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Entry requirements


Costs and financial assistance

Important dates

Student interview


Which university will I be located at?

The program is hosted at Griffith University. It is taught by leading academics from Griffith University, The University of Queensland and IWC, and by leading Australian water planning practitioners drawn from government, industry and community organisations. The degree certificate (testamur) bears the logos of all four IWC member universities.

What are the objectives of the program?

The main objective of the Graduate Certificate in Water Planning is to develop future water leaders who:

  • Understand the principles and practice of integrated water management
  • Learn practical skills for better collaboration with communities, indigenous and cross-cultural engagement, conflict management, consensus building, and science communication
  • Learn different methods used in environmental, social and risk assessment and how to apply them in real-life scenarios
  • Understand the science behind aquatic ecosystem health, and how to incorporate this understanding into water resource planning and management
  • Gain a broad introduction to water resource economics and economic assessment methods relating to water management and planning
  • Be able to provide detailed scientific and managerial input into the planning, design and operation of water resource projects
  • Learn to apply best practice water planning in Australia

Is this program a technical or management degree?

IWC programs in integrated water management are not wholly technical degrees. They focus on developing management skills and critical thinking across disciplines, using integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to water management. They are specifically targeted towards mid-career water professionals who would like to advance to higher level management positions. 

The programs are premised on the notion that water managers must move away from the purely technical, and must attempt a greater coordination of science and engineering disciplines and better engagement with social science, policy, law and economic disciplines if sustainable water management is to be achieved.

What forms of the program are offered?

The Water Planning program is a Graduate Certificate. After completing this program students may choose to continue on to complete the IWC Graduate Diploma or Master of Integrated Water Management.

How are IWC programs different from other programs?

IWC programs take a ‘whole-of-water cycle’ approach which acknowledges the inter-connectedness of water in the landscape and in human and natural systems.

Modules are taught by interdisciplinary teaching teams to ensure that students develop a diverse skill set. Students learn how to coordinate the management of physical resources and the human systems dependent on these resources through strategic planning, policy making and multi-stakeholder decision making processes.

Delivery method

The program uses a unique combination of face-to-face intensives and follow-up e-learning. Through field trips, workshops and problem-based learning projects, students explore and put into practice material learnt in class, transforming theory into solid experience in real-world situations.

How long does the Graduate Certificate take?

The IWC Graduate Certificate in Water Planning takes two semesters part-time, at two modules per semester .


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