Studies in Disability Practice

Providing you with essential skills in understanding disability, evidence-based practice and transformation.

Are you currently working, or interested in embarking on a rewarding career in any of the following areas: disability support, health, human services, or rehabilitation?

Driven by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), UNE has developed an innovative and flexible program designed to equip you with the key knowledge and skills to guide you in adopting person-centred approaches to assisting people with a disability and their families. The focus is also on building your expertise in addressing challenging behaviour from a functional assessment perspective. Our Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice, Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice and Master of Disability Practice embed a unique approach to training well-informed practitioners by increasing your competencies in:

  • understanding the scientific basis of disability,
  • planning and delivering evidence-based services to individuals and groups, and
  • transforming your business and people management practices within the specific setting of a disability service organisation.

The program is designed to give you the skills to help your organisation to lead in the new era of disability-focused service delivery, whether that be in the government, private or community services sector.

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Three courses are available to students wishing to study disability within evidence-based practitioner and management frameworks:

Students will study clinical, behavioural, and neurobiological issues in the provision of disability services, and have the opportunity to complete study relevant to NDIS business management. They will also gain hands-on experience in the disability practice field through completion of a practicum placement unit of study.

Teaching staff for this multi-disciplinary program are drawn from the School of Science and Technology, with studies in organisational management provided by the UNE Business School.

All courses may be completed online on a part-time basis, allowing students to balance study with work and other commitments.

You are able to enter the Graduate Certificate with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma with relevant experience or with the relevant experience only.  You are then able to progress to the Graduate Diploma or the Master degree.


Go to the Programs of Study for the Graduate Certificate in Disability Practice, the Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice and the Master of Disability Practice for details of the units to be completed.


The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a demand for practitioners and managers with specialist education and training in the disability and human services sector.

Graduates will be well prepared for a variety of roles within the disability field – in business management or in service provision. Potential careers include roles in disability advocacy, case management and human services, rehabilitation and employment services, and disability policy and program


Enquiries about studying the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Disability Practice at UNE can be made to the Course Coordinator:

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