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 1pm–4pm
  • 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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20 Compulsory
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 Compulsory
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 Compulsory
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control 35 Compulsory
  Total nominal hours 180  
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 VDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VDSS 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 VDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2025 key dates

First round applications open Monday 12 August 2024
First round applications close Sunday 6 October 2024
Schools notified Monday 14 October 2024
Late applications open Wednesday 16 October 2024
Late applications close Wednesday 6 November 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 27 November 2024.

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 Wednesday 5 February 2025.

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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