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There is no legislated minimum duration for a course of study conducted by an approved institution. 

A course of study includes any course included in Section 10 of the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2009 (No.2) (November 2009). Further, in alignment with DHS guidelines:

Approved secondary courses include:

  • An accredited secondary course through a secondary school or TAFE, higher education institution or special school;
  • English as a second language course;
  • Preparatory courses for tertiary education;
  • School based apprenticeship or traineeship; or
  • Some language, literacy and numeracy courses.

Approved tertiary courses include:

  • Statement of Attainment and other accredited training programs;
  • Tertiary level Open Learning;
  • Certificate and advanced certificate;
  • Diploma and advanced diploma;
  • Undergraduate bachelor degree and honours years;
  • Graduate certificate, graduate diploma and degree;
  • Masters qualifying courses;
  • Professionally oriented masters by coursework programs approved on a case-by-case basis.