Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Next start termHyperflexible Annual Term, 2025
Study modeOnline
Course codeCV74
First-year fee
$8,160 (Indicative) (CSP)
$8,418 (Indicative) (FFP)
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.


Gain crucial skills in men's behaviour change and domestic violence, and join a sector in critical need of practitioners to reduce domestic and family violence across Australia. If you're working in probation and parole, social work, counselling, psychology, criminology or community services, apply now to upskill and take advantage of government funding available for domestic and family violence. This course is offered entirely online and allows you to self-pace your studies - no term dates or submission deadlines, allowing you to manage your studies with your career and lifestyle.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your skills and understanding of key practice areas in relation to domestic and family violence which are reflected in course electives covering child safety, men's behaviour change and working with victims and survivors. The knowledge and skills you will gain by completing this course are transferable across a wide range of professions and occupations where workers encounter domestic and family violence issues.

Over four units, you’ll explore the frameworks and theories that support good practice and strategies to work with men who have used violence within their families.

Developed with the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, our courses are directly connecting to ongoing research in the field, meaning you’ll have access to the latest information and techniques. You will benefit from a highly contextual course that will prepare you with up-to-date knowledge and skills to work in both government and private sector roles. Plus, benefit from the ultimate flexibility to study entirely online via our Be Different platform where you set your own pace to fit study around your life.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

By completing the Graduate Certificate in 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


Wondering how a self-paced postgraduate course in domestic and family violence practice works and what to expect? Explore more details below.

Course structure

You will be required to complete three compulsory units plus one elective unit. 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.

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 two further compulsory units and can study these in any order. 

  • DFVP20002 Domestic and Family Violence Responses and Interventions (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • DFVP29004 Advanced Studies in Domestic and Family Violence Practice (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)

You must complete one from the following selection of units:

  • DFVP20004 Child Safety and Domestic and Family Violence (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • DFVP20006 Working with Victim/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)
  • DFVP20005 Men's Behaviour Change Interventions and Practice (Prerequisite: DFVP20001)

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.




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


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
Hyperflexible Annual Term, 2025Available Online


When you study this course via our flexible online Be Different learning platform, not only will you study high-quality course content, but you will also get to set the pace. You are not bound by traditional term dates, such as Term 1 (March) or Term 2 (July) and you can submit your assessments at any time over the duration of the course. The course is open for applications all year round so you can start your studies anytime. 

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year CSP place
Indicative first-year FFP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year depending on the type of place you are offered, for example, a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place. For a graduate certificate, this is usually four units studied full-time over one term or part-time over two terms. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. 

Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth Supported Places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course in 2024, you may be eligible for significant fee savings, provided you meet CSP eligibility requirements. CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees.

If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees.


You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan if you are offered a CSP. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. 

Learn more about paying for university.

There may be additional costs as part of your studies, such as technology expenses. Learn more about other study costs.

How to apply

How to apply

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