Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law

This program will not be offered for 2021.

Help communities find their way forward

Insolvency law deals with financially distressed individuals and companies. It’s about navigating complex legal and financial situations to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.

This program is designed for tertiary graduates (degree or diploma). If you’re a mature, non-degree applicant, you’ll be assessed for admission on the basis of your recognised expertise and experience.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law is flexible and future-oriented. You will:

  • combine online and face-to-face study according to your needs
  • gain an in-depth understanding of insolvency procedures for both individuals and corporations
  • explore relevant theories, policies, regulations and history
  • pursue electives aligned to your interests and career goals.

Where could it take you?

You might become a closing administrator or work in a restructuring department at a law firm. You could negotiate across borders with foreign insolvency practitioners. Perhaps you’ll establish yourself as a legal advisor or focus on investigating what went wrong to begin with.

Note: This program is not available to international applicants who require a student visa. However, international applications are accepted if applicants hold a valid Australian visa permitting study.


Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC081
Intake Not taking new students
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC081

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $18,500

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Professional Accreditation

The degree allows students to demonstrate postgraduate tertiary level study in the field of insolvency law, in order to be licensed as insolvency practitioners by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA), as required by the Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (Cth).

Potential careers

Jury Consultant, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister, Legal Officer / Legal aid

Degree Structure

This program is generally taught over two semesters in intensive blended mode, and includes a mix of face-to-face intensives and online learning. The course is offered in both the first, winter and second semesters which run from February to June and July to November, respectively.

The 'Introduction to Australian Law' course introduces the concepts, frameworks and legislation of Australian law, while the 'Insolvency Law' course provides a greater depth of understanding of the legislative framework supporting insolvency practice.

The most benefit and best understanding of the program content is gained by students who complete within one year.

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Law, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  • core courses to the value of 6 units
  • elective courses to the value of 6 units.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Core Courses To satisfy the requirements for Core courses, students must complete courses to the total value of six units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law (3 units)
LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (3 units)
Electives To satisfy the requirements for Elective courses, students must complete courses to the total value of six units from the following:

LAW 7176: International Insolvency Law (3 units)
LAW 7055: Comparative Corporate Rescue Law (PG) (3 units)
LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG) (3 units)
LAW 7153: Personal Property Security Law (3 units)
LAW 7158: Corporate Law: Selected Issues (3 units)
LAW 7025: Dissertation (PG) (6 units)


The GDLP will help you achieve success in legal practice and outside of it.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022