Diploma of Sustainable Living (Z1K)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements


Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online and Distance Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

The climate is changing, and we all have a role to play in creating a more sustainable future. The online Diploma of Sustainable Living will help you learn about sustainability on a local, national and international level, and align your studies with what sustainable living means for you.

Throughout this course, you’ll learn practical knowledge about sustainability, and how to apply it to in your home, community, business or social enterprise.

The Diploma is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and provides four engaging themes to focus your studies:

  • Environment, Ecology and Planet
  • Resource Use and Design for Living
  • Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity

Upon graduation, you’ll have a better understanding of your connection to sustainability as an individual, consumer and citizen.

100% HECS fee waivers are available to eligible students in 2022 for the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living and the Diploma of Sustainable Living. The HECS fee waiver is automatically applied when you enrol.  See Fees & Scholarships for more information.

On completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Living graduates will:

CLO1 Identify opportunities to contribute to sustainable living by reflecting on the choices you make in your life

CLO2 Design practical pathways of transformative change for sustainable living

CLO3 Explain the impact your day-to-day activities and decisions have on contributing to the global agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

CLO4 Explain the contribution of disciplinary knowledge of environments, people or societies to sustainable living

The practical experiences of this Diploma are what you make it through your choice of units, and as you take your sustainable living knowledge out into the world and make a difference.

While the Diploma of Sustainable Living is offered 100% online, depending on what you choose to study you could be:

  • growing a bigger, healthier and more productive garden thanks to your understanding of the Science of Gardening,
  • using the principles of Sustainable Design for Houses to inform your house renovations with a focus on improving impact on the environment and your health,
  • Helping maintain a healthy local ecosystem through your own Backyard Biodiversity,
  • Engaging in your community, exploring your local environment, and much more!

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Diploma of Sustainable Living you will possess new skills, outlooks on living, and a deeper understanding of sustainability in an ever changing world which will complement your existing career direction.

Where to from here? Further study options for those interested in sustainability.

Completing a Diploma in Sustainable Living and looking for your next step? Develop the skills to build a better future and continue your passion for sustainability with further study in one of these suggested courses:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major or elective units in Geography and Environment

Bachelor of Business

  • Major in Tourism Management, and include a second major or elective units in Geography and Environment

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness

  • Major in Natural Environment Management

Bachelor of Science

  • Major in Sustainability

Course structure

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.


Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education
- Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

Domestic Applicants with higher education study
- Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).

Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study
- A completed VET Certificate III or higher,

Domestic Applicants with work and life experience:
If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.


If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

This course is currently not offered to international students

Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the Diploma.

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

If you have completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living, you can receive advanced standing for four 12.5 credit point units of the Diploma of Sustainable Living.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Additional costs

The University is offering 100% HECS fee waiver to eligible students in 2022 for the Diploma of Sustainable Living. This means pay no tuition fees for study in 2022.


The 100% HECS fee waiver is a scholarship that is available to all Australian citizens. It is also available to citizens of New Zealand, Permanent Residents, and Humanitarian Visa Holders provided that studies are undertaken while residing in Australia.

The HECS fee waiver excludes the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

For further support, please contact course.info@utas.edu.au or 1300 363 864.

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