Master of Domestic and Family Violence Practice

Duration1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Next start termAnytime
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL23


Develop specialist knowledge and skills for research, professional practice and further learning in relation to domestic and family violence. You will be highly sought after by industry who faces a critical need for trained practitioners to reduce the instance of this important community issue. This course has been designed in consultation with industry and you will benefit from lecturers who are part of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, partly funded by the Queensland Government. This means you will have access to leaders in the field, and the opportunity to learn from and contribute to, the latest research. 

Through undertaking independent research related to your practice area/s of interest, you will have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of key domestic and family violence theories and approaches in fields such as working with victims/ survivors and perpetrator behaviour change interventions. Explore legal and safety considerations that arise from working in this area and consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice.

In collaboration with the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, this qualification offers a pathway to further advanced qualifications in domestic and family violence research and education.

The knowledge and skills gained through completing this course are transferable across a wide range of professions and occupations where workers encounter victims/survivors and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, including criminal justice, child safety, health services and non-government organisations.

The Master of Domestic and Family Violence Practice is available to study via our flexible online Be Different platform, making it easier for you to fit study around your work and lifestyle. Enjoy the flexibility to study anytime, any place and at your own pace. You will have up to five years to complete the course. 

Study experience

Career Opportunities

By completing the Master of Domestic and Family Violence Practice it will prepare you to pursue employment in criminal justice, child safety organisations, health services, non-government organisations including domestic violence services.

Structure & Availability

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Course structure

You are required to complete 12 units including eight core and four elective units. These four units are generally broken down into 10-12, bite-sized modules for you to complete. Each unit is six credit points and designed to require a time commitment of a total of 144 hours.

If you choose to study all four units at once over a typical term duration of 12 weeks on a full-time basis this would equate to six months of full-time study for all four units.

After enrolling, you’ll have access to all four units, and you can work through these in any order.


Your assessments range from portfolio, online quizzes and case studies. The difference is there are no deadlines or due dates.


Unit information


After enrolling, you will complete the following compulsory unit:

  • DFVP20001 Domestic and Family Violence Practice: Key Concepts and Perspectives (prerequisite)

Upon completion of DFVP20001, you will have access to complete remaining compulsory units: 

  • DFVP20002 Domestic and Family Violence Responses and Interventions (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • DFVP29004 Advanced Studies in Domestic and Family Violence Practice (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • DFVP20006 Working with Victim/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • SCHO29001 Foundations of Scholarship 1 
  • SCHO29002 Foundations of Scholarship 2 (Prerequisite: SCHO29001)
  • SCHO29003 Preparing for Scholarship (Prerequisite: SCHO29002)
  • SCHO29004 Production of Scholarship (Prerequisite: SCHO29003)

You will then complete a further four units. For information on the units you will study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.



Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


Online Availability

Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2023Available Online
Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2024Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.


Recommended study


To be eligible for entry into this course, students must hold the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree, or higher AQF equivalent qualification.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or

  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$15,588

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$16,836
Domestic Full Fee Paying - Indicative First Year Fee (2022 Be Different) $15,132.00
*Tuition Fees are reviewed annually and can increase from year to year. Fees that appear in the first table are based on the course being delivered via our traditional online mode. In 2022, this course is expected to be delivered via Be Different and therefore students will pay reduced unit fees (subject to confirmation).  

Indicative Fees
The indicative first year fee is based on studying eight units in one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the number of units you study across the year.

  • Each standard unit (6 credit points) is priced at $1891.50* per unit.
  • Masters courses may include capstone or dissertation units (12 credit points) and these are priced at $3783* per unit.

Don’t want to pay your tuition fees upfront?
You might be eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees.

To find out more about FEE-HELP view the FEE-HELP information booklet available on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Please note that from 1 January 2020, the Australian Government introduced a combined HELP loan limit which caps the amount you can borrow. This loan limit includes any HECS-HELP debt incurred from 2020 onwards plus any existing and new FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans. Learn more about the HELP loan limit and how it affects you.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

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