One year full-time or part-time equivalent


Online learning


Distance (fully online)


Semester 1 and Semester 2


This course provides a pathway for students to develop their skills and knowledge around the concept of sustainability at a local, national and international level, as well as deepen their understanding of how sustainable living can be pursued by individuals across many aspects of their lives.

By completing this course, students will gain a solid grasp of sustainability practices and how to apply their knowledge in their homes, their communities, or in commercial and social enterprises.

The Diploma of Sustainable Living curriculum includes a range of multidisciplinary subjects structured around five narratives that are linked to selected United Nations Sustainable Development goals. These goals encompass the following themes: sustainability at home, sustainability in the environment, sustainability as a social enterprise, sustainability to empower transformative change, sustainability and justice and, sustainability and human health.  

Program Structure

The Diploma of Sustainable Living (Z1K) is structured over one year full-time (or equivalent part-time). Graduates must complete eight units including an introductory unit, a capstone unit and two specialisations (each comprising  three selected units).

Specialisations include:

For more detailed information and complete list of units available, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.


This course is designed for students who do not meet University General Entry Requirements (GER) or who want a more supported or graded introduction to their studies.

Admission requirements: Previous study at Year 11/12 or TAFE (Cert III), TCE English, Successful completion of UPP or assessment of personal competency statement.

Indicative costs & scholarships for 2020

The Diploma of Sustainable Living is designed to be accessible to a wide audience. Accordingly, the University offers generous scholarships for domestic students, providing assistance in pursuing your passion for sustainability. For complete fees & scholarships details, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

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We also have more information on our Need help applying page.

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