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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is designed for support workers and others employed by organizations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and students interested in the field of disability management. Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management and NDIS business management. In addition, students will complete an in-depth study of disability management, addressing either one or all of the selected areas (i.e. clinical, business issues) and will be required to present a major report together with 120 hours of supervised professional activity which will be undertaken through the unit WORK500. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and support arising from the scheme.


  • Feb
  • June

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

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

Graduates will be qualified for employment in organisations providing disability services.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

For candidates shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice from UNE; or
  • (b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
  • (c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least one year of full-time equivalent experience in an area of service provision**.

Applicants admitted under Rules (b) and (c) must submit a Statement of Service from their employer.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

or other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

** Service provision can refer to any aspect of the provision of services to people with or without disability and will be determined by the course coordinator.