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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Develop the knowledge, practices, and dispositions required for future professional midwifery practice and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an innovative program with a strong regional focus. This program is designed to prepare you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to practice midwifery in a multidisciplinary context and in a variety of settings.

Skills for evaluating evidence for best midwifery practice, as well as for development of self, others and the profession, are also features of the program. You will be exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and environments in order to help develop the ability to think critically about the role of the midwife in the maternity care setting.

On successful completion of this program you will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The program incorporates two models of clinical placements at both the Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses:

The Employment model: The health agency employs students and enables students to learn in the workplace while studying to gain their clinical experience. Students are mentored to consolidate their clinical experience. Potential students make applications to both FedUni and an affiliated clinical agency of their choice. You will need to contact the midwifery educator in the facilities that you are interested in, to check the availability of employment positions and the application process for these positions.

The Supernumerary model: Students gain clinical experience and expertise through clinical placements in healthcare agencies as supernumerary workforce. Their clinical learning experience is facilitated by clinical educators in the workplace. Learning will take place in a number of metropolitan, rural and regional agencies in Eastern Victoria for Gippsland based students and Western Victoria for Ballarat based students.

  • Midwife

Following successful registration with AHPRA, graduates may work as a midwife in either healthcare or community settings.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

HEAPH6001, 15 credit points
MIDGD6201, 30 credit points
MIDGD6202, 15 credit points

Semester 2

MIDGD6204, 15 credit points

Students are required to attend two compulsory residential schools per semester at either the Mt Helen or Churchill campus.

Full-time students are required to attend 5 days for each residential school, with part-time students attending 3 days per week in year 1, and 2 days per week in year 2. Residential schools are held at the beginning and mid-way through each semester. Dates will be advised with letter of enrolment.

In addition, full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 360 hours of clinical placement per semester, this may be as a block of full-time placement or flexible placement of 2-3 shifts per week. Part-time students will complete a minimum of 200 hours of placement per semester in year 1, and 160 hours per semester in year 2.

All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences (further information below under the `industry experience' tab).

All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences.

This program requires a total of 720 placement hours.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Applicants for this program will need to meet the following criteria.

Registered Nurse wanting to achieve registration as a midwife:

  • Applicants must be a Registered nurse currently on the AHPRA register with a Bachelor of Nursing qualification, and at least one year's recent post-registration acute medical/surgical nursing experience.

Registered Midwife wanting to upgrade their qualification to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery:

  • Applicants must be a Registered midwife currently on the AHPRA register and who meet the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia recency of practice registration standard.

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 7.0, or equivalent

Extra requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application 

All applicants must complete and submit the Essential Requirements form.

Extra requirements to be supplied with application:

Proof of AHPRA registration
Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Relevant vaccinations with signed declaration of immunisation status
Letter of employment or clinical support (if applicable)
You should be aware that healthcare organisations recommend all health staff to have relevant vaccinations to protect themselves and their patients/clients. It is recommended that you have relevant vaccinations along with a signed declaration of immunisation status prior to clinical placement. Please refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition at

You will be required to undertake a police check (renewed annually) and a Working With Children Check (renewed every five years). This will be required to be presented to an authorised staff member of a healthcare organisation.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Federation University Australia encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: MW4

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,445 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


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Graduates may be eligible to move onto the Master of Nursing (by Research), or other forms of postgraduate study.


Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as professional midwives. For further information please visit

Please note eligibility requirements for registration as a Registered Midwife in Australia are determined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). For further information please visit


To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Kathryn Brundell