Graduate Diploma in Counselling

The counsellor-client relationship is the single most important factor in generating successful outcomes in counselling. This program gives you keen insights into the nature of what it means to be human, and the tools you need to help distressed clients overcome mental illness and achieve optimum well-being. It is designed for students from any discipline who work in a helping profession and is an ideal choice if you wish to enhance your skills.

Graduate Diploma in Counselling


Part Time: 2 Years

Next Start Date

04 March 2024

Closing Date

Parramatta South UAC 950814
Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual fee from $11,885

Additional Information

Program Code: 1647

A good listener. A great help

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping people in distress. In counselling, clients learn about themselves and how they can make changes to improve their lives. This process requires you to build a dedicated helping relationship, for which you need high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct. In contrast to some of the longer-established helping professions, counselling, as taught in this program, places greater emphasis on the creation of a therapeutic environment for the client than on specific techniques or the application of particular theoretical models. This program offers an invaluable field placement, giving you the opportunity to work directly with clients whilst undergoing clinical supervision and incorporating learning on campus. In addition, you will learn how to critically examine theories and approaches in light of their contribution to a contemporary relational understanding and practice of counselling.

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The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Graduates are also eligible for full membership and registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

What you can expect to study

The program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this degree, you can look forward to a broad range of exciting career opportunities in different sectors and industries. Below are some examples of the possible careers you can pursue with this degree:

  • Family support
  • Addiction counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Women's health


"Be prepared to grow and learn more about yourself as much as you learn about professional counselling skills, theories and practice."

— Meeray Ghaly, Graduate Diploma in Counselling"

B Psychological and Social Sciences

Entry requirements for domestic students

Please consult the handbook for more information regarding entry requirements for this course.

You can read more about special requirements here.

B Psychological and Social Sciences

Entry requirements for international students

**Please note, if this course lists a part-time option, this is not available to International Students on a Student Visa.

Please consult the handbook for more information regarding entry requirements for this course.

You can read more about international academic entry requirements here.

Indicative annual fee

PG Direct

Apply as a Domestic Student

If you are a domestic student, you can apply through our Western Application system which is free of charge.

Domestic students are:

  • Australian Citizens
  • New Zealand Citizens
  • Australian permanent residents
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders


Western Sydney University recognises and rewards students who demonstrate community engagement, outstanding academic ability and superior leadership skills. Donor-funded scholarships are also available, providing support for students based on both academic achievements and equity considerations. There are also scholarships available for specific degrees. 

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Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Part Time: 1 Year

Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Full Time: 2 Years (Available Part Time)*

The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.