About the course

About the course

If you aspire to operate at an advanced skill level or have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers, this community services course is for you. You’ll be ready to work as a community services professional in a range of service delivery roles including direct client work, community education or community development projects. You’ll understand how to provide support to people in need of assistance and how to link clients to appropriate services and government departments. 

You'll study subjects including:

  • counselling
  • case management
  • mental health
  • family violence prevention and intervention
  • drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • legal and ethical compliance
  • diversity and communication
  • dual diagnosis
  • workplace critical incident debriefing

The Victorian State Government have recently announced the Social Services Jobs Guarantee which will guarantee all students a job in the social services sector when they graduate from the Diploma of Community Services (between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2024). You can now enrol in this Free TAFE course, with the assurance of a job when you finish. Employers in Community Services will also be supported to take on graduates, helping them fill jobs and develop their organisations.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February & July

If you are interesed in studying the Diploma of Community Services in 2024, please register your interest and we will communicate with you when we have more information.

Full time: 18 months (generally 2 days per week plus 2 days per week placement - in the second and third semesters)

Your classes will be conducted remotely, with a teacher, via MS Teams.  Some on-campus classes may be timetabled as well.

As a prospective student it is important for you to know that when you enrol in this blended delivery course you will:

  • speak to your teacher prior to commencing the course (we want to get to know you and help you set yourself up correctly at home so that participation in our classes is seamless)
  • meet your classmates regularly through both online classrooms and face to face in the classroom
  • have the opportunity to engage in interactive and lively discussion
  • acquire new skills that are completely relevant to the changes currently being experienced in the community services sector
  • receive all the support that a student on campus would receive (eg: access to our library team, guest speakers, learning support, student counsellors and technical support)

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to apply for roles such as: 

  • community services worker
  • NDIS support worker
  • early intervention worker
  • group facilitator
  • youth officer
  • support facilitator
  • case worker

Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of community services organisations.

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Entry Requirements

You must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a Working with Children Check and Police Record Check for industry work placement and future employment in this field
  • have a COVID19 vaccination certificate (or medical exemption) to attend on campus and for industry work placement

An NDIS Worker Screening Check may be required for work with NDIS participants.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW - to assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment. A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Pathways & Accreditation

This course has a guaranteed pathway into the Bachelor of Community Services at Box Hill Institute (direct entry into second year). Completion of this course will also enable you to negotiate up to 8 credit points (equivalent to one year full time study) for the following programs at Deakin University:

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$7,741$16,413
Service & Amenity Fee$260$260$260
Material Fee$165$165$165
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$425$8,166$16,838
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$425$4,691$9,410

Service & Amenity Fee may very depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You'll study 16 units over 18 months within 3 teaching semesters (Stages 1 to 3). 

To be assessed as competent in this qualification, you are required to undertake placement in Stages 2 and 3 of the program. You will need to undertake 400 hours of work placement (200 hours in each of Stage 2 and Stage 3) which is equivalent to a four day per week commitment in this part of the course.

Feedback provided by a workplace supervisor will contribute to assessment of your ability to work at this level.

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