- Government funding is available for eligible candidates in Victoria only.
This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, coordinating 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.
Note that the Statutoryasnd forensic child, youth and family welfare specialisation must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria.
In addition, to meet the minimum education requirements for entry into child protection practice in Victoria, diploma qualifications must be approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and a minimum of 400 hours of work placement must be completed.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Disabilities Services Officer
- Family Support Worker
- Parole and Probation Officers
- Residential Care Officers
- Youth Workers
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
53 weeks full-time / 78 weeks part-time.
- The course will be delivered over 52 weeks including three weeks’ holidays.
- Classwork is delivered over a 49-week block.
- Students will undertake 120 hours of work placement during 52 weeks period.
- The classes will be delivered at 131 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.
- There are no specific entry requirements for CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.
- Prior to enrolling in this course, students must complete Victorian International Academy’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment and pre-training review interview so we can assess the suitability of this course to meet your needs.
- For a successful enrolment students must be 18 years old.
- As a registered NDIS provider (through VIA Care) additional work placement and career opportunities are available within the community services sector.
- You are required to complete a compulsory 120 hours work placement.
- Victorian International Academy has a range of partners we work with to coordinate your work placement, who can often offer our students employment following their work placement.
- Prior to commencing your compulsory work placement, you will be required to provide VIA with a current National Police Check (obtained no more than six months previously).
- Police Checks take a minimum of 10 business days to be processed and cost approximately $50, VIA can offer you a reduced fee of $18.40 as a volunteer doing work placement.
Recognition of Prior Learning
- We have a simple but methodical RPL process, which is outlined in detail in the Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants can apply for recognition of prior learning of their existing skills and knowledge that are relevant to the units of competency within the program.
- These skills and knowledge may have been obtained through workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of units required to be completed during the program. Students are encouraged to notify us of their interest or intention to apply for RPL prior to their enrolment.
- Credit transfer applies to situations where learners have completed unit(s) at another provider identical to those in which they plan to enrol. Credit will be granted in accordance with the Credit Transfer procedure.
- To apply for credit transfer learners must complete the credit transfer application form and attach copies of verified documents to support the application.
- A reduction in tuition fees will be applied if Credit Transfer is granted. A Credit transfer will also result in a reduction in the duration of the course.
Enrolment and selection process
- Prior to enrolling a potential learner, a VIA enrolment officer will conduct a Pre-Training Review interview, which aims to identify the learner’s training needs and the suitability of this course to meet their needs, through questions on previous education or training, the relevance of the course to the learner’s desired job outcome, relevant experience.
- The interview also aims to identify any support the learner may need to successfully undertake the course and possible RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or Credit Transfer opportunities which may reduce the amount of training required.
- Through the PreTraining Review interview, the learner will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and personal attributes to successfully undertake the course and that the course selected is the most suitable to meet their needs.
- Selection for enrolment in our courses will be approved for applicants who meet the qualification entry requirements. In line with government policy, students with intellectual and physical disabilities, who meet the entry requirements are encouraged to participate in training.
16 units must be completed — 8 core units and 8 elective units.
About Victorian International Academy
Victorian International Academy is a leading training provider delivering nationally recognised courses since 2010. The company boasts the most modern training facilities to ensure the best possible outcomes for domestic students.
Our registered trainers are industry experts in the areas of hairdressing, barbering and community services, providing classroom and apprenticeship training in convenient locations around Victoria. Victorian Government funding is available for those students who satisfy the eligibility criteria through the Skills First program.
Victorian International Academy is able to leverage their relationship, knowledge and experience through their sister companies Victorian Home and Community Care, and VIA Care (a registered NDIS Service Provider) within the community services sector to provide meaningful career outcomes.
Victorian International Academy is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #22511)