Diploma of Community Services (Statutory & Forensic Child, Youth & Family Welfare Specialisation) (ACWA Accredited)

This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

Note that the Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria.
In addition, to meet the minimum education requirements for entry into child protection practice in Victoria, diploma qualifications must be approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Course Code


Course Type

Accredited Course



Study mode

On Campus

Combination of Online and Campus based


2 years






Campus Attendance Days
Online: 20/02/2023 There will be weekly online classes and drop in workshops for delivery and assessment support.
Traralgon: 22/02/2023

Wednesday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Students will attend TAFE one day a week and placements will be arranged later in the course with their placement coordinator.

Warragul: 24/02/2023

Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Students will attend TAFE one day a week and placements will be arranged later in the course with their placement coordinator.

Career opportunities

Community Care Manager, Coordinator of Volunteer Work, Team Leader, Care Team Leader, Family Services Coordinator, Support Facilitator (Community Services), Community Housing Resources Worker, Community Development Worker for Social Housing, Community Recreation Coordinator, Housing Manager, Housing Assistant, Assistant Community Worker, Community Worker, Aboriginal Housing Worker, Community Services Coordinator, Case Coordinator (Disability), Youth Housing Support Worker, Family Support Worker, Community Access Coordinator, Pastoral Care Counsellor, Aboriginal Neighbourhood House Coordinator, Case Coordinator (Community Services), Welfare Support Worker, Senior Youth Worker, Disability Team Leader, Support Facilitator (Disability), Community Housing Worker, Community Work Coordinator, Early Intervention Worker, Community Program Coordinator, Pastoral Care Worker, Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for further study

Bachelor level courses in Community Welfare, Counselling, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Services (Statutory & Forensic Child, Youth & Family Welfare Specialisation) (ACWA Accredited).


Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of placement over the duration of the course. Usually students complete 140-200 hours in their first year and 200-260 hours in the second year. Placements must be in approved locations. Both placements must be completed to graduate from the qualification.
Placement for students is organised by the placement coordinator and approved by the teaching team and or Program Manager. Students can received RPL for 260 hours of placement (current work/past work) but must still complete 140 hours of placement in another location for placement 2.
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Specialist Course Information

All successful students must be able to provide a clear National Police Check and Working with Children Check

Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • Applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test as well as a Pre-Training Review to determine whether they are suitable for this course. Applicants then must undertake an interview and also meet the below requirements:
  • Year 11 pass or Mature age
  • Must have clear Police Check and Working With Children Check.
  • Full Drivers licence

Recommended entry requirements:

  • Reliable internet connectivity
  • Suitable technology e.g computer, video capabilities to participate in Online classes
  • Suitable levels of digital literacy
Limitations to entry:
  • For Forensic Statutory Stream:
  • Limited numbers due to the specificities of placement.
  • Current service user.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.

CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs