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What is Community Development

Community development enables communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution. 

Community Development practitioners make a real difference by developing programs and initiatives to build strong, participatory and sustainable communities.

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and skills required for leadership and management in the community sector. 

This Diploma will prepare you for a rewarding career where you can make a real difference in your community. Play a role in educating the public through programs on health advocacy and community consultation.

Job titles

  • Community development officer
  • Community builder
  • Neighbourhood centre manager
  • Settlement worker
  • Community housing worker

Organisations employing community development graduates

Graduates can typically find employment in a wide range of roles in not-for-profit and charitable organisations, community or government sectors.





Level 1 - Margarita Windisch


Level 2 - Melinda Brown                                                           


MidYear2016 Group - Mary D'Agostino




Graduates of the Diploma of Community Services are eligible to receive 8 Credit Points into the following Bachelor programs at VU; Bachelor of Social Work (ABSW) or Bachelor of Community Development (ABCD).  Students may apply for entry into to higher level courses offered by other training and education providers.

Call us on +61 3 9919 6100 to discuss RPL options with the course manager.


Course Structure

To qualify for the Diploma of Community Development (CHC52115) students must successfully complete a total of fourteen (14) units of competency, comprising of: Eight (8) Core Units, and six (6) Elective Units.

Electives have been carefully chosen in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CHC Community Services Training Package and extensive industry consultation. 

Units covered are;


CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity

CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies

CHCCDE008 Support Community Action

HLTWHS003 Maintain health work health and safety

CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

CHCCDE009 Develop and support community leadership

CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs

CHCCDE010 Develop and lead community engagement strategies to enhance participation


CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

CHCDFV003 Promote community awareness  of  domestic and family violence

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services

CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process



Admission Requirements


This course is designed for people who are interested in working with individuals and groups in relation to social justice and social change.  A minimum of 6 months industry experience is required (paid or voluntary).  Applicants without experience in the Community Sector are advised to complete the Certificate IV in Community Services first.

To be successful in this course, students will need to possess literacy skills at a year 12 standard or above.  A mandatory online literacy and numeracy assessment is completed as part of the application process.


To be assessed as competent in this qualification, students are required to undertake one 200hr supervised fieldwork placement in a relevant community service delivery setting (semester 2), and one Industry Project (semester 3)

Participation in fieldwork placements requires a satisfactory Police Check.  Working with children checks (WWCC) may be required to participate in fieldwork placements.  Whilst this is not an admission requirement, students will not be able to successfully complete the qualification if they are unable to undertake the fieldwork component.  Students are advised of this at information sessions prior to enrolment.



To successfully complete this course students are required to attend 80% of classes for all units. If students are unable to attend it is expected that medical certificates are provided. Irregular and poor attendance may result in the student progress policy being implemented.


Course Information Sessions

An upcoming information session is being held to give you the chance to learn more about studying these courses.

The session will include course presentations, a short written task, and an opportunity to enrol.


  • 21st February, 2017
  • 28th February, 2017


  • T226

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