Develop athletes. Build media relationships. Lead with confidence. Designed in collaboration with Richmond Football Club, our Diploma of Sport teaches you to become a major player in sports business. Learn the practical skills required to manage competitions, sports venues and facilities. Meet program ambassadors and trainers to gain real industry experience.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Professional communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning & organisation
  • Self-management

Your career opportunities

  • Competition manager
  • Program developer
  • Talent development manager
  • Sport development manager
  • Leisure and recreation administrator

Location options

  • Online

Collaboration partner

Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership

Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership

The Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership, in partnership with Swinburne and Richmond Football Club, offers a unique pathway aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry.


Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study and/or relevant work history. Some additional criteria may also apply. 

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent. To ensure suitability for this program, all applicants are required to undergo an interview conducted by industry professionals. Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience are welcome to apply. 

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 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

The program will include training in a blended mode of face-to-face sessions, workshops and guest forums online, project work, and collaboration with other students.

There will be no on-campus delivery for this course. The delivery of units will be staggered over 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study with individual support sessions also scheduled. The learning will be grouped into four thematic areas: Leading the team; Business planning in the sport industry; Business relationships in the sport industry and Project planning.

To be able to graduate from this course, students will be required to complete all core and elective units nominated. All 14 units must be completed.

Core units
Elective units
Indicative nominal course hours: 645

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Lead and manage people
Core unit
Maintain work health and safety
Core unit
Manage business risk
Core unit
Elective units
Develop and use emotional intelligence
Elective unit
Develop and review budgets for activities or projects
Elective unit
Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation work
Elective unit
Manage legal compliance in sport and recreation
Elective unit
Manage organisational customer service
Elective unit
Lead diversity and inclusion
Elective unit
Manage media relationships
Elective unit
Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships
Elective unit
Manage meetings
Elective unit
Manage projects
Elective unit
Manage personal and professional development
Elective unit

2023 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


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.

VET Student Loan amount* ($AUD)


Concessions rates for vocational students

Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.

The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.

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.


Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Expressions of interest and Application process

  • Step 1: Complete the below expression of interest form.
  • Step 2: Attend an open day at Richmond Institute – either in person or online. Submit a Personal Profile for Assessment form if interested in the course.
  • Step 3: We’ll call you to conduct a brief interview. This is just to make sure the course is right for you!
  • Step 4: If successful, you’ll receive a conditional offer for a position from Richmond Institute.
  • Step 5: If successful, you’ll receive your official Swinburne offer via email. This includes information on how to accept your offer, enrolment, and to confirm start date.

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