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Graduate Diploma of Disaster and Emergency Response

Course code J66

This unique course has been designed for multi-disciplinary professionals who are involved in the overall management of, and response to disasters.

This includes people currently working in areas like emergency services, healthcare services, military, NGO’s, volunteer groups, disaster response agencies or emergency telecommunications. The course is the shortest of its kind in Australia and is available entirely online. It thoroughly explores disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response. You’ll also study the psychological effects of disaster and be introduced to the concepts of disaster health and humanitarian aid while considering the challenges associated with international disaster deployments. Each week you’ll benefit from the expertise of renowned national and international guest speakers through interview-style podcasts. Speakers have included professionals from organisations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience and the International Committee of the Red Cross. As well as speakers who survived terrorist attacks like the London and Bali bombings and 9/11.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J66

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $21,600

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Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J66

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree in emergency response/management or a relevant health related degree such as medical science, paramedicine, nursing, health sciences, health services management, public health, emergency management, or a Graduate Certificate of Disaster and Emergency Response, with equivalents considered. Alternatively applicants can be considered based on a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience. .

    Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

This course is not offered for study on-campus to international students with a student visa.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DER6101Introduction to Emergency Management20
DER6102Disaster Preparedness & Mitigation20
DER6103Major Incident Management20
DER6104Disaster Health Practice & Humanitarian Relief20
DER6105Psychological Effects of Disaster20
DER6106Advanced Emergency Management Response20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate advanced knowledge, concepts and skills to a variety of audiences in a discipline or professional field.
  2. Apply high level, independent judgement when analysing and evaluating complex problems to generate creative solutions.
  3. Demonstrate management skills by initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating projects in a disciplinary or professional field.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $21,600 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $33,550 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include roles in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery within a wide range of both national and international disaster and emergency response organisations, emergency response agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Possible future job titles

Emergency manager, disaster responder, disaster coordinator, emergency responder, disaster planner, recovery officer, disaster recovery manager, disaster program manager, disaster preparedness specialist, disaster program specialist

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