Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Overview

In early 2015 the United Nations oversaw the creation of the game-changing "Sendai Framework" in Japan – a global strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for 2015-2030. 
​The result is a challenge to organisations throughout civil society and the world over to alter how they address issues of hazard and vulnerability, and deal with risk.

In parallel with these events, the University of Newcastle and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) worked together in order to develop the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction, in order to provide graduates with the knowledge to manage the DRR process across all sectors of society. Students of the program engage fundamental disaster risk concepts, and receive training in the use of the most globally adopted DRR tools and protocols, some of these through direct engagement with UNITAR resources.

Graduates will be capable of conducting disaster risk evaluations, and guiding the subsequent development of disaster risk mitigation and management strategies for the organisation in which they work.

Our advanced online learning system, together with that of UNITAR provides you with the flexibility and support to study any time, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction at a time that suits you, and will receive certification of your success from both the University of Newcastle and UNITAR.

Explore this page and find out if the graduate certificate in disaster risk reduction is for you – discover what you will study on the career opportunities it can provide.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

40019

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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
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + 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.

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CRICOS

090807D

Program Code

40019

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If you work in an organisation in any industry in a role that relates to assessment and management of risk and business continuity, or if you are considering this as a career path, then the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction is relevant to you.

Organisations of all types will be impacted by disasters, meaning there is no such thing as a non-related professional field, and it is increasingly the case that employees are assigned to address vulnerability to extreme events by designing strategies to manage risk, speed up recovery and improve resilience.

Even if you are highly experienced and have been operating in a role of this kind for several years, the Graduate Certificate can increase your professional capacity in relation to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) principles following the Sendai Framework and its impact.

Career Opportunities

UNITAR is the UN agency with responsibility to foster the change needed to meet the recommendations of the Sendai framework.

The UON has entered into a strategic relationship with UNITAR, and now hosts CIFAL Newcastle, an international training centre with special focus on DRR. As a consequence of this link UON graduates will be well positioned to move into organisations who require experts to specialise in, or have knowledge of DRR.

Government organisations, private enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and not-for-profit will all require such professionals, as the Sendai framework begins to generate changes in practice. Risk-related industries such as insurance, will also require a strong knowledge of DRR of their professionals.

This qualification has wide appeal, and is suitable for those pursuing a career as a risk manager, compliance officer, local government officer, WHS coordinator, and anybody who has responsibility for business continuity and human safety.

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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 Disaster Risk Reduction program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience.

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

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in a related field of study Zero

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 40019
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 090807D
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction has forever altered the way in which organisations in civil society regard issues of hazard and vulnerability, and then consequently deal with risk. This program provides its graduates with a basic grounding in all of the essential elements required to manage the disaster risk reduction process within the following sectors: government organisations, private enterprise, non-government organisations, and not-for-profit organisations. It achieves this by exposing students to fundamental disaster risk reduction concepts and training in the use of the most widely adopted disaster risk reduction tools and protocols in use around the world.

Graduates of this program should be capable of conducting disaster risk evaluations and guiding the subsequent development of disaster risk mitigation and management strategies for the organisations for which they work.

This program is subject to final University approval.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in a related field of study

OR

Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma in a related field of study plus 2 years’ relevant industry experience

Note: Organisations of all types within civil society have the potential to be negatively impacted by disasters. The approporiateness of this program to potential students is therefore in large part determined by their role within those organisations (i.e. the extent to which they are, or are intended to become, responsible for its disaster risk reduction activities) rather than the nature or level of their prior qualifications (which will be assumed to be vocationally relevant to the organisation for which they work, and therefore be used to determine their educational eligibility for admission).

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 who are already enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction have the following options:

If they have completed ARBE6601 and ARBE6602:

  • They can choose to undertake the elective courses that were available to them when they enrolled, and graduate with the GCDPR.

If they have completed ARBE6601 only:

  • They can choose to undertake ARBE6602 and the elective courses that were available to them when they enrolled, and graduate with the GCDPR.
  • They can choose to complete ARBE6604, 6607 and 6608 in addition to ARBE6601 in order to graduate with the GCDRR.

From Trimester 1, 2016, the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction will enter the ‘teach-out phase’ with no new enrolments.

Requirements and Structure

This program consists of four core courses, none of which have any pre-requisites. They can therefore be taken in any order without detriment to progress.

Course Information

Core Courses

Courses: Choose 40 units from Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6601 Theory and Practice of Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE6607 Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE6608 Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE6614 Professional Practice in Disaster Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 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

  • Apply a range of analytical and problem-solving skills to deal with issues in the practice of disaster risk reduction
  • Analyse legislative policy and procedural influences upon disaster risk reduction actions in the context of public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.
  • Develop resilient organisational strategies in the context of disaster risk reduction.

Professional Accreditation

This program is certified by the Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (CIFAL) Newcastle, in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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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