• Course Code
  • CHC53215
  • Course Type
  • Accredited Course
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Online (With on-campus workshops)
  • Duration
  • 2 years
  • Starting Date
  • July 2019
  • Location
  • Online
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Course Overview

A Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs is a broad qualification that will help you make a difference in the lives of people dealing with alcohol and other drug issues. You will provide counselling, referral and promotion services to connect your clients to the resources that could best serve them.

Workers in this industry need specialist knowledge, especially in the potential legal implications for clients. Gain a deeper understanding of the services that are available and the health issues that come from stem from the abuse of drugs and alcohol. With this specialist diploma, you will become a confident and highly skilled support worker.


This course is online with study skills workshops at Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Warragul.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Career Opportunities

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Case Worker (Community Services)
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Assistant Community Health Worker
  • Assistant Community Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Bachelor of Community and Human Services or any other behavioural sciences undergraduate degree.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Interview
  • Year 12 pass or mature age
  • Interview
  • LLN test


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and an Internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $10150 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



100 (voluntary)
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit Code

Unit Description


Facilitate the counselling relationship and process


Assess co-existing needs


Provide first aid


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Collaborate in professional practice


Research and apply evidence to practice


Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs


Work effectively in trauma informed care


Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues


Work with diverse people


Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management


Coordinate complex case requirements


Establish and confirm the counselling relationship


Establish and manage client relationships


Use communication to build relationships


Develop and implement service programs


Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans


Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management


Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues


Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


Provide systems advocacy services


Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence


Written assignments, participation in forums, quizzes, case studies, research activities

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