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Graduate Certificate of NDIS Studies

Graduate Certificate of NDIS Studies (GCDS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 1 year part-time
  • Jan, May, Sep


  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to people with disability in Australia to exercise choice and control over the support they receive. The Scheme is designed to increase opportunities, as well as social and economic participation of people with disabilities. Are you interested in understanding how you can assist NDIS participants to explore and benefit from this revolution in social policy? 
  • At UniSQ, this degree is delivered completely online and via part-time study only, meaning you can balance life’s other commitments. Unlike other NDIS-related qualifications, the UniSQ Graduate Certificate of NDIS Studies ensures the experiences, voices, and perspectives of people with disability are at the core of your learning.  
  • Throughout the 4 courses, you will develop skills to explore, co-design and collaborate alongside people with disability, as they are empowered to confidently self-direct their own NDIS packages. You will examine how disability is constructed in contemporary society and gain an in-depth understanding of NDIS, its stakeholders, strengths, and challenges through the eyes and experiences of people with disabilities. 
  • Explore the delicate balance between meeting service provider obligations and maintaining quality standards without compromising the rights and autonomy of people with disability. 
  • Supported by experienced academics, industry professionals and advocates for equity, you will gain a thorough understanding of the NDIS and its historical and contemporary context, equipping you with frameworks to co-design solutions and challenge outdated practices. 

Career outcomes

  • With strong employment prospects in the NDIS and disability sector, this qualification is designed for professionals with an interest in rethinking how disability care and support has been traditionally provided.  
  • Prospective students and their related careers may include: working in the NDIS and desiring additional expertise including leadership roles; wanting to upskill existing with NDIS-related specialised knowledge, seeking to change existing service infrastructure; or contemplating a transition into the NDIS landscape. 
  • This degree will diversify the skillsets of a range of different professionals including allied health professionals, social workers, human services professionals, psychologists, educators and lawyers but also NDIS support and services employees who hold undergraduate qualifications. 

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, and a minimum of 2 years' full-time relevant professional work experience in a related field at supervisory or equivalent level.

If you've completed a 3-year bachelor degree but do not have the minimum of 2 years' professional work experience you may apply for entry and be assessed on a case by case basis.


UniSQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 13320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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