Graduate Certificate

In today’s economy, strong and decisive financial leadership is essential. The best financial leaders are responsive, innovative, and dynamic. They have the skills, knowledge, and fortitude to guide their organisations through complex challenges, and to lead strategic growth.

Become a financial leader

The Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership (Public Sector Finance), is designed for public sector employees who want to take their career to the next level, to become effective, successful, and transformative financial leaders.

The Graduate Certificate has been designed and contextualised specifically for the public sector and is offered exclusively through QTC’s Education Program. The program is delivered in an immersive and collaborative environment by leading academics, all of whom have extensive experience in the public sector. It blends intellectual rigour with practical, hands-on learning, and focuses on contemporary financial topics, including governance and risk management, procurement, financial management, costing and pricing, and asset management.


The program consists of four courses. Each course is comprised of four individual workshops.


To complete the program, participants must complete all four courses (all sixteen workshops) and adhere to the rules for the program. Participants should be aware of The University of Queensland rules, particularly the General Award Rules, which govern the conduct of UQ programs. Participants will find a link to the General Award Rules, and other University rules, on the University Rules page.

Please note, the program order and course makeup is subject to change.

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by The University of Queensland (UQ) Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Executive Dean, with a GPA of at least 4.00 on a 7 point scale; or post-secondary study and at least five years full-time work experience as approved by UQ BEL Executive Dean; or seven years full-time work experience as approved by UQ BEL Executive Dean.

Key dates

The Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership is offered through The University of Queensland and participants are required adhere to university dates.

To enrol for Semester 1, 2019, participants are required to apply for the Graduate Certificate program prior to 25 February 2019. Other key dates are detailed below.

Due date to enrol in courses 31 Jan 2019
Semester 1 commences 25 Feb 2019
Final date to enrol in GCBusLead without incurring financial penalty 08 Mar 2019
Due date for payment of tuition fees 08 Mar 2019
Census date – last date to discontinue GCBusLead without incurring financial penalty 31 Mar 2019
Semester 1 classes end 01 Jun 2019
Semester 1 grades released 03 Jul 2019


Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers three income-support payments for Australian university students. These are:

  • Youth Allowance (for people aged 16 to 24),
  • Austudy (for people aged 25 and over), and
  • ABSTUDY (for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).

More information about these payments is available through the Centrelink website, or at any Centrelink Service Centre.

Indicative annual fee

The indicative annual fee for 2019 is AUD $16,480.00.

The ‘indicative annual fee’ is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit student contribution and tuition fees for more information.

How to apply

To apply, click on the link  and complete the application form. Include a current copy of your resume, and officially certified academic transcripts of any degrees and diplomas as part of your application.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be assessed by The University of Queensland, and the QTC Education Program team will contact you to update you on the outcome of your application.

If you require assistance in completing your application, or have any questions about the application process, contact the QTC Education Program team at or on 1800 974 551.

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