the HR and IR fields are found in a range of professional settings. Some of the job titles you can aspire to – especially with more study or on-the-job training – include:

  • human resource executive
  • employee relations manager
  • industrial relations manager
  • union official or representative.

Experts in human resources and industrial relations are found in the following areas:

  • banks
  • consultancies
  • local and national government.
  • small or large businesses
  • trades.


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.  

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.


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

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

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.

How to apply

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