DurationPart-time 1 year, Full-time 6 months
AU$12,480 (2022 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
The Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family violence has been designed to prepare both new graduates and experienced practitioners for a rewarding career in the domestic and family violence sector.
Practitioners and students in sectors including community services, youth and social work, mental health, education, alcohol and drugs, housing and homelessness, local and state government, criminal justice, criminology, and psychology will benefit from this certificate's practical and theoretical content.
Taught by leading policy academics and professionals, this graduate certificate combines studies in gendered violence, responding to family violence, preventing violence against women, and more. To help you prepare to take on a role in this important field, you’ll choose from specialisations in case management practice, primary prevention, policy advocacy or research and course evaluation. You'll explore the latest debates, issues, and approaches to domestic and family violence response, prevention, policy and management.
Graduates will be ready for employment in both responding to family violence and in the prevention of violence against women. This may include family violence intake, outreach, prevention course design and implementation, as well as roles as policymakers, advocates, and managers in government, and non-government organisations.
Graduates will meet the minimum mandatory requirement to work within family violence. They will also be able to respond to the prevention of violence against women and may find employment within family violence intake, outreach, prevention course design and implementation, as well as roles as policymakers, advocates, and managers in government, and non-government organisations.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches. This certificate is designed for flexible delivery to meet the needs of students and practitioners who may be working full- or part-time. Topics in this curriculum will comprise of face-to-face workshops as well as online coursework and participation.
You will have access to online and digital resources like RMIT's Learning Hub and the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes tests, essays, reports, presentations, research projects, and practical assignments.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence has been developed in consultation with sector professionals to deliver real-world practice knowledge into the learning content online and in applied, skill-based workshops.
The certificate is overseen by an expert Industry Advisory Committee, with representation from the family violence response and prevention sectors, and both government and non-government agencies and direct services. The committee provides ongoing feedback to ensure this graduate certificate continues to align with the recruitment needs of the Victorian family violence sector.
One RMIT industry partner consulted in the development of the curriculum is the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV). CEO Emily McGuire says the graduate certificate reflects the changing needs of the workforce.
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0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
0.5 years full-time
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Program code: GC164
After successful completion of this graduate certificate, your career prospects include roles in:
- family violence intake, response and/or case management
- preventing violence against women
- family violence policy, advocacy and/or research
Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for welfare support workers are set to increase by 22.7% to 2024. Job Outlook also estimates that the most common annual salary for a case manager in Australia is between $65,000 and $75,000.
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline
undertaken significant work experience or professional practice.
As a guide, significant work experience would generally be a minimum of five years of professional work experience in Australian domestic and/or family violence services, or an allied human and/or community services sector.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
If you are applying on the basis of work experience, you must include with your application:
- A curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A statement that details your experience.
To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce your study load by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2022 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$12,480.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2022 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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