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Diploma of Sustainable Indigenous Communities

Are you working in or with Indigenous communities and organisations?

This fully online course is for people currently working in Indigenous communities and organisations, as well as professionals in other disciplines who wish to increase their knowledge and skills to enable them to work successfully with Indigenous communities and organisations.

The course is for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and provides an appreciation of historical and contemporary perspectives of shared Australia and an Indigenous world view. The course promotes the development of a reciprocally beneficial and respectful partnership to achieve mutual goals and outcomes.

On successful completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills to work in community engagement roles in a range of contexts and environments.

More information about this course

Location: This course is delivered fully online, but includes a community placement component. Students will be required to have internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE online systems. For further information about technological requirements contact

Duration: 1 year full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students must complete 8 subjects and achieve 80 credit points to complete this course. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake: July 2018

Course overview: The Diploma of Sustainable Indigenous Communities is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 5 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

In addition

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their motivation to work in an Indigenous community role or in roles developing sustainable Indigenous communities. The admission application form provides further details about this requirement. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements


Full time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with subject content delivered on-line. As well as engaging with online learning content, students are expected to undertake additional private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to case studies, essays, reports, work based projects, online presentations and tests.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure


Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant community experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Diploma of Sustainable Indigenous Communities. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees*

In 2018 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,100 per 10 credit point subject (a total of $8,800 for the full Diploma). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

Information for international students

This course is not registered with CRICOS and is therefore not available for enrolment by students holding an international student visa.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.