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Course summary

Since the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013, there has been a growing demand for people specialising in disability services. Here is your chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

Blending empathy, expertise and individual care, our Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities reflects the core values of the NDIS.

As we nurture your passion to help the people in society who are most in need, your study can also serve as a pathway to a new and positive direction in your own professional life.

This course suits health industry professionals looking to expand their knowledge and proficiency in the delivery of services to people challenged by disability.

It is also a pathway to further study in this interesting and expanding field with the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

DurationLocationStudy Period

8mths P

Online2, 3, 4, 5
DurationLocationStudy Period

8mths P

Online3, 4, 5

The course was developed in consultation with industry leaders, in response to the pressing needs of the sector. It comprises four core units covering organisational change and supported decision-making, as well as supporting social and economic participation of people with disability and positive behaviour change.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical and analytical thinking and judgement in researching and addressing the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disability and relevant theories, models and frames of reference.


Apply knowledge and skills creatively in addressing social, institutional and relationship barriers to the full inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disability.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate well developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in scholarly and professional contexts in order to protect and defend the dignity, respect and regard of people with intellectual and developmental disability.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in order to provide person centred leadership.

Lifelong learning

Critically reflect on, assess and regulate one’s own learning and research capabilities and performance in order to ensure accountability in all decision making processes.

Communication and social skills

Effectively communicate understanding of theoretical concepts complex knowledge and ideas in order to inform and enhance supports and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disability.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural and Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and values impacting on the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disability.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities exist in disability services as support workers or service providers under the NDIS; or in policy and advocacy roles. Graduates will accumulate credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities should they wish to pursue further study.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'