The Diploma of Community Services provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the community services sector in residential and community settings. Students will learn how to provide a holistic approach to client needs, including social, emotional, psychological, and practical support.
The course includes a mix of delivery methods, such as face-to-face class time, online work, project work and industry experience (work placement).
This course may be undertaken on-campus or in a workplace training mode, which may be suited to those currently employed in the community services sector.
Students will need to successfully complete work placements, for which they will be required to hold a current Police Check and a current Working with Children Check.
The Hawthorn campus delivery of Diploma of Community Services (Case management specialisation) is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and requires 400 hours of work placement while studying. The Wantirna and Croydon campus delivery are not ACWA accredited and work placement will include a minimum of 100 hours. However, students will have the option to complete another 100 hours of placement for extra experience.
For those already employed in the community services sector, we offer a workplace delivery model of the Diploma of Community Services at our Hawthorn Campus. This is not ACWA accredited.
Students may be required to attend other campuses from time to time for events and other course engagements.
This Free TAFE course is in high demand. Apply early for a better chance of securing your place in it. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the next intake.
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18 months full-time (standard delivery: March and August intakes); 1 year Workplace or Employer delivery (for those currently employed in the community services sector: February and August intakes). Workplace or Employer delivery is online and supported with compulsory monthly Saturday workshops at Hawthorn campus.
Croydon (March, August)
Hawthorn (March, August)
Wantirna (March, August) - View application and start dates
- Workplace Training
VTAC course code
Hawthorn (fee type determined by provider)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
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You could have your tuition fees covered in 2023 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
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