2022: February, August

0.5 years

2022: A$12,200*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Further your career in international humanitarian and development aid with the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development.

This practical postgraduate program offers you a personalised education, including workplace training, for a career in community development in the local and international arena.

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of community development by exploring key theories, as well as ethical, socially responsible and sustainable practices. You’ll also learn about the impact of globalisation, conflict resolution and international organisation governance.

Our graduate certificate is the first of three courses that make up VU’s Master of International Community Development. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to study our Graduate Diploma in International Community Development.

The Graduate Certificate in International Community Development is enriched by our agreements with other universities (including the National University of Timor Leste (UNTL)) and non-government organisations.

By choosing this course, you could benefit from a short or long-term study tour. These eye-opening tours are organised for the purposes of formal study, combined with experiential learning in a particular culture and society. You'll live, experience and engage in different real-life intercultural interactions and take part in seminars hosted or organised by agencies, institutions or organisations approved by the College of Arts & Education.

Victoria University is one of the few universities in Australia that offers regional and contextual studies (e.g. Latin America, Africa and Asia) in community development.

Specialised areas of study include:

  • social action and change
  • advocacy and human rights
  • peace and conflict resolution
  • environmental sustainable development.

Other related studies can be selected from a long list of elective units.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in international community development

Graduates of this course can work in a diverse range of fields including international humanitarian and development aid.

Typical roles might include:

  • international consultant (within human rights, gender, poverty reduction or project evaluation)
  • international project manager (e.g. Australian Red Cross and World Vision)
  • government employee (e.g. local or federal government)
  • community development educator
  • international project manager
  • journalist
  • researcher.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Act ethically, socially responsibly and sustainably in community development practices in the developing world as well as industrialised regions;  
  2. Interpret community development theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in appropriate approaches to address sociocultural problems in contemporary societies;  
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate effectiveness of community development programs in local and international contexts;  
  4. Demonstrate creative and innovative responses to contemporary and future challenges facing the communities;  
  5. Effectively communicate in writing or other means to interrogate, interpret and debate key theories and academic concepts; and  
  6. Initiate, design and appropriately manage community development projects.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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