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What is Community Services Work?

This course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association.


The Australian Community Workers Association (the national body for  community work practitioners in Australia) states that,  

"A community worker is a qualified person who, through professional training and field education, has the knowledge, skills and values to work in a social welfare agency or program intended to promote or restore the social functioning of individuals, families, social groups or larger communities - Promoting social justice and maximising human potential are cornerstones of community work." (

This course covers workers who provide a range of services to clients, and/or who implement community education and interventions.

This Diploma qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.


Course Structure








Formal pathways into the course are required. Students are required to either have 6 months industry experience or completion of relevant units within CHC40808 Certificate IV in Community Development. Students who have completed a Certificate IV in Community Services Work can also pathway into this qualification and also students who have completed a Certificate III in Community Services Work, provided they meet the selection criteria.


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


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.


Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into CHC50708 Diploma of Community Development a candidate must:

1.       Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following core units of competency from CHC40808 Certificate IV in Community Development:

  • CHCCD404E       Develop and implement community programs
  • CHCCD412B       Work within a community development framework
  • CHCCD505E       Develop community resources
  • CHCCOM403A   Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
  • CHCCS411C       Work effectively in the community sector
  • CHCINF407D      Meet information needs of the community
  • CHCORG405E   Maintain an effective work environment
  • HLTHIR403C      Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • HLTWHS300A    Contribute to WHS processes


2.       Have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of community development work to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required and including work with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.


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 progress meeting policy being implemented. 

International Students

You must attend 80% of classes to satisfy Federal Government visa requirements if you are an international student. By law (under the ESOS Act) the University is required to report international students to theDepartment of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)(external link) if they breach the conditions of their student visa.


Course Information Sessions

An upcoming information session is being held to give you the chance to learn more about studying these courses. You'll have the opportunity to apply as well.

The session will include course presentations, group interviews, a short written test


  • 18 January 2015 4.00pm - 5.30pm
  • 1 February 2016 11.00am - 12.30pm


  • Level 3, Building D, Hoadley building.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • 18 January 2016 - Room D 308                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • 1 February 2016 - Room D 308

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