The Diploma of Community Services online course 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, you will have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. You will also provide direct support to individuals or groups of individuals, and sometimes you will 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 'Statutory and 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).
To achieve this qualification, you must complete at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the assessment requirements of units of competency.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Enrolling in First Aid units of competency
If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.
Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.
1. NSW Health
Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to:
- meet NSW Health’s criminal record check requirements
- sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health
- undertake occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record card.
For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at
2. Aged care work
Before you undertake any clinical placements in aged care facilities you will be required to undertake a federal criminal record check. Visit: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx
3. Community and Children's services
Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current working with children check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit: http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
4. Student readiness for work placement
Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.
Student rights and responsibilities
For more information visit https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm
Credit for Prior Learning
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/recognition-of-prior-learning. This page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)
TAFE to University
Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/study-options/tafe-to-university
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
Before you can enrol in nationally-recognised training in Australia, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier Number (USI). This includes students completing an apprenticeship or skill-set certificate or diploma course.