English language requirements
All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.
1 year full time (2 years part time) - 8 credit points
Note: The Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance is offered to international students studying in Australia in combination with the Master of Humanitarian Assistance for a total duration of 2 years.
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Good humanitarian action is intended to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity before during and after disasters and conflict. This is informed by principles of Humanity; Impartiality; Neutrality and Independence.
Effective humanitarianism involves quality preparedness and delivery of aid, working with affected communities and populations, their representatives and other stakeholders, to ensure their identified needs are met. Increasing complexity of humanitarian contexts requires an agile approach focussed on locally led action where possible and global engagement where required. Studying at Deakin will provide you with an introduction to the skills, knowledge, understanding and capability to be an effective worker in this dynamic and evolving system.Read More
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- 2 credit points of core units
- Any 6 credit points of humanitarian (AHA) or identified ADH or AIR coded units from Course Electives List A
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Course Electives List A
Any 6 Humanitarian (AHA) or ADH or AIR coded units selected from:
AHA723 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management (No longer available for enrolment)
ADH703 Evidence and Decision Making in Humanitarian Action (No longer available for enrolment)
2022 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Admission is based on:
- Bachelor degree or higher
- Two years relevant work experience
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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.
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance will enable enrolment in the Master of Humanitarian Assistance.
The Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance will improve your understanding of the humanitarian system and provide an opportunity for potential employment in the humanitarian system. Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding, including in related areas, such as teaching, training, organisation and community capacity building, disaster risk reduction assessment and programming, consulting enterprises, journalism and communications, project management and community development. Opportunities are available in government and non-government agencies concerned with the provision of all aspects of emergency and humanitarian action including service provision, logistical support, communications, program management and support, community engagement and support, funding, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
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.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Apply specialised knowledge of the historical development of humanitarianism and relate this knowledge to the humanitarian contexts, through analysing current and future sector-wide trends and applying learning, sector standards and strategies to a range of complex national and international situations.|
|Communicate the theories and practices of humanitarian action and influence and engage a diverse variety of stakeholders to effect change.|
|Select and apply communication technologies to conduct and critically analyse research, communicate findings and other information and build relationships to engage a diverse group of stakeholders.|
|Review and critically analyse current local and political aid environments, synthesise knowledge from a variety of stakeholders and critically reflect on current and future humanitarian trends to propose solutions and prioritise actions.|
|Use creative and critical thinking and high level professional judgement to identify resources, to engage stakeholders, and to plan and evaluate a range of solutions and responses to complex humanitarian problems.|
Engage in critical self-reflection through independent learning, commitment to continuing professional development and through receiving feedback.
|Not explicitly assessed|
|Apply humanitarian principles and values, and actively engage in humanitarian operations across a variety of contexts taking into consideration cultural, social, political, economic, environmental and ethical issues.|
Approved by Faculty Board October 2018