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Diploma of Community Services

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CHC52015 Cricos: 094459J

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

23 months full time

Duration

18 months

Requirements

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

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

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.
  • Community Services Case Manager
  • Community Worker
  • Case Support Worker
  • Child Welfare Officer

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.
I think everybody that moves into this career path, they really get satisfaction out of their roles.
Chloe Carter-Smith
Diploma of Community Services CHC52015, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner

Course Details

Delivery methods

You must undertake 400 hours of practical work placement. Due to COVID-19 delivery will be blended (consisting of virtual classrooms via Zoom, online and some practical classes on campus).

  • Blended learning
  • Practical work placement
  • Research and online activities
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments

Class Schedule

Preston: Tues to Thurs 9am - 4pm

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including demonstration of skills and knowledge in simulated workplaces, written pieces, classroom activities, presentations, projects and practical work placement.

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 Job Trainer Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $9050 $16150
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $9300 $16400
Per year $13300
Per semester $6650
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

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

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

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, counselling 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.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

Prior to enrolment, applicants must meet the following entry requirements for this course:

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • Attend a course information session
  • Attend a course interview session.
  • Undertake the required language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • A Working With Children’s Check
  • A clear Police Check

Prior to attending an interview for the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, please access and read the following documents from the Australian Community Workers Association:

  • Code of Ethics
  • Australian Community Work Practice Guidelines

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 to attend a course information session.

Following attendance at a course information session, you will be invited to attend a selection interview.

After the selection interview, successful applicants will be provided with a Letter of Offer for their course. The letter will include information for completing the enrolment process.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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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