Housing Management and Policy - Graduate Certificate

Swinburne University of Technology: 
Distance education - Australia-wide
Course Commencement Date
Mar 2019

Duration: Two years part-time
Campus: Distance
Intake: Semesters 1 and 2

This program provides knowledge and skills in policy development and systems of housing management. It is designed for those working in the public housing, community housing and homelessness sectors.

Students gain a rich understanding of the Australian housing and homelessness systems and how they relate to low-income housing delivery; in particular, the role of social housing and homelessness organisations. Students develop problem-solving, organisational and management skills in the specialised area of housing assistance and explore processes of organisational change and implications for client and housing outcomes.

The program also provides skills in tenancy and property management, particularly in relation to complex client issues and homelessness. Students develop a client value-based management culture in the delivery of housing assistance.

Graduates will have practical and conceptual skills for working in team and management level positions in social housing. They will also possess a better understanding of the environmental, organisational and policy context in which they work.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate new or enhanced management and administrative skills when faced with the challenges of the industry’s changing work and policy environment.

Program structure
Students complete 12 weekly modules per unit of study. Each module lists its aims and objectives, and then ‘tells a story’ based on the week’s theme.

All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points. Successful completion requires students to complete four core units of study to the value of 50 credit points.

Time commitment
Units require approximately four hours per week for reading and related exercises, and up to eight hours when assignments are due.

Employer sponsorship
Many employers have study support policies. Speak to your employer to find out if you are eligible to receive study sponsorship.

Tutorials are held in major capital cities and online. Classroom attendance is not essential except where employers specify this as a condition of sponsorship.

A two-day residential seminar in Melbourne provides a forum to work collectively on tasks related to the program.

Admission requirements
Applicants should have at least five years’ work experience in housing management and administration or in a related area, such as the social and community sector, public administration, local government, asset management or private real estate and property development.

Applicants without five years’ relevant work experience who have a recognised bachelor degree in an area such as humanities, social science, business, architecture, property management or planning are also encouraged to apply.

Further information
Website: swinburne.edu.au/course/housing
Contact:  Dr. Angela Spinney, Telephone: 0405 736 775  Email: aspinney@swin.edu.au


Course Contact Person
Dr Angela Spinney
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