Inherent Requirements


The statements below specify the course requirements of the Bachelor of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a Counsellor or Coach are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to client safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. The inherent requirements below should be read in conjunction with other course information, and the codes, guidelines and policies of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

What is it like to do these courses?

It may be helpful for you to understand a little about what it is like to complete the Bachelor of Counselling or Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Further information about the courses are available in the course guides and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Counselling or Graduate Diploma of Counselling makes you eligible to register with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and practice as a Counsellor. Successful completion of this course makes you eligible to apply for a credential with the ICF.

If you are undertaking either the Bachelor of Counselling or Graduate Diploma of Counselling in order to complete subsequent higher education, it is important that you are familiar with the inherent requirements of those courses also. You may also find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the requirements for work in a professional capacity as a Counsellor or Coach to assess your suitability to meet the inherent requirements of such a role following graduation.

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) and the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.  Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Relational skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Sustainable performance

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