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Community Services

Diploma of

Free TAFE Code: CHC52015 Cricos: 094459J
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

20 months full time / 2 years part time

Duration

20 months full time / 2 years part time

Requirements

Aged 18 years +. Police Check and Working with Children.

Next Intake

October

Next Intake

October

Make a career of fighting social disadvantage

The community services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia. Close to 1.7 million people were employed in this industry, which is projected to increase to over 1.9 million by 2023. This is an industry where passionate people with the right skills are always in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Community Services graduates learn the skills to make tangible differences in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Build on your existing skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Community Services takes your existing qualifications and skills in community services and builds on them to advance your career. This qualification is highly regarded in the sector and offers flexible placements, with the option of arranging a placement in your current workplace. Our on-site community services facilities are fully equipped to help you develop real-world skills. You might also have the opportunity to work on initiatives with our community partners. Delivered by qualified staff with wide-ranging community sector experience, including former Melbourne Polytechnic students that now work in the field, our approach focuses on human development throughout life. Our teachers know the industry well and are keen to pass on their practical knowledge to see you succeed.

Take your career to another level

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. You'll be qualified to work as a child welfare officer, social housing coordinator, community services case manager or in a related role. Once you have successfully completed the Diploma of Community Services, we might advise you to apply to tertiary institutions offering courses in social work and community development.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

On completion, you’ll be qualified to work as a Child Welfare Officer, Social Housing Coordinator, Community Services Case Manager or related role.
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Community Services Case Manager
  • Community Worker
  • Case Support Worker

Pathways

Once 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.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

Compulsory work placement 400 hours (200 hours in Year 1 and 200 hours in Year 2).

  • Simulated work environment
  • Work placements
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Compulsory work placement 400 hours (200 hours in Year 1 and 200 hours in Year 2) Greensborough: 9am-4pm (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Preston: 9am-4pm (Monday, Thursday and Friday)

Part time:
Mon 5pm - 9pm
Wed 5pm - 9pm
Sat 9am - 4.30pm

Assessment Methods

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.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCADV005 PROVIDE SYSTEMS ADVOCACY SERVICES Elective 90
CHCCCS004 ASSESS CO-EXISTING NEEDS Elective 80
CHCCCS007 DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SERVICE PROGRAMS Core 100
CHCCDE011 IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES Elective 70
CHCCOM003 DEVELOP WORKFORCE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES Core 100
CHCCSL001 ESTABLISH AND CONFIRM COUNSELLING RELATIONSHIP Elective 100
CHCCSM005 DEVELOP, FACILITATE AND REVIEW ALL ASPECTS OF CASE MANAGEMENT Elective 75
CHCDEV001 CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS Elective 60
CHCDEV002 ANALYSE THE IMPACTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL FACTORS ON CLIENTS IN COMMUNITY WORK AND SERVICES Core 100
CHCDFV006 COUNSEL CLIENTS AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Elective 50
CHCDIV003 MANAGE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY Core 80
CHCLEG003 MAINTAIN LEGAL AND ETHICAL COMPLIANCE Core 80
CHCMGT005 FACILITATE WORKPLACE DEBRIEFING AND SUPPORT PROCESSES Core 120
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Core 40
CHCPRP003 REFLECT AND IMPROVE ON PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Core 120
HLTWHS004 MANAGE WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $8700 $15500
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $8950 $15750
Per year $12768
Per semester $6384

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.
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Requirements

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • Applicants under 18 will be assessed by the department for course suitability and pathway options.
  • Applicants under 18 are encouraged to contact the department to make a time for a suitability appointment.
  • you are expected to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of the training and the workplace
  • 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

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) level.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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