Looking to aid allied health professionals with the care of clients? The Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance is a two-year partial completion program where you’ll gain essential skills and enhance your employability in the health industry. It’s also a first step into further study in allied health assistance, nursing or paramedical science.

  • Wantirna campus
  • Two years part-time
  • Wednesday 1.00pm – 4.00pm
  • classroom/online delivery
  • Materials fee: Year 1=$76, Year 2=$76

Units of competency

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 30 Compulsory
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 25 Compulsory
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20 Compulsory
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities 30 Compulsory
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement 25 Compulsory
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service 30 Compulsory
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern 20 Compulsory
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid 18 Elective
  Total nominal hours 198  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 60 60 Compulsory
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems 70 Compulsory
HLTHPS001 Take clinical measurements 50 Elective
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals 20 Elective
CHCCC5015 Provide individualised support 30 Elective
  Total nominal hours 230  


On successful completion of this program,students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for one unit at Units 1 and 2 level and a minimum of three units at Units 3 and 4 level.

    Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the scored Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Health must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the students best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

    Refer to the VCAA Health Program booklet [DOC 146KB].
  • Qualification: be eligible for a Statement of Attainment listing the units achieved.

Complementary studies include Chemistry, Biology, Health and Human Development.

Career opportunities include allied health assistant, disability support worker, personal care assistant and therapy assistant.

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VETDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VETDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VETDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2024 key dates

First round applications open Monday 14 August 2023
First round applications close Sunday 8 October 2023
Schools notified Monday 16 October 2023
Late applications open Wednesday 18 October 2023
Late applications close Tuesday 30 January 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November 2022.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence the week of Monday 30 January 2023.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email VETDSS@swin.edu.au