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Diploma of Sustainable Practice

Make your mark as a change agent!

The Diploma of Sustainable Practice is a fully online course aimed at people who work, or are planning to work, in roles that incorporate sustainability into the core business of their organisation.

The course responds to the demand for people with broad knowledge and skills in sustainability practice, and the trend for all sectors of our economy and community to better participate in a rapidly changing economy and regulatory environment.

The course also assists graduates to gain or maintain professional certification with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).

Students will complete eight subjects which cover the three key areas of knowledge essential for effective sustainability practitioners: i) sustainability in context; ii) sustainability systems; and iii) sustainability in action.

The course uses a project based learning approach which allows students to engage with workplace scenarios relevant to their work environment.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20517

Location: This course is delivered fully online

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: February 2019

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

Graduates will be equipped to work in roles such as sustainability officer or sustainability manager in the business, government and community sectors .

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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

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

Study pattern

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

Students will be required to have internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE online systems.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 2 to 3 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to, work based projects, reports, online presentations, vodcasts and forum posts.


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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Diploma of Sustainable Practice. 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 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,020 per subject (a total of $8,160 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. Offshore students are eligible to apply for entry into this course and should contact the course coordinator.


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.

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