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  • Objectives
    This course aims to provide students with vocational education and training pathways needed by persons wishing to enter, develop skills and to pursue a career within, the community justice field and to work as a para-legal professional.
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Diploma of Justice
  • Course description
    Incorporating Certificate IV in Justice and
    Diploma of Justice
    Advanced and Professional Studies

    Course Outline
    This course aims to provide students with vocational education and training pathways needed by persons wishing to enter, develop skills and to pursue a career within, the community justice field and to work as a para-legal professional.

    In particular this course aims to produce multi-skilled graduates who can:
    • communicate effectively with other occupational, professional and community groups working in the Justice field
    • develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes involved in performing professional duties in the context of rapid social, legal and political change
    • effectively draw upon their workplace as a learning resource
    • gather, record and present evidence in a Court of Law, i.e. to act as an informant
    • develop an understanding of the powers of an authorised officer in the execution of their duties
    • apply legal principles to case and statutory analysis
    • analyse and apply legal information relating to the operation of the legal system
    • take and record witness statements

    Campus
    Cranbourne, Frankston

    Study Mode
    Full-time, part-time, day and/or evening.

    Duration
    Two years full-time, four years part-time.

    Commencement Date
    February, July

    Entrance Requirements
    • Students who have successfully completed VCE or equivalent.
    • Mature age students with an interest in Social Science and law related fields.
    • Those wishing to articulate from the Advanced Diploma into related Arts, Social Science, Law degrees or Criminology

    Selection Criteria
    Applicants may be required to demonstrate appropriate writing, presentation and communication skills and attend an interview.

    Application Procedure
    Full-time students: All full-time students (including mature age) must apply through VTAC. Consult the VTAC Guide (available July) for application dates. A Chisholm Institute Application
    Form must also be completed and sent to:
    Jim Vatousios
    Justice Studies
    Chisholm Institute
    PO Box 684
    Dandenong 3175
    Part-time students: All intending part-time students must complete a Chisholm Institute Application Form and send to:
    Jim Vatousios
    (address as above)

    Study Areas
    Students are required to satisfactorily complete:
    • All the Year 1 and Year 2 core subjects
    • Three elective modules
    • A minimum number of approved field work hours over the two years.

    Certificate IV in Justice Hours
    Work in a Legal Environment 75
    Apply Investigative Processes in a Justice Environment 75
    Introduction to Criminal Justice System 68
    Apply Research Techniques within a Justice Framework 60
    Implement Workplace Safety Procedures and Programs 35
    Work within the Current Industrial Relations Climate 54
    Uphold and Support the Values and Principles of Public Service 40
    Apply Oral and Written Communication Skills in a Justice Environment 20
    Implement the Mediation Process in a Justice Environment 60
    Apply Principles and Practices of Management and Leadership in a Justice Environment 54

    Total Core nominal hrs 541 hrs

    Students are to complete at least 2 units from the following elective units. Any appropriate
    accredited modules or endorsed units of competency from an equivalent level may be
    substituted for these electives.

    Electives (choose two from the following)
    Apply Municipal Law within a Local Government Environment 54
    Provide Supervision of and Support to Adult Offenders within a Correction Framework 54
    Apply the Law Enforcement Processes within the Sheriff’s Office 54
    Apply the Law Enforcement Processes within the Customs Environment 54
    Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment 54
    Sub total Elective minimum hrs 108 hrs

    Exit point Total Certificate IV in Justice minimum hrs 649 hrs

    Diploma of Justice - Hours
    Criminal Law in a Justice Environment 75
    Criminology 68
    Apply Psychological Concepts and Principles within a Justice Environment 68
    Work with Culturally Diverse Clients in a Justice Environment 54
    Promote High Quality Case Management 54
    Contribute to the Development and Implementation of Strategic Plans 60

    Total Diploma minimum hrs 379 hrs
    Exit point Overall total Certificate IV and Diploma minimum hrs 1028 hrs

    Advanced Diploma of Justice -Hours
    Formulate and Apply Crime Prevention Strategies 54
    Sociology 68
    Plan and Organise Human Resource in a Justice Environment 20
    Implement Human Rights Principles in a Justice Environment 54
    Arrange Legal Representation for Criminal Justice Clients 54
    Manage Risk 60

    Sub total Core minimum hours 310 hrs

    Elective units/modules

    Students are to complete at least 1 unit from the following elective units. Any appropriate
    accredited modules or endorsed units of competency from an equivalent level may be substituted for these electives.

