Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Face to Face, Online
0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.
0.5 years full-time.
Face to Face, Online
This program is delivered through CIFAL Newcastle, a United Nations training centre with a focus on disaster resilience and sustainable development, which is hosted at the University of Newcastle. The United Nations has partnered with the University to develop the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction. The program provides graduates with the knowledge to manage the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) process across all sectors of society.
If you work in a role that relates to risk assessment and management and business continuity, or if you are considering this as a career path, then the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction is relevant to you. All industries are impacted by disasters and must implement strategies to manage risk, speed up recovery and improve resilience. Even if you are experienced in this field, this program can increase your professional capacity in relation to the latest Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practices.
Students of the program engage fundamental disaster risk concepts, and receive training in the use of the most globally adopted DRR tools and protocols, some of these through direct engagement with UNITAR and UNISDR resources. UNISDR is the UN agency with responsibility to foster the change needed to meet the recommendations of the Sendai framework.
This program recognises prior learning. Admission is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.
The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.
Number of years relevant industry experience
Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in a related field of study
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
The University of Newcastle has entered into a strategic relationship with UNITAR, and now hosts CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre with a special focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR). As a result of this partnership, University of Newcastle graduates will be well positioned to move into organisations who require experts to specialise in, or have knowledge of DRR.
Government organisations, private enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and not-for-profit will all require such professionals, as the Sendai framework begins to generate changes in practice. Risk-related industries such as insurance, will also require a strong knowledge of DRR of their professionals.
This qualification has wide appeal, and is suitable for those pursuing a career where they are responsible for business continuity and human safety such as a: