The Graduate Certificate in Client Assessment and Case Management is designed to develop the skillset of experienced case management practitioners within the community services sector. This course works on strengthening your capabilities to facilitate complex situations with men who use family violence. Course delivery includes: men’s family violence experiential learning, reflective practice and evidence-based models

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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Upgrade your skills

  • Specialist skills for working with men who use violence
  • Theoretical frameworks
  • Enhance safety of women and children
  • Promoting and managing diversity and inclusion

Stretch your career further

  • Men behaviour change group facilitator
  • Family assessment worker
  • Case worker (community services)
  • Community care manager
  • Client assessment coordinator

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International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Strong industry connections and co-creation

  • NTV (No To Violence)

Otherwise, students are connected through the organisations they already work at

Professional accreditations

The course is delivered in conjunction with Melbourne-based group No to Violence, the peak body for organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence and is tailored for people who currently work or wish to work in men’s behaviour change programs


  • A minimum three-year tertiary qualification or equivalent in an associated field (equivalency may include significant work experience*) in a community sector organisation in a role involving assessment and case management services.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy competencies.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

*Work experience: applicants are required to submit a resume/CV clearly detailing roles and duties, and duration of posts held, as well as copies of qualifications and academic transcripts.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To be awarded this qualification, students will complete a total of 10 units, consisting of seven core and three electives.

Core units
Elective units
Graduate Certificate
Indicative nominal course hours: 745

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Facilitate goal directed planning
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
Implement case management practice
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
Work with carers and/or families in complex situations
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Undertake advanced client assessment
Core unit, 90.0 credit points
Manage and promote diversity
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Lead own professional development
Core unit, 75.0 credit points
Lead and influence ethical practice
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Elective units
Promote accountability and assist users of domestic and family violence to accept responsibility
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Establish change promoting relationship with users of domestic and family violence
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Plan and conduct group activities
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Concession rate* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2023

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)



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