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Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership

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Graduate Diploma

of Strategic Leadership

Boost your strategic leadership skills with the Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership. This is a highly stimulating
course, perfect for those aspiring to leadership roles and current leaders and managers looking to give themselves a
winning edge. Applicable to all industries and to both Government and the private sector, participants will gain knowledge and skills in leading and planning transformational practices, cultivating partnerships, ethics, innovation, and other
aspects of strategic leadership in a dynamic context.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply advanced knowledge and skills in a range of strategic leadership and management roles. Individuals at this level make high level autonomous decisions and use initiative and judgement to plan and implement a range of leadership and management functions in varied contexts. They have full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and for the work or function of others.

They use cognitive and creative skills to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, in order to generate ideas and provide solutions to complex problems. They use communication skills to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer knowledge and ideas to others.

The qualification covers eight (8) units of competency, two (2) core units and six (6) elective units. To complete the qualification, participants need to complete the core units and six elective units from the list below:

CORE UNITS (Two compulsory units)

BSBLDR811 Lead strategic transformation

BSBSTR802 Lead strategic planning processes for an organisation

ELECTIVE UNITS (Six elective units)

BSBINS603 Initiate and lead applied research

BSBLDR812 Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships

BSBLDR813 Lead and influence ethical practice 

BSBSTR801 Lead innovative thinking and practice

BSBPMG810 Prioritise projects and programmes

BSBTEC601 Review organisational digital strategy

All sessions are supported by learning materials, readings and intensive coaching and mentoring by facilitators, as well as online, email and phone support.


Programme Overview

  • BSB80320 Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership

  • Duration: 1 year to 2 years (part-time) 

  • Description: A guided programme of learning and development designed to augment strategic thinking and leadership skills in both established leaders and managers and those aspiring to leadership positions.

  • Accreditation: Level 8 on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Entry Requirements

Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake study at graduate diploma level, with either:

  • a relevant Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or a relevant Certificate IV or Certificate III, and significant relevant vocational practice

  • relevant extensive vocational practice, without formal qualifications

  • a higher education qualification, together with relevant vocational practice.

Who should attend?

  • Those aspiring to leadership roles;

  • Leaders and managers who wish to augment their leadership skills and strategic knowledge;

  • Anyone wishing to understand the strategic environment.

Benefits of the Programme

  • Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership will benefit from a unique programme tailored to maximise benefits and learning for participants.

  • The entire programme is imbued with a strategic outlook and all units are aligned to develop strategic thinking and understanding.

Learning tools and methodology

  • Real life examples and work practice are emphasised and all assessment is based on work practice, or employs projects that are directly relevant to the workplace.

  • The structure of the programme is highly flexible and directly responsive to the needs of participants and their individual workplaces, if applicable.

  • A holistic approach to assessment is taken wherever possible and several units or elements of units may be assessed together through one project (e.g. a presentation or report that covers several units).

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