Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion



Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion equips students with the academic knowledge they need to pursue professional work in the disability, health, and community sectors.

The course will help you to form a distinctive and contemporary understanding of disability. Drawing on research informed by disability and inclusion theory and practice, the Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion also gives you the opportunity to learn from the lived experience of people with disability.

This graduate diploma comprises seven core single credit point units and one selective single credit point unit, and is designed to meet specialist education and training needs in the disability, human service and community workforce both locally and nationally. Graduates of this course are ideally placed to take advantage of the growth opportunities in these sectors as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out across Australia in 2016.

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Key facts


2 years part time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion


2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

Available fee rates can be found at

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$24,960 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Applicants require successful completion of an undergraduate degree (from any discipline), or Certificate IV in Disability with at least three years experience in the disability sector.

Students need to supply the following documents:

  • Certified copies of transcripts of Undergraduate degree or Certificate IV in Disability
  • Personal Statement outlining reasons for undertaking the course
  • Resume

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion is designed to meet specialist education and training needs in the disability, human service and community workforce locally and nationally, in particular in relation to the national roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia from 2016.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply advanced knowledge and skills in the area of Disability and Inclusion that includes evidence based theoretical approaches to policy, participation and social inclusion of people with Disabilities.


Communicate on disability and inclusion issues in an effective and coherent manner, mindful of the target audience using a range of modes.

Digital Literacy

Use digital technologies to source, use and disseminate ideas and information relevant to Disability and Inclusion to a range of audiences including people with disability.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse and evaluate evidence based policy and practice that create barriers and enablers to inclusion of people with disability.

Problem Solving

Apply advanced cognitive and creative skills to find solutions to complex real world problems experienced by people with disability.


Work and learn about disability and inclusion demonstrating a high level of personal responsibility, autonomy and professional judgement.


Contribute to the productive functioning of a multi-skilled team and build constructive relationships in learning and working with people with disability.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate a high level of awareness and respect for diversity in line with contemporary human rights obligations and recognise and apply a strong ethical approach to disability research and practice.


Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion students must attain 8 credit points. Seven 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory) and choose 1 selective unit.

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Faculty contact information

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777


As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 8-10 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Fee information

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Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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