Congratulations to our newest graduates!

On behalf of all at ACPNS, a HUGE congratulations to all our newest graduates who celebrated their graduation last Sunday night! 

A particularly special congratulations for successfully studying through the COVID-19 pandemic and the flood crisis. We are aware that some of our students were personally affected by COVID and the flood crisis so we are very proud of their achievements.

We wish all our students well for what is ahead in this vibrant sector!


Are YOU thinking of studying?

Our recently revised, up-to-the-minute courses are designed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and there are scholarships available for new students. Check out the new units in the Graduate Certificate of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) and enroll now.


This unit enables non-accountants to understand financial information. Developing basic financial literacy and an appreciation of accountability is necessary for managers, executives and board members of organisations across the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors. Being able to interpret financial reports is critical to understand the financial position of an organisation, and therefore practice good governance, decision making, transparency, the achievement of an organisation’s purpose, strategic decision-making, and communicating with both internal and external stakeholders. The unit also equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake budgeting activities that support the broader operational decision-making processes. Finally, specific financial and accountability challenges which face for profit, nonprofit and public sector organisations are examined.


Fundraising and philanthropy are related and vital topics for the community and the broad nonprofit sector. The unit initially offers students a grounding based on history, terminology, key theories and models of these practices. It then explores key principles and techniques of fundraising to provide insights into what fundraising organisations must do now and in the emergent future to meet the needs of both the community and donors in a strategic way. The latter half of the subject allows students to investigate the philanthropy landscape from its structures, applied skills and knowledge needed, and critiques to its role in civil society. The subject builds understanding of both theory and practice in fundraising and philanthropic behaviour through a variety of resources.


This unit represents a new way of thinking about IMC. Driven by the idea that everything is digital, this unit enhances traditional concepts of integration and synergy with new touchpoints of communication and new tools of measurement to deliver and optimise the ultimate customer experience.


Excellent enterprises generate a profit, but also seek to achieve these economic benefits ethically and sustainably – thus minimising impact on people and planet. In this multidisciplinary business core unit, you will develop an applied understanding of ethical frameworks in business, and practise critical systems thinking and problem solving skills required for effective leadership in the future world of work. You will explore your own values in relation to Indigenous Australian, philosophical and psychological ethical perspectives. You will apply a valuesbased approach to conceptualising and addressing complex systems and business problems aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spanning for-profit, not-for-profit, government and hybrid contexts. This unit informs further study across the breadth of business disciplines, developing business capabilities to prepare you for the future of business and ignite your career.


This unit introduces the Third Sector sector and explores the demands of being managing human, financial and operational resources and activities. Organisations in this sector address complex and wicked problems, so managers are expected to adopt management theory and strategies which effectively and efficiently create positive outcomes and impact for individuals and communities. This unit explores management theory and practices that focus on, understanding organisational and community problems, building and maintaining social and human capital, and implementing good practice in professional and organisational contexts. Additionally, nonprofit organisations and social enterprises are increasingly seeking new sources of revenue, developing social innovations and programs, and using data to harness insights to drive decision making. This means the need for effective social business planning, strategy, and diverse managerial skills is critical in today’s environment.


This unit will provide you with an understanding of the interplay between organisational effectiveness, long-term sustainability, and the management and organisation of people in the workplace. The unit fosters discipline knowledge, analytical and action orientated competencies and prepares students for advanced study in the field. This unit is the foundation unit in HRM in the MBus (HRM) and related courses. It overviews the profession of HRM and the practice of the HR Professional in the organisation.

Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)
Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)



Find out more by calling ACPNS directly on 07 3138 1020 or emailing You can also find out more on our Study with us page

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