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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and Organisation is an important first step for professionals who are interested in pursuing career opportunities in the member-owned (co-operatives and mutuals) and ‘for purpose’ (co-operatives and social enterprise) sectors. The Graduate Certificate comprises four online courses, making it an ideal program for those who require flexible and part time study options.

Each course in the Graduate Certificate is designed to provide you with the tools and resources you need to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how alternative business models operate and how they differ from investor owned business.  The courses make use of international and Australian case studies as well as open access tools to guide you through the process of starting up and managing member-owned and ‘for purpose’ enterprises. It helps you understand the significance of these alterative models in the expanding sharing economy and how they provide sustainable outcomes by focusing on members, community and the environment.

Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation

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Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

4 (part-time)

Program Code

40144

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

4 (part-time)
Program Code

40144

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Is It For You?

Are you looking for challenge and that will expand your professional expertise and give you a point of difference in the graduate market? Are you looking for employment in a business that is concerned about more than profit? The Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and Organisation is the only program of its kind in Australia. Co-operatives and member owned businesses have unique legal and economic characteristics that are neglected in the mainstream business and law curriculum.  A qualification in this field will provide you with an advantage if you are interested in pursuing a career with businesses that are committed to principle, values and an ethic of caring for community 

The program will help you to understand the internationally recognised co-operative principles and values and the important role that they play in guiding leadership and management of some of the world’s oldest and most resilient businesses.  You will learn about co-operative law in Australia and some of the legal and regulatory barriers faced by co-operative businesses and steps that have been taken to remove those barriers. A hand-ons and practical approach using online, open access tools will help you to learn about co-operative governance and the steps involved in starting up an alternative business model.

You will find out about recent trends in social enterprises and cooperative innovation, including platform co-operativism, ‘tech for good’ and social procurement. You will learn about new approaches to measuring social impact and the importance of non-financial metrics and social accounting. Learning from international and Australian examples, you will gain an understanding of how alternative organisational models can generate and sustain social innovation.

Career Opportunities

The co-operative, mutual and member-owned enterprises (CME) sector is much larger than you might think and it continues to grow both in Australia and worldwide. There are almost 3 million co-ops worldwide with more than 1.2 billion members, employing near 10% of the world’s population. The largest memberships are in the United States, Japan and Brazil and the model continues to expand rapidly in Asia. Australia, has more than 2000 CME’s, with one in seven people belong to a CME.  Cooperatives and mutuals proved their resilience in the recent global financial crisis, and even in the current tighter Australian economy the latest IBIS reports (2014/2015) show that Australia’s top 100 CMEs increased their annual turnover by 4%, median profitability by 15%, and combined assets were up 8%.

Co-operatives are leading the way in the promotion of sustainable and ethical business practices, the provision of public services and building stronger communities. One the one hand we are faced with the need for a growing range of service providers especially in the areas of care and accommodation. On the other hand we see that governments are increasingly withdrawing from the provision of these essential services and choosing to ‘contract out’ to the private sector. The current housing affordability crisis means that the next generation of young families will be seeking new and diverse solutions to finding secure, sustainable and affordable accommodation. Co-housing and housing cooperatives is likely to be an important part of this equation. Graduates with a good understanding of alternative business models are needed to advise those who are seeking to generate innovative solutions to these problems.

If you are looking to pursue a career in a sector that cares more about people than profit, the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation will give you the competitive edge you need. Perhaps you are interested in helping others to understand that there are alternative ways of doing business. In both instances, you will be better equipped to do so when you graduate with a deeper understanding of co-operative principles and values new and innovative co-operative solutions with relevance in a rapidly evolving global sharing economy.

This program will enable you to leverage your existing professional experience with enhanced skills to boost your career. The knowledge you acquire will increase your business value and equip you for a managerial role within a co-operative or other social enterprise or as a specialist adviser to this sector in a mainstream accounting, financial or legal organisation. 

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation program is available to applicants who can demonstrate between 1-5 years relevant experience, coupled with previous non-university studies.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Diploma (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) One
2 Year Diploma (in a related field of study) Two
2 Year Diploma (in a non-related field of study) Three
No previous educational qualifications Five
Bachelor Degree Zero

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40144
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online
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Description

Research shows that co-operatives have demonstrated high levels of resiliency in the Global Economic Crisis across a number of business sectors. Some co-operatives are among the largest and most efficient organisations in the world. The Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Mangement and Organisation is a 40 unit program requiring students to complete all the core courses. The completion of the program provides students with an opportunity to open up new career avenues for students interested in the social responsibility of business and enables them to develop critical analytical skills in business ethics.

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation (40 units) is available to applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in a related field; or
  • 3 year Diploma in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management; or
  • 3 year Diploma not in a related field + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma in a related field such as economics, business, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management + 2 years relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma not in a related field + 3 years relevant business experience; or
  • At least 5 years business experience.

Students will be required to successfully complete a Business Academic Skills Program (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration. The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled in program 40034 will be contacted directly to offer them an opportunity to transition to the new program.

Requirements and Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation is a 40 unit program requiring students to complete all the core courses.

Course Information

Core Courses

Students must complete all of the core courses.

Code Name Availability Units
GSBS6005 Marketing Management and Planning Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6411 Introduction to Co-operative Organisation and Management: the Co-operative Advantage Trimester 1 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
GSBS6412 Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation Trimester 3 - 2018 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
LEGL6005 Co-operative Law and Governance Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective independent or collaborative work skills to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgement to co-operatives management and organisational tasks
  • Critical thinking and analytical problem solving skills to justify sound co-operatives management solutions
  • Specialised knowledge of theories, models and concepts relevant to co-operatives management and be proficient in their application
  • Decision making skills to apply understanding of ethical, cultural and global issues in co-operatives management decisions.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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