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Development Planning

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Development Planning
6 months full-time
Curtin Perth, Open Universities Australia


Learn how to shape the development and land use of cities, towns and regions.

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Complete practical exercises and fieldwork.

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For human settlements to be sustainable and successful, they must be properly planned. Urban and regional planners play an important role in shaping the development and land use of cities, towns and regions, and promoting public interest in the development process.

In the program you will be introduced to the principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners. You will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and techniques to address environmental, social and design issues of concern to communities.

The course is suitable if you do not have a background in planning, or if you are a practising planner outside of Australia.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may be eligible for entry into the master degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • This course promotes a balanced view towards: theory and practice; and local and global perspectives.
  • Fieldwork, studios and practical exercises are integrated within the curriculum.
  • This course provides a pathway to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for graduates with bachelors from unrelated disciplines and professionals with relevant work experience.

Career information

The future of planning and development
The future of planning and development is underpinned by the need for innovative thinking to plan, regulate and manage the environmental, economic and social impacts of development.

Urban and regional issues are collective, often having multiple stakeholders with differing requirements. We require new ways of approaching land use and resource problems – such as developing sharing and community economies, encouraging a social licence to operate, and innovating our democratic institutions.

Innovation in urban planning and development will also occur through technological advances. Smart technologies, big data and the Internet of Things are opening new ways of developing knowledge and seeing cities and regions. Although these technologies will further enhance the analysis of planning problems, cultural competency and humanism are also critically important for working with communities and formulating responsive designs and solutions.


  • land-use planning
  • Development
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Government
  • Community engagement

What you'll learn

  • identify and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
  • examine and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information in the context of urban and regional planning
  • communicate effectively in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences within a university context
  • use appropriate technologies to gather and interpret research and data
  • engage in self education within the Urban and Regional Planning profession to continue self development
  • compare and contrast developmental processes in local and international contexts
  • recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
  • work ethically as individuals and in teams using skills central to the practice of integrated planning development

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution, or vocational skills and knowledge in relevant professional areas where you can demonstrate through professional work experience your capacity to successfully undertake this program.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

You may be required to participate in site visits and/or field trips on weekdays or weekends.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $11,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-DEVPLN
  • CRICOS code: 023976J
  • Last updated on: June 28, 2022