Graduate Attributes

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

The graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Counselling course are designed to align with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for Bachelors degrees (AQF Level 7). On completion of the degree, graduates will have attained the following attributes:


  • develop in depth knowledge in a broad range of theories and frameworks in the disciplines of counselling and coaching
  • understand and analyse complex social factors impacting on the wellbeing and mental health of individuals, groups, organisations and communities
  • integrate and apply knowledge of the stages of human development and life transitions
  • demonstrate in depth knowledge of positive psychology as a basis for the coaching discipline
  • develop sensitivity to aspects of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, ability, class, religion and sexuality
  • understand the range of mental health conditions and disorders.


  • practically apply ICT skills;
  • review, analyse, and evaluate core counselling and coaching theories and models;
  • apply appropriate counselling and coaching interventions according to specific client/group presentations;
  • evaluate and assess client presentations with reference to relevant contextual factors, including the clients’ experience, worldview and expectations of counselling and coaching;
  • demonstrate the assessment and management of risk of suicide and suicidal behaviour;
  • apply creative problem solving skills to assessment and case planning, aligned with professional standards for coaching practice
  • demonstrate advanced communication skills for establishing rapport and goal setting with clients, and with other professionals.

Application of knowledge and skills

  • practice in culturally safe ways with diverse clients and groups in counselling and coaching relationships
  • develop and apply programs in work teams and organisations to enhance performance
  • demonstrate applied research skills and conduct projects in workplace settings
  • identify clients with complex needs and develop appropriate case plans and referrals
  • demonstrate awareness of consumer and carer perspectives
  • practice counselling and coaching ethically and intentionally within established legal, social and professional frameworks and codes of ethics
  • integrate feedback from clinical supervision in counselling and coaching practice
  • cultivate the capacity for reflective practice, professional responsibility and accountability.