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CH85 - Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design


At a glance

Study the Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design to apply advanced practices and principles of permaculture to your discipline or profession, or pursue a career pathway into professional practice as a permaculture designer, consultant or educator.

Study modes Distance
Courses/units 8/48
Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Intake dates March

Career opportunities

Permaculture is of emerging global interest across various disciplines - from civil engineering to town planning, and from landscape gardening to environmental health studies. A Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design will prepare you with advanced skills, knowledge and experience in the application of sustainable and regenerative initiatives within their personal and professional lives. With the ability to apply ethical and philosophical principles within a variety of professional settings you will have the potential to become a consultant, designer and educator in permaculture.



Changes in climate will have a significant impact on our social, cultural, economic and environmental systems. Globally, there is an urgent need to promote more sustainable and regenerative patterns of living in order to meet the needs of current and future generations. The practices and principles of permaculture provide individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt sustainably to social and environmental change.

In this course you will interpret and discuss permaculture research design as well as how permaculture principles can be applied to projects both personally and professionally. You will gain the skills necessary to communicate permaculture design to encourage and facilitate collaboration, engagement and feedback within your profession. You will develop expertise, design, implement and evaluate permaculture designs across a variety of projects and settings, with a view to employment as a permaculture consultant, designer and/or educator.

Why Study at CQUniversity

Our range of Science and Environment education and training options will provide you with both general and specialised subject knowledge, as well as practical skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and communication.

Wide choice of study areas
At CQUniversity, our science and environment courses and units cover a diverse range of areas including agricultural and food science, analytical science and biotechnology, biological science, environmental health, laboratory skills, and the growing fields of medical science, including clinical investigation, nutrition and pathology. For more information on environmental health and all medical science offerings at CQUniversity please visit Health.

Hands-on practical experience
We offer courses that include work placements, allowing you to put the theory you learn into hands-on practice. Our placements also allow you to build important networks with industry and increase your work-ready skills, giving you the competitive edge when seeking employment.

Up-to-date and industry relevant
CQUniversity consults with industry when developing and reviewing courses and units to ensure content is up-to-date and meeting demands of employers.

Study your way
Many of our offerings are flexible in their delivery, allowing you to study either on-campus or by distance education. Regardless of how you choose to study, you will always have the support of our experienced teaching professionals and technicians who bring industry-relevant and real-world skills and knowledge to the learning environment.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete four units as part of the Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design and an additional three units.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

The Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design provides the option for you to undertake part or all of this course as an internship or as work experience. This would be at the discretion of the Course Director.

Residential Schools

A compulsory residential school will be undertaken during Advanced Permaculture in Practice.  Click here to view Residential Schools for all units.

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry to this course, you must have a Bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian University, or equivalent, or have completed the Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design.

English Requirements

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or courses you wish to undertake. Please visit our English requirements page for more details.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can apply to study Graduate Diploma of Permaculture Design by clicking the Apply Now button below.

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For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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