Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Next start termAnytime
Study modeOnline
Course codeCV74
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


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.


Recommended study


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

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

  • A completed AQF Diploma qualification with at least 5 years relevant* employment experience; or

  • Alternative admission criteria^.

* Relevant work experience must include employment in the domestic and family violence field, or a related field (such as child safety, health, correctional services), where associated written tasks, such as report writing, are demonstrated.

^Applicants who do not meet the above requirements however hold significant relevant work experience and/or qualifications will be referred to the Head of Course to confirm eligibility.

Employment experience must be outlined on a company letterhead, be signed and dated by a delegated authority from within the organisation.

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
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$7,568
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$7,794

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,160
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$8,418

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units for a graduate certificate or eight units for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth supported places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course, you may be eligible for significant fee savings. If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees. Find out more about CSP eligibility criteria.

Government assistance and HELP loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. 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.

Other study costs

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

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

Apply now

This course is open for applications all year round and you can start your studies anytime. To apply, click on the apply button below.