Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion

Postgraduate coursework

Start working in disability sooner or build on your current skills with this online course. Be ready to contribute to more inclusive, accessible communities.

Key facts


1 year part-time


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Start working in disability sooner or build on your current skills and experience with a Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion. Complete your course in just one year, and graduate with a contemporary understanding of disability that prepares you for the exciting roles emerging within the sector.

Are you ready for a rewarding career in disability but not ready to commit to a Masters degree?

Flexible online delivery and a short study duration make this course a popular choice for busy students looking to progress their career, in the disability sector. Study four core units, which are consistent with core units from the Master of Disability and Inclusion, and feel confident about contributing to more inclusive, accessible communities once you graduate.

If, upon successful completion of the course, you want to dive deeper, you have the option to continue your studies by continuing on with the Master of Disability and Inclusion and completing eight more units including a major research project.

The course is deeply connected to people with disability, the disability industry, the organisations that work within it and the communities they serve. Many of our students have lived experience with disability – either their own or that of someone close to them. Our academics are embedded within the field, contributing to research of global significance. And our curriculum is responsive to contemporary international and national developments in disability legislation, policy, research and practice.

The topics you will cover are informed by leading disability theory and practice. In fact, the curriculum has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the contemporary disability sector you will be working in once you graduate. For example, you will gain an expert understanding of what underpins high quality individualised planning – a key feature of the NDIS in Australia, and used internationally to uphold the rights of people with disabilities embedded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (UNCRPD).

Projects are anchored to developments and policies within the sector. You might be challenged to critically analyse recent updates to legislation. You also have the option of basing your assessment tasks on your current practice, weekly context or lived experience. This allows you to apply your skills instantly to the communities and contexts in which you engage.

A highlight of the course is building relationships with your fellow students and the academic team. Students in the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, ensuring your learning experience is vibrant and engaging. Our academic staff are leading nationally and internationally recognised researchers, making them great mentors, as well as teachers. Additionally, our partnerships with key organisations such as the NDIS, and other peak government and non-government disability organisations, as well as our international partners including the United Nations, and key disability researchers and advocates across the globe means the door will be open to professional networks and exciting employment opportunities. A constant connection to people with lived experience of disability makes your study experience richer and highly relevant. It also allows you to see the world through the eyes of a person with a disability, giving you a real and valuable perspective on inclusion.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion

2024 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion students must attain 4 credit points. All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Core units

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience
  • Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course
  • Trimester 2

  • Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability
  • Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online 

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online 

    IMPORTANT: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin online. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions, it is suggested that you apply for a visitor visa to study for a short period in Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a visitor visa by the Australian Government.

    All places offered to International students in this course are offered as off campus students.

    This program includes a compulsory week long on-campus intensive component held at a Deakin University campus. Students are required to obtain a visitor visa to undertake these compulsory intensive classes. Students are unable to apply for a student visa for this course.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.


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

    Participation requirements

    Not applicable

    Work experience

    Not applicable

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
    • completion of a Certificate IV in Disability with at least three years' work experience (or part-time equivalent) in the disability sector

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.


    Career outcomes

    The disability sector in Australia is rapidly expanding and evolving. According to the most recent National Disability Services (NDS) report, *The NDIS will soon have 500,000 participants and, according to some estimates, the disability workforce will need to double in size in the next three years just to keep pace with increasing demand. According to this same report, the disability industry is feeling pressure to secure quality staff in a range of positions.

    As a graduate of this course, you'll be perfectly suited for these positions, which include roles in policy and practice leadership.

    In particular, the course was designed to align with areas of knowledge and skills identified in current disability position descriptions. These include:

    • knowledge of disability systems including disability research, legislation and policy
    • high-level communication skills for working with people with disability and their families
    • self-directed approaches to service planning
    • community-capacity building knowledge and skills.

    In addition to these roles, there are a huge range of areas within the sector you can explore once you graduate, such as:

    • policy and legislation
    • education
    • health and human services
    • community development
    • roles within state and federal government, government agencies, community organisations and disability service providers.


    Professional recognition

    Not applicable

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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 theories of disability and social inclusion, including barriers and enablers to inclusion and the key conceptual models and policy underpinning inclusion of people with disability.


    Communicate on disability and inclusion issues (e.g. barriers, enablers, policies) in an effective and coherent manner being mindful of the target audience.

    Digital literacy

    Apply current technologies and demonstrate digital literacies applicable to disability and inclusion; and utilise a range of digital technologies and sources to find, select, use and disseminate relevant information.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse information drawn from a variety of sources about barriers and enablers to inclusion, disability and inclusion theory, policy and practice.

    Problem solving

    Analyse real-world issues relating to disability and inclusion to assess key barriers, and identify innovative and evidence based effective approaches to enabling inclusion for people with disability.


    Work and learn through independent and self-directed initiatives, reflecting on learning and apply new knowledge and skills in Disability and Inclusion.


    Demonstrate effective teamwork skills to enable inclusion for people with disability.

    Global citizenship

    Recognise and apply ethical approaches to disability research and practice, and show awareness and respect for diversity in line with contemporary human rights obligations.