18 months full time / 2 years part time
18 months full time / 2 years part time
February, July, February, July, Midyear
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.
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.
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.
"It means future to me now. 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.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."
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)
Mon 5pm - 9pm
Wed 5pm - 9pm
Sat 9am - 4.30pm
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.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCCDE011||IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES||Core||70|
|CHCPRP003||REFLECT AND IMPROVE ON PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||Core||120|
|CHCDEV001||CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS||Core||60|
|CHCMGT005||FACILITATE WORKPLACE DEBRIEFING AND SUPPORT PROCESSES||Core||120|
|CHCDIV003||MANAGE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY||Core||80|
|CHCDEV002||ANALYSE THE IMPACTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL FACTORS ON CLIENTS IN COMMUNITY WORK AND SERVICES||Core||100|
|CHCLEG003||MAINTAIN LEGAL AND ETHICAL COMPLIANCE||Core||80|
|CHCCCS004||ASSESS CO-EXISTING NEEDS||Core||80|
|CHCADV005||PROVIDE SYSTEMS ADVOCACY SERVICES||Core||90|
|CHCMHS007||WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE||Core||40|
|CHCCCS007||DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SERVICE PROGRAMS||Core||100|
|CHCCSM005||DEVELOP, FACILITATE AND REVIEW ALL ASPECTS OF CASE MANAGEMENT||Core||75|
|CHCCSL001||ESTABLISH AND CONFIRM COUNSELLING RELATIONSHIP||Core||100|
|CHCCOM003||DEVELOP WORKFORCE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES||Core||100|
|HLTWHS004||MANAGE WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY||Core||40|
|CHCDFV006||COUNSEL CLIENTS AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE||Core||50|
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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.
Other: Applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form.
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.
All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrollment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.
You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here
If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 03 9269 8400
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