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 every day.

With its blend of 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.

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.

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.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

8 months full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 2 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Online 3 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising all core units.