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Course code: HE20517

Locations: This course is delivered fully online

Duration: 1 year full time or part time equivalent

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

Next intake:

  • Classes commence 13 February 2023
  • First round applications close 25 November 2022
  • Late applications will be accepted until 27 January 2023 subject to availability of places.

At a glance:

  • 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.


Finalist in the 2019 Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Green Gown Awards Australasia recognising TAFE NSW commitment to our local, national and global community in working toward a more sustainable future and our best-practice in the tertiary education sector.

To be eligible for admission into the Diploma of Sustainable Practice you must have at least ONE of the following entry requirements:

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

Please note:

  • You do NOT require an ATAR for entry into this course
  • 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

Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page*.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE International website.

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.

If you have extensive relevant and current industry experience or you’ve recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemptions from similar subjects in the Diploma of Sustainable Practice.

Courses for which recognition will be granted include, but are not limited to, diploma or higher qualifications in sustainability, environmental studies, permaculture and organic farming.

Talk to your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

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.

You are required to have internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE NSW online systems.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to practical exercises, case studies, written reports, research reports, field work exercises and examinations.


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

You might be interested in starting out with a higher education short course first.

These short courses are undergraduate certificates, designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities, or to count towards completing the diploma or bachelor course.

As a fully online course, this course is not available for enrolment by international students studying on a student visa.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information 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.

Industry Connections

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

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Sustainable practices are an exciting and growing movement in business, government and social enterprises aimed at reducing environmental risk. Sustainable practices not only add value to an organisation, they ensure we're designing, innovating and finding opportunities to live sustainably in our shared world.

The TAFE NSW Diploma of Sustainable Practice will ensure you are able to identify areas ripe for improvement in any organisation and engage successfully with stakeholders to bring about positive and lasting change. You will have the knowledge and skills to make real, meaningful and lasting change for a better future for any organisation, as well as influencing environmental sustainability in the broader shared context.

You will have opportunities in a wide variety of roles involved in implementing sustainable business practices and sustainability management in an organisation. Role titles might include Sustainability Officer; Sustainability Manager; Sustainability Co-ordinator; Sustainability Consultant; Sustainability Specialist; Sustainability Engagement Officer; Climate Impact Consultant; Energy Officer; Climate and Nature Coordinator; Community Organiser; Waste Education Officer; and many more.

Anyone who want to confidently explain to others why sustainability is an important consideration for the workplace and community, and then have the ability to take strategic action towards improving environmental, social, and economic outcomes in an organisation. As an umbrella industry, sustainability professionals come from diverse backgrounds, but what unites them is a drive to be a change agent for a better future.

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Leonie Rout

Leonie Rout

Diploma of Sustainable Practice student

“Studying this course has been an amazing experience and has given me a purpose for the future. It's practical, the teachers are full of wisdom and knowledge.”

“Sustainability can be applied to any workplace and even your own life. Once you put the ‘sustainability glasses’ on, it's hard to take them off, and it will change you for the better.”

“This is by far the best course I have studied.”

Degrees - Sustainable Practice - Testimonial - Zach Whittaker

Zach Whittaker

Zach Whittaker

Diploma of Sustainable Practice student

“Studying the Diploma of Sustainable Practice was the start of a very exciting and life-changing journey.”

“Like many others, I had become uncomfortable with the state of the environment and global business ethics. Instead of becoming apathetic, I chose to turn to education.”

“The Diploma of Sustainable Practice gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead my own behavioural change project. I was able to apply various learned frameworks and theories to design a program that saved thousands of plastic bottles a week, while providing funding for a local charity.”

“The Diploma of Sustainable Practice further paved the way for me to undertake university study, while linking me in with a likeminded and passionate community of sustainability professionals.”

“Not only has my entire worldview changed since completing the Diploma of Sustainable Practice, I have become incredibly inspired and driven to becoming a life-long learner, driven by a renewed purpose.”

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