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Diploma of Community Services

  • Diploma

The community services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia. Close to 1.7 million people were employed in this industry, which is projected to increase to over 1.9 million by 2023. This is an industry where passionate people with the right skills are always in demand.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
23 months full-time
Course Code
CHC52015, 094459J
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul

About this course

Make a career of fighting social disadvantage

The community services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia. Close to 1.7 million people were employed in this industry, which is projected to increase to over 1.9 million by 2023. This is an industry where passionate people with the right skills are always in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Community Services graduates learn the skills to make tangible differences in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Build on your existing skills

Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Community Services takes your existing qualifications and skills in community services and builds on them to advance your career. This qualification is highly regarded in the sector and offers flexible placements, with the option of arranging a placement in your current workplace. Our on-site community services facilities are fully equipped to help you develop real-world skills. You might also have the opportunity to work on initiatives with our community partners. Delivered by qualified staff with wide-ranging community sector experience, including former Melbourne Polytechnic students that now work in the field, our approach focuses on human development throughout life. Our teachers know the industry well and are keen to pass on their practical knowledge to see you succeed.

Take your career to another level

This course will prepare you to work in a broad range of community services roles in direct practice or team leadership. Areas of employment may include case management, family violence support, child protection, refugee and general migrant settlement, and housing support. You'll be qualified to work as a child welfare officer, social housing coordinator, community services case manager or in a related role. Once you have successfully completed the Diploma of Community Services, we might advise you to apply to tertiary institutions offering courses in social work and community development.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, applicants must meet the following entry requirements for this course:

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • Attend a course information session
  • Attend a course interview session.
  • Undertake the required language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • A Working With Children's Check
  • A clear Police Check

Prior to attending an interview for the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, please access and read the following documents from the Australian Community Workers Association:

  • Code of Ethics
  • Australian Community Work Practice Guidelines

Study locations

Preston

Career pathways

On completion, you'll be qualified to work as a Child Welfare Officer, Social Housing Coordinator, Community Services Case Manager or related role.

  • Community Services Case Manager
  • Community Worker
  • Case Support Worker
  • Child Welfare Officer

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.