The Diploma of Sport/ Diploma of Leadership and Management equips you with industry-relevant skills and knowledge from experienced experts. Prepare to volunteer at Richmond Football Club, working across community programs and departments. With a strong foundation in sports and athletic development, coaching, and business skills, you'll graduate ready to pursue a career in sports leadership.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your undergrad or TAFE study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Skills you’ll learn

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

Your career opportunities

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

Location options

  • External Venue

Collaboration partner

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.

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

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 transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

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 includes training delivered in a face-to-face mode, with a combination of theory & practical sessions and project-based learnings which will be applied to ‘real life’ scenarios. Students will attend three face-to-face sessions during the week which is staggered over one year of full-time study. The delivery follows Victorian high school term dates calendar each year.

Individual support sessions are also scheduled each day which students have the option to attend if they need any further support with their training and assessments.

Students also participate in high-performance practical sessions over the duration of their learning and can expect to participate in physical activity each day of attendance, which is adapted to all physical abilities.

The dual diploma requires 22 units to complete. This course is made up of nine 9 core and 13 elective units.

Core units
Elective units
Indicative nominal course hours: 1188

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Develop critical thinking in others
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Develop and use emotional intelligence
Core unit
Manage business operational plans
Core unit
Manage team effectiveness
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Communicate with influence
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Manage business risk
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Maintain work health and safety
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Lead and manage people
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Elective units
Manage projects
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Lead communication in the workplace
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
Manage meetings
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Manage personal and professional development
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Lead diversity and inclusion
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Coordinate health and wellness programs
Elective unit
Conduct individualised long-term training programs
Elective unit
Plan, conduct and review training and recovery programs
Elective unit, 75.0 credit points
Plan, conduct and review coaching programs
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
Develop strength and conditioning programs
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Meet participant coaching needs
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
Facilitate groups
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
Provide First Aid
Elective unit, 18.0 credit points

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 2024 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. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (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.

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.

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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