Course Information
The Diploma of Sustainability is a cross cutting qualification designed to assist students to gain a better understanding
of how to apply sustainability concepts to their current stream of studies and/or existing qualifications and/or their
professional work environment. The cost of this program is usually $1920 but places are available to Local Government
staff under the Productivity Places Program at a cost of only $192 to the Local Government employer for April and June
2011 intakes. This Diploma is delivered on line part time in 4 x 8 week modules over two semesters. Online delivery
makes this course accessible to almost all Local Government staff wherever they work.
The Diploma of Sustainability is designed to be delivered as a dual qualification, in conjunction with another Diploma
or higher level qualification. This means that students will be enrolled in the Diploma of Sustainability while undertaking,
or having already completed, another Diploma/ Advanced Diploma/ Degree in any field. To complete the Diploma of
Sustainability students are required to successfully complete the 4 specialised units (outlined below) and the
qualification they are completing in their chosen field of study (or already hold a qualification at diploma level or higher).
This method of delivery of the Diploma ensures that participants have the opportunity to contextualise the concepts of
sustainability with their primary course of study or their occupation.
Diploma of Sustainability Specialisation Core Units:
Prerequisites* Hours
Apply the concepts of sustainability to a major
Develop and implement a programme to support
behavioural change and sustainable practices
Develop a business plan for responsive and
sustainable businesses
Analyse the long-term outcomes of sustainable
production and consumption
* In order to qualify for the Diploma of Sustainability you must also complete or have already completed
another qualification in any field at Diploma level or higher.
Course Facilitators
Trisha Drioli, Lecturer
Trisha has a background in economics and accounting and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She has worked in
Sustainability and Environmental management since 1993, at both the local and State Government level, managing
policy and projects in environment departments, the EPA and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In the late 90s,
Trisha wrote and delivered a Sustainability Awareness Program for 11 metropolitan councils as part of a capacity
building program for local government. Since 2003, Trisha was the Sustainability Manager at SA Water, developing and
implementing policy and program changes aimed at moving the organisation towards sustainability. Trisha is committed
to the development of sustainability thinking across government, recognizing the need to integrate the social and
economic factors into the more traditional environmental areas.
David Cole, Lecturer (Part Time)
David is an environmental and natural resources lawyer with extensive experience in advising both the public and
private sectors across Australia. David is well known for his expertise in environmental planning (including
environmental impact assessment), pollution response and management including contaminated land, water resources,
and environmental due diligence. David also has extensive experience as a higher education teacher, principally in
environmental law, and as a course designer and presenter for professional training in the area of environmental
David is a member of the National Environmental Law Association, the Australian Land and Groundwater Association
and Law Society of South Australia and holds the following qualifications:
 Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
 Master of Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide
 Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia
Steve Kostoff, Lecturer (Part Time)
Steve is a former graduate of Adelaide University (BA Geog) and is the CEO of Green Business Audit & Training, a
Registered Training Organisation (RTO) specialising in environmental consulting and training. The RTO provides
solutions for business and organisational sustainability, carbon management, and ‘whole of organisation’ environmental
management systems. His dedicated environmental consultancy has worked with TAFE, State and Federal
Governments, and many business and community organisations. In addition, Steve has had a substantial commercial
and business career spanning the Retail, Telco and Franchising sectors, facilitating the application of sustainability
strategies within those sectors.
As part of the Al Gore team, Steve has just returned from the Asia Pacific Climate Summit (Jakarta, Jan. 2011), where
he mentored international delegates selected to work with the Al Gore Climate Project. Consistent with a global
perspective, he is also working with consultants in South East Europe to facilitate and build capacity for environmental
strategies to assist in meeting EU standards of operation.
Steve has additional qualifications in Business Management, Training and Environmental Auditing.
Margaret Barron, Principal Lecturer
Margaret is a Principal Lecturer at TAFE SA and has overall responsibility for the online content and instructional design
of the Diploma of Sustainability offered by TAFE SA. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the use of flexible
delivery teaching methodologies. Margaret is the author of Australia’s largest selling basic text book on commercial law
and holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, South Australian Institute of Technology,
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia
Graduate Diploma in Education (Education and Training of Adults), University of South Australia
Advanced Diploma of Management
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, TAFE SA
Contact Us
Local Government Studies
TAFE SA Adelaide City Campus 120 Currie St Adelaide 5000
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Course Information DIPLOMA OF SUSTAINABILITY (online)