What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is designed for support workers and others employed by organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and students interested in the field of disability management. Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management and NDIS business management. In addition, students will complete an in-depth study of disability management, addressing either one or all of the selected areas (i.e. clinical, business issues) and will be required to present a major report together with 120 hours of supervised professional activity which will be undertaken through the unit WORK500. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports arising from the scheme.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue further study in order to focus on one aspect of service-delivery and management of people with disabilities or to cover a mix of all aspects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified for employment in organisations providing disability services.

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is designed for employees in organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and those interested in the field of disability management. It will enable students to enhance their competencies in areas critical to the delivery of disability services. The course will produce graduates with a specialised knowledge of disability management including clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the delivery of disability services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate through their own study and practice, advanced knowledge of disability management including: clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the broad context of health, family, and community services, in order to be an effective clinical practitioner and business manager;
  • utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools, and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders;
  • exhibit an established ability to use creativity and judgement in analysing problems and to work independently and collaboratively with others to generate solutions to problems;
  • apply advanced skills and judgement in utilising information drawn from a range of sources;
  • demonstrate and apply an advanced ability to critically evaluate and formulate responses to social, cultural and ethical issues that emerge in disability management; and
  • practise preparedness to pursue a specialised knowledge and understanding to enhance professional skills.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law

Study options

Online/Distance (Up to 4 years Part-time)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 22,398) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 March 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for admission into UNE postgraduate programs you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) bachelor degree. English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic overall score of at least 6.0, with no sub-band less than 5.5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test OR at least 79 in the internet-based test. You must receive a rating of no less than 22 in the written component. A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Disability from UNE; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least one year of full-time equivalent experience in an area of service provision.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Health

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The average starting salary for students after graduation from the University of New England is AUD 75,000 (The Good Universities Guide 2020).

  • Based in Armidale and Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale