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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance

Good humanitarian action is intended to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity before during and after disasters and conflict. This is informed by principles of Humanity; Impartiality; Neutrality and Independence.

Effective humanitarianism involves quality preparedness and delivery of aid, working with affected communities and populations, their representatives, and other stakeholders, to ensure their identified needs are met. The increasing complexity of humanitarian contexts requires an agile approach focussed on locally-led action where possible and global engagement where required. Studying at Deakin will provide you with an introduction to the skills, knowledge, understanding, and capability to be an effective worker in this dynamic and evolving system.

Campus Information

Burwood

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Offer outcome
7 Days
Visa application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance will improve your understanding of the humanitarian system and provide an opportunity for potential employment in the humanitarian system. Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding, including in related areas, such as teaching, training, organization, and community capacity building, disaster risk reduction assessment and programming, consulting enterprises, journalism and communications, project management and community development.

Opportunities are available in government and non-government agencies concerned with the provision of all aspects of emergency and humanitarian action including service provision, logistical support, communications, program management, and support, community engagement and support, funding, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor degree or higher
  • Two years of relevant work experience
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Work experience

  • Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.