PUA50120 - Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

Duration 18 Months full time. This program is delivered online.
Next intakeJuly, 2024
Study modeOnline
Total units10


Take the next step in advancing your emergency management professional development knowledge, skills and capability with this course.

Advance your career in Emergency and Disaster Management with the Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management). This diploma qualification will equip you with industry-wide knowledge and skills, such as communication and emergency procedures, and areas specific to the roles and functions of public safety such as Prevention/Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery. The course is suitable for current or aspiring paid professionals or volunteers alike.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for credits towards higher level courses in Emergency Management.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities and occupations include:

  • Local Government – Emergency Management Officer, Community Engagement Officer
  • State Emergency Services – Region Controller/Manager, Emergency Management Officer, Training Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Volunteer Support Officer, Community Resilience Coordinator
  • Country / Rural Fire Service – Emergency Management Officer, Training Officer, Community Engagement Officer
  • Health Services – Emergency Management Officer
  • Police Services – Emergency Management Officer
  • Mining / Oil / Gas Industries – Emergency Services Manager / Superintendent
  • Essential Utility Services – Emergency Management Coordinator / Supervisor

Structure & Availability

Online Course Structure


18 Months full time.  This program is delivered online.


Unit CodeUnit Name
PUAEMR038Work within an emergency management context
PUACOM007Liaise with other organisations
BSBSTR603Develop business continuity plans


Unit CodeUnit Name
PUAOPE003Manage the public information function at an incident
PUAOPE022Manage logistics for complex incident
PUAOPE023Manage operations for a level 2 incident
PUAOPE025Manage planning for a complex incident
PUAOPE017Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident


Unit CodeUnit Name
PUAEMR032Design emergency management exercises
PUAMAN005Manage projects


February, 2024Online
July, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.



Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level.

Digital Literacy - The student will need to have access to the internet and the ability to:

  • Use search engines to search the internet
  • Navigate websites
  • Download and upload documents
  • Confidently manage files and documents on their computer, including organising their documents into folders, moving, copying and renaming documents
  • Type and format documents in Word, including working with tables,
  • Manage text (i.e. cut/copy/paste)

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$9,480
Fee for service per unit$948
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
RPL Fee for service per Unit$474

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86. The 2023 VET Student Loan Cap for this course is $11,191. VET Student Loans can be used to pay for all or part of an eligible student’s Tuition Fees. VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is paid. Please refer to VET Student Loan for details and eligibility.

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

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.