Learn the secrets to company success with a Diploma of Business. You will learn to manage primary functions including: administrative systems, budgets and finances, human resource functions, marketing, projects and risk management. This qualification focuses on real world, relevant global contexts. It is a practical program with projects and assignments you can integrate into your existing role or organisation.

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

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Negotiation
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Problem solving

Learning outcomes

  • Develop strong administration skills including communication and negotiation
  • Make presentations - in a wide range of formats - at meetings, forums, and conferences
  • Prepare, conduct, and follow up meetings in a professional and effective manner
  • Design and implement the right e-business model for your organisation including SWOT analysis, B2B and B2C strategies, cost implications, and risk factors
  • Create the right working conditions and activities to foster innovation
  • Create, encourage, evaluate, and refine ideas into viable business cases and projects
  • Identify, manage, and analyse risks
  • Establish a budget framework including objectives, outcomes, and organisational policies
  • Employ a range of tools to successfully recruit, select and induct staff that fit the need, budget, culture, and skill set

Your career opportunities

  • Executive Assistant
  • Executive Officer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Senior Administrator
  • Office Manager

Location options

Why Swinburne?

Delivered by facilitators who are industry experts

Participant course training manual

Live Online delivery allows you to do the course from anywhere

Access to our team of Customer Development Advisors

Live Online Delivery

Our Live Online delivery

Our Live Online delivery is a dynamic, engaging and interactive way to learn remotely. It’s just like face-to-face but with the added benefits of digital technology. Your facilitator will present in real-time, and you will be able to participate in group discussions and collaborate on exercises and group activities using our interactive platforms.


Fast track applicants should have a minimum of three years full time work experience in a business, marketing, management or human resources role.

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study 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.

Course structure

This Diploma of Business course is made up of 12 units of competency delivered across six clusters.

Course outline
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Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Develop critical thinking in others
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Elective units
Establish innovative work environments
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Lead communication in the workplace
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Elective units
Manage meetings
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Communicate with influence
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
Core unit
Elective units
Manage recruitment and onboarding
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Manage budgets and financial plans
Core unit, 70.0 credit points
Elective units
Manage business risk
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Manage business resources
Core unit
Elective units
Develop and implement an e-commerce strategy
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Elective units
Undertake project work
Elective unit

Course delivery

Live Online

Live Online delivery is just like face-to-face but with the added benefits of digital technology. Your facilitator will present in real-time, and you will be able to participate in group discussions and collaborate on exercises and group activities using our interactive platforms.

Blended delivery

The blended delivery mode involves a series of workshops to cover theory and coaching sessions addressing industry contexts. Participants complete a webinar induction, e-Learning unit, four clusters over a total of five days, and will submit assessments online via Swinburne’s e-Learning system, Canvas.

Online delivery

Students complete the entire course through Swinburne’s Canvas e-Learning system. Each cluster requires the completion of assessment activities which need to be submitted by the submission dates selected upon enrolment. Students are required to undertake extensive reading for each unit.


Students will be given six weeks to complete their assessment(s).

Assessor Guidance Session

Each unit of the program embeds a personalised guidance session tailored to the learner’s needs. This key checkpoint in the blended framework provides the opportunity to clarify understanding, ask questions, and ensures learners are on track for successful course completion.

Workplace delivery

This course (or units from it) can be tailored to industry delivery within the workplace for groups of eight or more students. Students may enrol in the course at any stage during the year. Students have the chance to select from a range of dates for elective units to determine the duration of their course.

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

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. 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.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Employer sponsored training

Many organisations are more than willing to help employees build on their skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities. In some circumstances, employers may be able to assist you in your professional development by sponsoring all or part of your fees.

Register your interest

To register your interest and request an application form you can submit our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 633 560, or email us at edge@swinburne.edu.au with the relevant information.

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Start dates

The dates shown indicate when the e-Business solutions cluster commences. Students are eligible to commence this course during one of the other clusters if desired. Please see timetables further down for more information on all cluster dates. 

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Course timetables

2024 Diploma of Business
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2023 Diploma of Business
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  • Swinburne student Skender

    "This course has been invaluable for me, it has boosted my confidence, helped me reassess my career, set goals for myself, and given me insights into the kind of skills employers are looking for now."

    Skender Taipi , Diploma of Business