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Diploma of Sustainability

Complete your study in 6, 12 or 18 months. Study face to face in the classroom or online with optional value-add workshops at the Hawthorn campus.

About the course

About the course

The Diploma of Sustainability is offered by the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University of Technology.

Four core units are offered as part of a DUAL qualification or one that can follow on from any other completed course. You can also undertake the 4 core units of the Diploma of Sustainability without completing another qualification.

This course can be studied concurrently with a Swinburne student's substantive Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree or higher qualification.

Key features of this course:

  • units of study
  • flexible study options: can be completed in 6 months, one year or two years
  • no text books required
  • field trips offered

For further information on campus availability, study mode and intakes visit the official Diploma of Sustainability course page


Units of study

As part of a dual qualification, this diploma comprises of only four core units of study:

VU20302 Apply basic concepts of sustainability to own, or local, practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a working knowledge of the key sustainability concepts, tools and practices to environmental, economic and social challenges within own sphere of influence and/or practice.
This unit will enable you to demonstrate your awareness of the concept of sustainability andapply it to a challenge within your field of study.

VU20303 Develop and implement a program to support behaviour change for a sustainability initiative
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan for, and implement, a sustainability practices initiative addressing behaviour change for an individual, organisational and/or community context. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design, lead and facilitate behaviour change.

VU20304 Develop business plan for sustainable business practice
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine the advantages for businesses and organisation to align with sustainability practices and to develop business plans for sustainable business practice with a long term view to the economic, environmental and social impacts and outcomes of the organisation. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage stakeholder support for the plan.

VU20305 Research and apply principles of sustainable production and consumption
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore the social, environmental and economic impact of production and consumption interrelationships, methods and choices with a particular emphasis on any global implications of local production and consumption. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use key tools, processes and practices for sustainable production and consumption. http://www.swinburne.edu.au/images/button_top.gif


About the course

Other citizens or permanent residents can study the Diploma of Sustainability under the following criteria:

  • You have completed a diploma or higher qualification or have relevant related work experience. You will be required to provide evidence of your existing diploma/ higher qualification or relevant related work experience as part of your application before being accepted in the program.
  • You have an interest in sustainability and do not have a diploma or higher qualification.You cannot gain the full Diploma of Sustainability, however you can still study the 4 core units and be issued with a Statement of Attainment on completion.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through learning achieved outside the formal education and training system and includes work and life experience including paid and volunteer work and skills attained through leisure pursuits such as musical, mechanical or linguistic abilities.

RPL recognises any prior knowledge and experience and measures it against the qualification in which students are enrolled. An individual may be granted RPL for part or all of a course if they already have some or all of the competencies taught in the course.

RPL is available for students enrolled in the Diploma of Sustainability. For further information about RPL please view http://www.future.swinburne.edu.au/pathways/rpl/ and contact the National Centre for Sustainability.


Benefits and Opportunities

Sustainability is increasingly becoming an important business objective for both government, large corporations and small business across all industry sectors. In recent times, there has been strong growth in compliance and in job descriptions that specifically address sustainability issues. Most growth opportunities exist through applying sustainability concepts to traditional disciplines. From business management, engineering, product design and manufacturing, event management, hospitality and tourism, right through to building and construction, finance and information technology; employers are recognising the business benefits of operating in ways that deliver sustainable outcomes for people and the environment.

This course aims at developing the skills and knowledge of both students and professionals seeking a foundation in sustainability. Candidates may be looking to integrate a sustainability lens into their existing roles or be looking to transition into a sustainability related career.

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Application and enrolment procedure

For more information download the Course Brochure and then visit the official course page, or contact Swinburne on 1300 275 794 or complete an online enquiry form.