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Start datesTrimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022)Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022)
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Program Code40019

Program handbook


The Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction has forever altered the way in which organisations in civil society regard issues of hazard and vulnerability, and then consequently deal with risk. This program provides its graduates with a basic grounding in all of the essential elements required to manage the disaster risk reduction process within the following sectors: government organisations, private enterprise, non-government organisations, and not-for-profit organisations. It achieves this by exposing students to fundamental disaster risk reduction concepts and training in the use of the most widely adopted disaster risk reduction tools and protocols in use around the world.

Graduates of this program should be capable of conducting disaster risk evaluations and guiding the subsequent development of disaster risk mitigation and management strategies for the organisations for which they work.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Applied a range of analytical and problem-solving skills to deal with issues in the practice of disaster risk reduction
  • Analysed legislative policy and procedural influences upon disaster risk reduction actions in the context of public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.
  • Developed resilient organisational strategies in the context of disaster risk reduction.


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Program code40019
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 0.5 years full-time.
Term typeTrimesters
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code090807D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate.

Note: Organisations of all types within civil society have the potential to be negatively impacted by disasters. The appropriateness of this program to potential students is therefore in large part determined by their role within those organisations (i.e. the extent to which they are, or are intended to become, responsible for its disaster risk reduction activities) rather than the nature or level of their prior qualifications (which will be assumed to be vocationally relevant to the organisation for which they work, and therefore be used to determine their educational eligibility for admission).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Professional recognition

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

This program is certified by the Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (CIFAL) Newcastle, in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

This program consists of four core courses, none of which have any pre-requisites. They can therefore be taken in any order without detriment to progress.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional Documents" section, in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Central.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ARBE6601Theory and Practice of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6607Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6608Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
ARBE6614Professional Practice in Disaster Risk Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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