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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2020: AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
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Degree overview

  • Learn the skills and knowledge used by information management professionals.
  • A pathway into further study in Library and Information Management or Archives and Records Management.
  • 100 per cent of our assessed research rated at or above world-class1.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research. 



In the Graduate Certificate in Information Management you will learn skills in information management and retrieval. You will also study the foundations of technology use in the information professions.

This graduate certificate is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification.

If you finish this qualification and want to do further study, consider going on to the Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives and Records Management) or the Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn basic skills in information management and retrieval. You will also study the foundations of how technology is used in the information professions.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Technological Foundations INFS 5107 4.5
Information Management Foundations INFS 5104 4.5
Information Resources and Services INFS 5079 4.5
Information Management Professional Practice INFS 5087 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • research and reporting
  • essays and case studies

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


UniSA’s research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the Advanced Computing Research Centre or the Strategic Information Management Lab.

Advanced Computing Research Centre

As one of the largest Research Centres at UniSA, the ACRC is home to a network of dedicated and highly esteemed researchers, staff, Higher Degree by Research students and Alumni. There are more than 30 members and 70 PhD students working on research across intelligent software engineering, visualisation and augmented reality, health informatics, security and information assurance, data analytics and business intelligence.

Strategic Information Management Lab

Enterprise data and information are increasingly recognised as among the most valuable, if not the most valuable proprietary resources that organisations possess. The mission of this research group is to advance knowledge of how information can be managed more effectively; and to investigate how more value can be extracted from enterprise information to enhance organisational performance and have a positive economic impact for the nation and society.

Why Graduate Certificate in Information Management

Why this Degree

A 2016 Australian Library and Information Association report states that in order to gain employment in the library and information management sector, qualifications are becoming increasingly important1.

You will learn the basic skills and knowledge used by information management professionals, including accessing resources, technological foundations, and the foundations and professional practice of information

This graduate certificate is a pathway into further study at the University of South Australia in Library and Information Management or Archives and Records Management.

1 ALIA – LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2016

Real-world connections

Our School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences has more than 200 industry partners. In your courses you will have opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements with our partners.

This master degree has a strong foundation in contemporary professional practice. It has been developed and is delivered in partnership with industry – in particular the State Library of South Australia, State Records of South Australia, and the UniSA Library.

Staff members from each of these industry partners teach and guest lecture in the courses, melding theory and practice and creating a convergence between librarianship, records management, and archives.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This qualification will get you on the pathway towards a career in libraries, archive and records management, or teacher librarianship.

A 2016 report1 from the Australian Library and Information Association states that that qualifications are becoming increasingly important in this sector. There will be a small increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for unqualified staff.

Careers you could consider:

  • librarian: managing and resourcing a branch library, a section of a large library, a small special library, or a research program; supervising and leading staff; providing expert advice on strategic information management; managing major projects such as information technology systems
  • records manager: managing the storage and maintenance organisational records; maintaining the legal requirements of record keeping and freedom of information; ensuring the responsible and appropriate disposal of records
  • archivist: authenticating and appraising historical documents and archival materials; maintaining accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases; locating new materials and organising their acquisition and display

1 ALIA – LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2016

Industry facts


The economic contribution of the internet and digital-enabled economy is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 20201.

1 Deloitte Access Economics (2015)


The contribution digital technology makes to the Australian economy is forecast to grow from $79 billion (2014) to $139 billion (2020)1.

1 Australia’s Digital Pulse - Computer Society, 2016


Strong growth in the Australian ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 81,000 jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth1.

1 Australia’s Digital Pulse - Australian Computer Society, 2017

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am the Program Director of Library & Information Management and Business Information Management at the University of South Australia.

I work with post graduate students and industry to make sure that our programs are relevant to library and information management, archives, and records management professionals. We make sure our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that make them valued in the work place in Australia or internationally.

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director

Portrait image for Dr Diane Velasquez
Portrait image for Dr Diane Velasquez

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director


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