Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GDC12)


Graduates of this course will be capable of practising as a counsellor in a variety of contexts and circumstances and be fully cognisant of the ethical implications of such work.

The Graduate Diploma offers students foundational knowledge in major counselling theories, perspectives and approaches. Students learn to apply the skills of counselling and to be proficient in the application of generic counselling skills for work in the helping and allied professions. The course offers students the opportunity to grow in self-awareness and self-understanding and assists them in a sequenced and supportive manner to integrate the theory and practice of counselling, through an innovative combination of teaching methods and assessment activities.

The course provides students with a practiced-based awareness of ethical, clinical and wider contextual issues necessary to operate responsibly as a counsellor in the helping and allied professions.


Degree Name

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Degree Code:     


Level of Qualification:



1 Year Minimum
10 Years Maximum

Number of Units:   


Study Load:        

4 units per term, full time
1, 2 or 3 units per term, part time


This course is no longer accepting new students.
This course applies to students enrolled on-campus at Sydney, Brisbane and by Flexible Delivery prior to 1 January 2008 and to students enrolled on-campus at Melbourne prior 1 January 2009.

Student Placement:

140 hours

Award Title:

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Cricos Code:   

048166D (NSW)    050995D (QLD)    060112F (VIC)