Take your commitment to solving social disadvantage further. Our Diploma of Community Services will give you the right skills to make tangible differences in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Open up your community sector career options
This course will prepare you to work in a broad range of community services roles in direct practice or team leadership.
Areas of employment may include case management, family violence support, child protection, refugee and general migrant settlement and housing support.
Build on your existing skills
The Diploma of Community Services is highly regarded in the sector and offers flexibility in placements (the option of arranging a placement in your current workplaces).
Delivered by qualified staff with wide ranging community sector experience, including former Community Services students now in the field, our approach focuses on human development throughout life.
Industry connections and resources
Our teachers know the industry well and come with years of experience. They’re keen to pass on their practical knowledge to see you succeed. We offer you excellent modern facilities including excellent resources at our campus libraries.
You’ll be qualified to work as a Child Welfare Officer, Social Housing Coordinator, Community Services Case Manager or related role.
You will be assessed in the classroom and the workplace. Assessments include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in class activities, written work, work based projects, group presentations, and research projects.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For additional information on the Diploma of Community Services, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
DepartmentHealth and Community
400 hours of placement after the completion of classroom based training, meaning Year 1 x 200 hours, then Year 2 x 200 hours
Class Schedule: *
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryWorkplace, Classroom
Fees for 2017
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsYou will be assessed in the classroom and the workplace. Assessments include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in class activities, written work, work based projects, group presentations, and research projects.
MaterialsWork books and class materials are supplied. Costs to be advised at information sessions.
- you are expected to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of the training and the workplace
- applicants must demonstrate that a commitment to social justice, human rights and attitudes to provide clients with services that uphold their rights, promote equality, dignity and respect
- to apply, complete the Application Form in detail and return it to Melbourne Polytechnic
- you must also begin the application process by booking online through the 'Apply Now' button
- no interview is required, and applications will be assessed to deem suitability for the course
- you will also need a clear Police Check and a Working with Children Check, for placements
Pathways to further studyOnce you have successfully completed the Diploma of Community Services, we encourage you to apply to tertiary institutions offering courses in the areas of Social Work and Community Development
Career PathwaysThe Diploma of Community Services is the minimum qualification required to work in the Department of Human Services Victoria
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCADV005||Provide systems advocacy services||90|
|CHCCCS004||Assess co-existing needs||80|
|CHCCCS007||Develop and implement service programs||100|
|CHCCDE011||Implement community development strategies||70|
|CHCCOM003||Develop workplace communication strategies||100|
|CHCCSL001||Establish and confirm the counselling relationship||100|
|CHCCSM005||Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management||75|
|CHCDEV001||CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS||60|
|CHCDEV002||ANALYSE IMPACTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL FACTORS ON CLIENTS IN COMMUNITY WORK AND SERVICES||100|
|CHCDIV003||Manage and promote diversity||80|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance||80|
|CHCMGT005||Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes||120|
|CHCPRP003||Reflect on and improve own professional practice||120|
|CHCPRT001||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk||40|
|CHCYTH004||Respond to critical situations||100|
|HLTWHS004||Manage work health and safety||40|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.