UNSW Canberra Short Courses

Accelerate Your Career, Learn New Skills, Expand Your Knowledge

Short-term study options can refresh your qualifications, enable you to meet continuing professional development requirements and introduce you to new skills. At UNSW Canberra, we offer a range of short courses to help you stay relevant and grow in your career.

Designed for busy working professionals, our flexible in-person and online courses bring together knowledge from across UNSW. Taught by leading experts at the forefront of global conversations, you’ll benefit from the deep industry knowledge and strong connections that come with studying at one of Australia’s top universities.

Our courses range from one to five days in length and are practical too, so you'll be able to apply your learning as soon as you get back to the workplace.

Tailored to Your Needs

Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge. Catered to the needs of both defence and industry, all our courses are designed for real-world applications. Our presenters ensure that subject matter is framed in the context of the current participants, using examples from their organisations. 

Our courses can also be offered as customised learning programs that respond to your requirements. Choose from our broad range of courses or work with us to develop a course to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. 

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In-House Delivery

All our short courses are available for in-house delivery at your organisation’s premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs.

In addition to in-person delivery, several of our courses are now available as online study options.

For further information or to request a quotation, please contact the Professional Education Courses Unit on:

T: +61 2 5114 5573 

E: profedcourses@adfa.edu.au 

UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed approved short courses to use those courses as credit towards eligible postgraduate programs in one of two ways: 

1. Credit for Professional Practice

2. Credit towards micro-credential postgraduate courses

Do I need to be a member of the Defence Force to attend?

No, all of UNSW Canberra’s short courses are open to the public.

Do I need an undergraduate qualification to study a short course?

Each course has different entry requirements. See the course outline to find out the entry requirements for the desired course.

What is the dress code?

Dress is civilian, neat casual

Where are the courses held?

Advertised courses are held in the ACT, NSW, SA, and VIC.

Can't find the course you need? We can tailor and bring a course to you at your organisation's premises! In-house courses allow maximum attendance without additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation.

For further information or to request a quotation, please contact the Professional Education Courses Unit on +61 2 5114 5573  or email to profedcourses@adfa.edu.au

Can completion of a short course be used as credit in a postgraduate program?

See Postgraduate Credit


UNSW Canberra courses are open to Defence and Non Defence personnel. All attendees receive a UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the course. If there course is assessable, and you pass the assessment, you will also receive a certifcate of completion.


Most course fees include morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch. Please check your course confirmation letter for catering arrangements for your course.


Courses are held at various locations across Australia. Details of venues for courses will be advised upon registration. A list of venues currently used is below.


UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Northcott Drive,
Campbell, ACT 2600

UNSW Canberra City
J Block, 37 Constitution Avenue,
Reid, ACT 2612


Melbourne Conference and Training Centre
477 Collins St,
Melbourne VIC 3000


Graduate House
220 Leicester St,
Carlton VIC 3053

Sydney UNSW CBD Campus
1 O'Connell St,
Sydney NSW 2000
Adelaide Mawson Lakes Hotel and Function Centre
10 Main St,
Mawson Lakes SA 5095

At UNSW we have a range of consultants available to assist you across many different areas of expertise.

Alternatively, you can email research.partnerships@unsw.edu.au for more information.

If you require Expert Opinion Services for the legal profession please contact Unisearch Expert Opinion Services by email or telephone 02 9385 6555.


UNSW Canberra collects personal information in order to create and maintain participant records. We are committed to maintaining and storing participant information securely. Participants may request access to their records at any time.


UNSW Canberra is committed to a process of continuous improvement based on feedback from course participants, course presenters, and other stakeholders. We welcome comments which may help us to improve our services, products, and processes.

In some situations, you may feel that you want to make a complaint. In such situations, UNSW Canberra has the following complaints process:

  • In the first instance, complaints should be resolved by a process of discussion, cooperation, and conciliation directly with the person(s) concerned.
  • Where it is not possible to resolve the matter directly, the complaint will be referred to the Manager of External Relations and Business Development. The Manager may ask for the complaint to be put in writing.
  • If further investigation is required the complaint will be referred to the Rector for final consideration and a decision on the outcome of the complaint.
  • Complaints which cannot be resolved internally may be directed to an independent third party such as the ACT Office of Fair Trading 02 6207 0400 fair.trading@act.gov.au

All complaints and their outcomes are recorded. Complaints received in writing will receive a written response.


Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to the commencement of the course. Information and pricing on this website are current at the time of publication but may be amended without notice by UNSW Canberra.