Degree details

The Graduate Certificate in Disability Inclusion brings the latest knowledge and insights to strengthen people's understanding about the diverse experiences, needs and perspectives of people with disability.

It will be attractive to students already working with, or who wish to work with, people with disability in a range of fields including rehabilitation, human services, disability support, health, and disability/health insurance.

This program promotes the principles of social inclusion, human rights and social justice. It encourages graduates to be innovative, flexible and client-centred in establishing inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities in the era of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Students will explore policy, program, service and practice issues such as the history and purpose of the new NDIS; global and Australian historical and contemporary responses to disability rights; contemporary case-management and person-centred approaches to vocational rehabilitation and client service delivery; and the development of inclusive, cross-cultural, and regional/city strategies to meet the diverse needs of all Australians with disability.

Students may undertake the option of a small research project relating to a more inclusive society and the implementation of the NDIS, thereby playing an active role in clarifying its possibilities.

Graduates will be better prepared for the roll-out of Australia's new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports arising from the scheme.

This Graduate Certificate will equip graduates to work in diverse service-oriented careers including disability advocacy, vocational rehabilitation and employment services, social work and human services, occupational and insurance-based rehabilitation industries, and disability policy and program development.

Higher education

Consideration for admission will be given to those candidates who have:

  • completed a bachelors degree in any discipline; OR

VET studies

  • completed a Certificate IV VET/TAFE qualification in a related discipline AND a minimum of one year full-time professional experience in the disability, rehabilitation or related human services fields; OR

Work and Life

  • completed a minimum of three years full-time professional experience in the disability, rehabilitation or related human services fields and can demonstrate the ability to undertake graduate study through a discussion with the Program Director and provision of curriculum vitae and an employer's reference.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Disability Inclusion (GCertDisIncl), a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 30 credit points for the core courses
  • gain 10 credit points for a listed elective.