    Electives (choose one from the following)
    Provide Support/Supervision to Young Offenders within a Youth Justice Framework 54
    Orientation to Child Protection and Out of Home Care for Children and Young People 50

    Sub total Elective minimum hrs 50-54 hrs
    Total Advanced Diploma minimum hrs 360-364 hrs
    Overall total Certificate IV + Diploma + Advanced Diploma minimum hrs 1388-1392 hrs

    The Certificate IV in Justice and the Diploma of Justice are exit points from this qualification

    VBQU367 Work in a Legal Environment
    This unit provides an overview of the Victorian and Australian legal environment, including law making bodies, the adjudication and enforcement process, and various aspects of the law and procedures.

    VBQU368 Apply Investigative Processes in a Justice Environment
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to examine and apply the investigative skills and procedures to conduct an investigation; gather, record and present evidence in a court of law, together with an understanding of the witness responsibilities and privacy and confidentiality issues.

    VBQM389 Introduction to Criminal Justice System
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a working knowledge of the criminal justice system.

    VBQU369 Apply Research Techniques within a Justice Framework
    This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to conduct social research in a community justice environment.

    PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
    This unit covers implementation of the organisation's occupational health and safety policies, procedures and programs by those with supervisory responsibilities, to meet occupational health and safety standards. The unit is based on Generic Competency B in the National Guidelines for Integrating OHS Competencies into National Industry Competency Standards (NOHSC:7025, 1998, 2nd edition).
    In practice, the implementation of workplace safety procedures and programs may be demonstrated in the context of generalist and specialist work activities such as delivering service to clients, using resources, making arrests, conducting searches, managing contracts, etc.
    This unit replaces and is equivalent to PSPOHS401A Implement and monitor the organisation's occupational health and safety policies, procedures and programs.

    VBQU370 Work within the Current Industrial Relations Climate
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to examine and apply the industrial relations laws, practices and procedures required to work within a Justice environment.

    PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
    This unit covers the ethical conduct required of those in public service and the responsibility to encourage ethical conduct in others colleagues or supervised staff. It includes contributing to an ethical public sector workplace and participating in ethical decision making.
    In practice, ethical conduct is demonstrated in the context of other generalist or specialist work activities such as applying government processes, delivering and monitoring services to clients, using resources, conducting interviews, giving evidence, awarding contracts etc.
    This is a new unit of competency, added to the Ethics & Accountability Key Area of the Training Package in 2004.

    VBQU372 Apply Oral and Written Communications Skills in the Justice Environment
    This unit covers the development and application of oral and written communication skills required within the justice environment.

    VBQU373 Implement the Mediation Process in a Justice Environment
    This unit covers the competency required to communicate and develop skills required for the mediation process and to assist clients in their roles and responsibilities in the mediation process.

    VBQU374 Apply Principles and Practices of Management and Leadership in a Justice Environment
    This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to deal effectively with the issues of management in a justice environment. It includes the theories, principles and practices of management.

    VBQU375 Apply Law within a Local Government Environment
    This unit will provide the competency required to work as law enforcement personnel in the Local Government environment, and to establish working relationships with other sectors of the Community Justice context.

    VBQU376 Provide Supervision of & Support to Adult Offenders within a Correction Framework
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage adult offenders within the Victorian correctional system..

    VBQU377 Apply the Law Enforcement Processes within the Sheriff’s Office
    This unit covers the underpinning knowledge required to administer the Sheriff’s office. It includes providing court security and support services, administering the jury system and serving the orders issued by courts and tribunals. It also includes undertaking administrative tasks such as processing people appearing before the courts for trial or sentencing.

    VBQU378 Apply the Law Enforcement Process within the Customs Environment
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to apply the requirements of Australian Customs legislation. It includes an examination of the function of the Australian customs Service.

    VBQU378 Apply the Law Enforcement Process within the Customs Environment
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to apply the requirements of Australian Customs legislation. It includes an examination of the function of the Australian customs Service.

    VBQU379 Apply Policing Principles & Practices in Justice Environment
    This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to identify and apply the structure, function and role of policing in Victoria to the criminal justice community. It also includes the investigation and implementation of appropriate policing strategies and processes to deal with drugs and intoxicated persons, cultural diversity; and work with people with special needs and psychological disorders.

