Course summary

Looking for a career where you can make a difference to people's lives everyday? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a government-funded scheme that offers individual packages of care to people with disability and their carers, has revolutionised the way services are provided – and you could be part of that change.

People with specialist knowledge in disability services are in increasing demand across Australia since the launch of the NDIS. The Graduate Diploma in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is designed to reflect the principles of the Scheme, with a focus on person-centred service provision.

The course is ideal for professionals who wish to expand their career opportunities by developing greater knowledge and expertise in the delivery of services to people with disability, whether in a service, management or policy role.

An elective professional portfolio unit allows you to develop your ideas for service delivery in a project format.

Contemporary issues in person-centred service provision, policy, and advocacy. Core units cover organisational change, supporting decision-making, positive behaviour change and supporting the social and economic participation of people with disability. Electives include units on autism spectrum disorder, advocacy, mental health and the option to complete a professional portfolio.

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.

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Domestic duration

16 months part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


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

Domestic fees

Fee paying

Course requirements

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

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:

  • all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
  • four (4) units from Part B.

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, has successfully completed four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising all units from Part A of the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities following withdrawal from the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.