Working in community services is one of the most rewarding career opportunities, bringing you into contact with a wonderfully diverse range of people who come from varying backgrounds and situations. Studying this qualification will give you a broad understanding of community services and the skills to responsibly supervise other staff members and volunteers.
A Diploma of Community Services covers work in service delivery, direct work with clients, community education and development projects. Once you’ve completed the diploma, you’ll be able to specialise in many support areas, including aged care, disability and mental health services. Our diploma is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), which will increase your chances of finding a great role in this field. Make a difference in the lives of other people and join the growing community services industry.
This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.
Workshops every month on a Wednesday, rotating campuses. 9.30-3.30
1st years-Monday and Thursday 9.30-3.30
2nd years- Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30-3.30
1st years-Friday 9.30-3.30
Qualifications and RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Services (ACWA Accredited).
- Family support worker
- Case coordinator
- Group facilitator / coordinator
- Case worker or manager
- Pastoral care counsellor
- Client service assessor
- Pastoral care manager
- Community services worker
- Program coordinator or manager
- Community worker
- Senior youth officer / chaplain
- Coordinator * Social welfare worker
- Coordinator family services
- Support facilitator
- Early intervention worker
- Welfare worker
Opportunities for Further Study
Bachelor of Community and Human Services, any bachelor level course in the human services field including social work and behavioural sciences.
Mandatory entry requirements
- Students must undertake and interview and sit an LLN test. Must have a clear police check and hold a Working with Children Check. Must be 18 years or over. Must have a drivers licence or able to get one before placement begins.
Recommended entry requirements
- Previous study or experience in community services
- Suitable internet connectivity
- Suitable technology e.g computer, video capabilities
Participants will need access to a computer and an Internet connection
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Specialist Course Information
- Police check and Working with Children's Check required.
Placement is arranged by: Institute
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Material and Equipment supplied by students
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Provide systems advocacy services
Assess co-existing needs
Develop and implement service programs
Implement community development strategies
Develop workplace communication strategies
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Confirm client developmental status
Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
Manage and promote diversity
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
Implement trauma informed care
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Manage work health and safety
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
- Practical experiences / demonstrations
- Oral presentations
- Group projects
- Group discussions