Aged and Community Services Australia

Aged and Community Services Australia as established a strategic partnership with the University of South Australia to provide a strategic leadership and management development program based on the UniSA Business School’s postgraduate award programs. 

The aim of this program is to equip industry participants with contemporary leadership, financial, change and strategy skills to address the significant challenges, both current and future, in aged and community services. The course content aligns with the Australian Aged Care Leadership Capability Framework. 

The program is designed to:

  • complement participants’ previous specialist and technical education and managerial experience;
  • assist existing and future leaders to be aware of change and challenges and to equip them to better manage the opportunities;
  • enhance participants’ understanding of strategic and contemporary leadership issues. 

The program consists of four courses to achieve the Graduate Certificate of Business Administration. Courses are designed so that relevant industry issues and changes are addressed and, where possible, assignments are applicable to the work context of participants.


Strategic Thinking: Concepts and Tools

This course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of:

  • Strategic thinking, strategic management and their impact on business processes and leadership;
  • Principles and methods of management research and decision making.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Strategic management models and concepts
  • Strategic analysis
  • Competitive advantage
  • Putting strategy into action
  • Strategy in diversified firms, the government sector, and not-for-profits
  • Strategic entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Management research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Business Intelligence

 Managing People and Organisations

This course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of:

  • The interconnections and relationships between organisational forms and human resource management. Globalization, entrepreneurship and the information age are driving radical shifts in organisational structures. Changing structures can impact on the organisations performance so the ways by which strategic human resource management may be understood and applied is important.
  • Different organisational structures and human resource theoretical frameworks and how changes to these can assist managers to improve organisational outcomes.

Students completing the course develop a body of knowledge that contributes to a comprehensive and integrated application of principles of organisational structures, staff perspectives and how these change in the field of senior organisational management and leadership in international business environments.

Accounting for Decision Making

Accounting for Decision Making has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to utilise accounting information to improve their performance as managers. Topics covered in the course include: the role and nature of accounting, financial reporting, ratio analysis, management accounting systems, budgeting and control, costing of products and services, social, environmental and ethical reporting.

Responsible Leadership

The aim of this course is to prepare participants for senior leadership roles specifically to lead in a multi- stakeholder context and cope responsibly with social leadership challenges at different levels (individual, organizational and beyond). Students will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge of leadership, explore what it means to be an effective and responsible leader and develop advanced leadership competencies.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Leadership and context
  • Leadership decision making
  • Transformational leadership
  • Leadership roles and styles
  • The inner theatre of leaders
  • Leadership vision
  • Leadership development
  • Self leadership

Teaching and online delivery

Teaching and learning

The delivery of this program is online in its entirety.  Most courses develop an interactive learning environment online, challenging participants to think collaboratively with fellow students about issues of strategic importance to their industry. Individual and group projects are part of both the course work and assessment.

Assessment is linked to applied learning projects, so that theoretical concepts are applied to work situations and critical management issues.

Online learning

Online (or distributed) education is an integral component to the Program. Online education involves highly interactive group learning. Concepts on learning that underlie the method are:

  • Learning is primarily derived from dialogue. It is an interactive, collaborative process in which the learner, the lecturer and other learners work together to create and maintain a learning conversation.
  • The lecturer's role is to facilitate, engage and empower learners to fully participate in a learning conversation. Lecturers do not only transfer information, they also exercise leadership in order to facilitate and point the way along possible learning paths.
  • Online education methodologies emulate the interactive classroom, tutorial and syndicate group experience. This approach combines theory with practical application to the workplace, using familiar situations to apply concepts discussed in each of the course modules in a structured framework.
  • Flexibility is built into a participant's study schedule as the courses have 24x7 accessibility within the scheduled study period of 10 weeks of a course.
  • There is no need to be logged-in at the same time online as other participants. The lecturer and participants enter the dialogue as it progresses. Each course is constructed as a series of modules with each module completed within a set timeframe before progressing to the next.

Online technical requirements

As courses are conducted via the internet, it is essential that participants have email and internet access either at home or their workplace. It should be noted that in order for participants to be able to devote an appropriate amount of time to their studies, access at home is highly recommended. Online delivery accommodates both PC and Apple users.

Once you are enrolled in a course, the Program Executive Officer will be in contact by email with the URL for the course and provide assistance with accessing the system if required.

Exemption, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

In line with the University's policy on recognition of prior learning, students who have completed appropriate postgraduate management courses (achieving the equivalent of a Credit level) in programs at recognised institutions can be granted status in relevant courses, pending assessment by the Program Director. Only one course credit can apply to the Graduate Certificate but up to four courses credit may be possible for participants who continue their studies into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Recognition and Transportability

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is recognised in Australia and internationally.

For participants meeting entry criteria and wanting to continue their studies from Graduate Certificate into UniSA’s 5-Star MBA program, it is possible for any participant to take a break from the education program at the completion of each stage in the Program. At each stage, the award (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters) is recognised in Australia and internationally.

Note: For participants considering further studies towards a UniSA MBA, it is important to keep in mind that the individual courses within the Graduate Certificate are identical to the MBA courses, thus ensuring full credit for those courses will be granted.

Program Fees:

ACS Members: $3,575 per course

Non Members: $3,975 per course

PLEASE NOTE: UniSA reviews all course fees on an annual basis.

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Application forms

Please attach a recent CV with your application package and if applicable, proof of your undergraduate degree (certified transcript is acceptable).

Download   ACSA  & NT Application Form (.docx 102kb)
Download   Referee's Report (.pdf 115kb)
Download   DEST Statistics (.pdf 51kb)

Enquiries and further information

Sandra Walker
Strategic Partnerships

University of South Australia 
Level 2  Yungondi Building 
City West Campus 
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

T: 08 8302 0801 

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