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The program is designed to accelerate career development and encourage dialogue across disciplines among water planners. By taking a multidisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach, it builds the capacity of future leaders in water planning for adopting innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water planning issues. The program focuses on building skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, knowledge transfer and effective leadership.

Receive a degree from leading universities

Students enrol at Griffith University and upon graduation receive a co-badged qualification from all four founding member universities. 

A team of lecturers and industry experts in the field deliver the course modules and Problem-Based Learning Projects.

Continue on to Diploma and Masters

Students can build on the Graduate Certificate by continuing on to the Graduate Diploma and Master of Integrated Water Management.

Problem-Based Learning Projects (PBL)

The team and individual projects that students undertake are a unique feature of the program. In PBL 1 students assess and communicate the scientific basis of biophysical climate change impacts on a water resources situation. In PBL 2 students critically develop a community engagement and participation approach to addressing climate change impacts on water resources.

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Program delivery

The part-time Graduate Certificate program runs for one year (two semesters) and students undertake two course modules and one Problem-Based Learning Project per semester. The program starts in Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) each year.

Each semester students have an intensive session, supplemented with regular electronic classroom sessions.

Course modules

Modules address a range of issues relevant to practising Australian water managers and planners. Case studies from around Australia are used to address the impacts of climate change and equip students with the skills and tools necessary for the development and implementation of sustainable solutions. 

A unique aspect of the course is the Problem-Based Learning Projects, in which students apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to complex and demanding real-world problems.


The International WaterCentre will be offering partial tuition scholarships ($2,000) for students who enrol in the IWC Graduate Certificate in Water Planning for 2016.

The program tuition fees are available on Griffith University website.

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