National Priority Short Courses

Get a significant discount on your course fees.

If you’re looking to upskill, retrain or change your path, now’s the time. Swinburne, through the federal government’s higher education relief package, is offering some short online courses at a discounted rate.

The selected certificates will prepare you for a career in sectors where there’s an expected skills shortage. They also capitalise on Swinburne’s strengths in preparing business and society for the technological changes taking place as part of the Industry 4.0 and Society 4.0 revolution.

Professor Duncan Bentley

This is a unique opportunity for the workforce to learn new skills and fulfil passions at a significantly reduced cost. These qualifications will help workers to expand into areas of demand in the new economy on the other side of COVID-19.

Professor Duncan Bentley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

What courses are available?


Standard Commonwealth Supported Place fee

National Priority Short Course discounted course fee


Graduate Certificate of Management (Workplace Transformation)



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Undergraduate Certificate of Information and Communication Technology



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Coming soon

Check back soon, we’re working on making more courses available, including new graduate certificate options.

How does it work?

If you’re interested in these courses and the discount on offer, you’ll need to apply and meet the entry requirements for the full course. The discount is available on all units completed before 1 December 2020.

If you exit the courses above after two units, you will be awarded a Swinburne professional certificate. 

When you’re done, you’ll be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (aka course credit!) and can move on to further study, or into your career.

Here’s how you’ll do it:

  1. Apply now.
  2. Complete two units by the end of 2020.
  3. Exit with a professional certificate.
  4. Move on to further study (with credit), with a Commonwealth supported place, or into your career.


Thanks for the discount, but why?

The main reason is to assist workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis, but anyone is eligible if they meet the entry requirements for the course. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis to eligible students.

How do I make sure I’m enrolled with a discounted fee?

To access the discounted fees, students must enrol in a qualification recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework. At Swinburne, that means a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or bachelor degree.  We are offering graduate certificates to students because they are shorter qualifications, which can be completed in six months. Keep an eye out for new courses in this program.

What if I only complete one, two or three units?

If you enrol in one of the courses above, you can choose to complete your studies after the first two units and exit with a professional certificate. When you complete just one unit, you’ll be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (but not a professional certificate). When you complete three units you’ll get both a professional certificate and Recognition of Prior Learning. For one, two, or three units completed you will pay the corresponding discounted fee.

What is a professional certificate?

Professional certificates are a good way for you to skill up quickly and start your education journey at a discount. Professional certificates are generally the first two units of a course and give you a strong introduction to your area of interest. If you want to continue your course, you’ll have these units under your belt.

Can I enrol in a professional certificate?

Not exactly. The federal government is providing discounts for students who are enrolled in qualifications recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework. This means, to ensure you receive the discounted course fee, you need to enrol in at least a graduate certificate level qualification. If you only complete the first two units, Swinburne is ensuring that you still receive a recognition by awarding you a professional certificate.