Diploma of Business Administration
Many skills, many industries, many careers. Kick start your future with the Diploma of Business Administration. Study in our simulated business environment, unique to RMIT.
You will develop skills for the future work environment, skills such as:
- How to operate in a digital office
- How to work with others in virtual teams
You will apply work skills, supported by experienced, caring teachers and engaging industry partners.
The Diploma of Business Administration embodies RMIT’s motto ‘A skilled hand, a cultivated mind’ and is designed to help you develop:
- connections around the university,
- job ready skills
- pathways to future learning.
The Diploma of Business Administration is socially aligned to RMIT’s vision for graduates to be work ready; innovative and environmentally aware.
Plan and host an environmental and social responsibility themed conference event with other students. You’ll get a buzz from inclusive, work integrated learning.
After you’ve practised basic skills, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a part-time placement position in a real organisation, or undertake a workplace project - an integral part of the program - to put your skills to work.
Add some real administration experience to your resume.
Start the future now and we will help you make it happen!
Most of your learning and teaching activities will be held in the Swanston Academic Building. RMIT's Swanston Academic Building features wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources, interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and other innovative learning spaces as well as retail and social spaces.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and group work.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account. Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes reports, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments. To maximise success in this program, all applicants are expected to have above-average IT knowledge and skills.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency.
- undertaking a work-integrated learning project for a real business
- gaining experience in a work environment by undertaking a practical work placement. Placements usually commence in February or July and normally involve a two-day placement in a workplace across 1 to 15 weeks of the second semester.
- planning and managing a real conference to demonstrate your organisational skills, ability to manage effective business meetings and work in a team.
- Using a simulated business environment (Practice Firm) to perform work that mirrors real-world roles and responsibilities.
RMIT has a long-standing relationship with Formfile: Australia’s leading provider of Records Management Solutions. Through this partnership:
- business administration students are taught industry best practice for the records management discipline
- work placement are offered by Formfile
- Formfile acts as a business partner and mentor for the Practice Firm.
Formfile Digital Office
The digital office project is a dynamic way to assess our students for competence at a current industry standard. There are five key stakeholders: RMIT University, Formfile, ELO Enterprise 9 Software, Kodak and The Practice Firm.
You will learn in a simulated business environment and design an administration system in consultation with Formfile, who provide the standard for best practice modelling and consultation. Kodak equipment is then used to scan documents. Students upload their designs for various administration systems to ELO. Handling paper-based and electronic documents gives you a dynamic experience and a real understanding of what to expect when you graduate and work in industry. The next phase of the digital office experience requires students to work on a project brief from the Public Records Office Victoria which involves digital archiving.
If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.
You will study five core and three elective courses designed to develop your skills in complex administrative practices and improve workplace efficiency.
Topics covered include:
- conference planning and management
- planning and implementing administrative systems and documents
- developing and managing business documents
- project work
- leading and managing teams
- time management and professional development
Choose a program structure
Program code: C5375
National curriculum code: BSB50415
Plan: C5375 - Diploma of Business Administration
Campus: City Campus
Graduates will be ready to improve workplace efficiency, use information systems, deliver reliable office management or assist professionals, managers and executives by providing a range of administrative and clerical services.
Diploma graduates, with industry experience typically work as:
- administrative coordinators
- personal assistants
- office supervisors/managers
- personal administrators
Current Year 12: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or the Australian Senior VCAL Certificate.
This program does not select on ATAR.
Non Year 12: Completion of post-secondary studies; or at least 6 months’ work experience.
Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Business Administration can apply for exemptions from these programs, subject to meeting each program's entry requirements:
- Associate Degree in Business
- Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
- Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance)
- Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) (Applied)
- Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship)
- Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)
- Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)/Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
- Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
- Bachelor of Business (Information Systems)
- Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) (Applied)
- Bachelor of Business (International Business)
- Bachelor of Business (International Business) (Applied)
- Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
- Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) (Applied)
- Bachelor of Business (Management)
- Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
- Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied)
- Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy)
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$7,750* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$9,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your VET Student Loans 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 will 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.
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 2019 is $303.
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.