    VBQM390 Criminal Law in a Justice Environment
    The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge of aspects of criminal law relevant to a person working in the justice field.

    VBQM391 Criminology
    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the study of crime, substantive areas of offending behaviour, and the implications of criminological knowledge for policy formulation and crime prevention strategy.

    VBQU381 Work with Culturally Diverse Clients in a Justice Environment
    This unit provides the knowledge on the origins and nature of Australia’s multicultural society and the skills to work with culturally diverse clients, and develop attitudinal change and empathy with multiculturalism.

    CHCCM4B Promote high quality case management
    Disseminating information and providing advice on practice issues relating to case management.
    BSBMGT602A Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans
    This unit covers the second stage of the strategic planning process. It involves confirmation of strategic direction, the development of detailed objectives and strategies, and the creation of measures and criteria to evaluate progress towards those objectives.
    Consider co-assessment with BSBMGT601A Contribute to strategic direction.

    VBQU382 Formulate and Apply Crime Prevention Strategies
    This unit covers the competency required to formulate and apply crime prevention strategies in the criminal justice context.

    VBQM392 Sociology
    This module explores the nature and development of Australian society, the major forces and historical events that have shaped Australian society, the nature and experience of inequality, the power structures and processes that influence and maintain inequality and some of the major theories that explain why our society operates this way.

    VBQU383 Plan and Organise Human Resource in a Justice Environment
    This unit deals with the skills and knowledge required to recruit and select staff within the framework of existing human or staffing resource plans or policies in the justice environment.

    VBQU384 Implement Human Rights Principles in a Justice Environment
    This unit covers the specific knowledge and skills on human rights required for the prescription of legal advocacy and enforcement of human rights within justice framework.

    VBQU384 Implement Human Rights Principles in a Justice Environment
    This unit covers the specific knowledge and skills on human rights required for the prescription of legal advocacy and enforcement of human rights within justice framework.

    VBQU385 Arrange Legal Representation for Criminal Justice Clients
    This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to refer clients to private lawyers, legal aid, pro bono legal assistance schemes and community legal centres. It includes an analysis of the role of Victoria Legal Aid, an explanation of the operation of specialist and generalist Community Legal Centres and an overview of pro bono assistance schemes. It also includes an analysis of lawyers’ ethics and the procedures for making a complaint against a lawyer

    BSBMGT609A Manage risk
    This unit covers the development, implementation and evaluation of a risk management plan for the organisation. It incorporates an assessment of all potential risks facing the organisation and the development of strategies and plans to mitigate all risk situations through elimination, isolation or protection. This unit provides a foundation for other Strategic Management units available at Advanced Diploma level.
    Consider co-assessment with any other unit in which risk analysis and risk management are an integral part, especially BSBMGT610A Manage environmental management systems.

    VBQU386 Provide Support/Supervision to Young Offenders within a Youth Justice Framework
    This unit covers the competency required to apply juvenile law, procedures and structures within a youth justice context.

    CHCCHILD5A Orientation to child protection and out of home care for children and young people
    This unit aims to describe the context within which a range of child protection services are delivered. It covers the knowledge and skills required to operate within a legal and ethical framework and aims to support the rights and interests of children/young people and families to meet duty of care and legal requirements.

    Notes:
    • Applicants should be aware that in any year a subject is offered only if a sufficient number of students enrol
    for it. It may not be possible to offer all subjects every year, especially electives.
    • Students may take a mixture of day and evening subjects where available.
    • Subject to availability, students may take selected subjects, even if they do not wish to take the course as a whole.

    Assessment
    Assignments, tests, oral presentations, essays, research projects.

    Career Opportunities
    • Local government
    Traffic and Local Laws Officer, Planning and Environment Control, Administrative Officer, Crime Prevention Officer
    • Police & Law Enforcement Agencies
    Police Officer (State or Federal), Investigator, Loss Prevention Officer
    • Community-based Corrections
    Community Corrections Case Manager, Parole Officer, Prison Officer
    • Legal Services
    Client Support, Administrative/Clerical Officer
    • Courts Services
    Administrative/Clerical Officer, Registrar of Courts/Deputy Registrar
    • Australian Customs
    Customs Officer
    • Criminology
    Research Officer/Analyst

    Further Study
    Graduates may elect to pursue degree level programs in Community Justice related fields.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/RCC
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • And/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course

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