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Diploma of Community Services

Starts: February 2017

Duration: Up to 24 months

Effort: 10 hours per week

Price: $12,000

VET Student Loan

National recognised training Course code: CHC52015

Diploma of Community Services

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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.

Work placements

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
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx

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

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

You will need to participate approximately 10 hours a week, plus complete 240 hours of workplace learning outside this time.

How to enrol or apply

Attend this information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps. The information session is being held on 22 August 2016 at 2pm in Building F. level 1, Room F1.10 Sutherland College, Loftus Campus, Rawson Avenue, Loftus.

UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)

Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Create one and add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute). Create your USI: https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi

Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

Fee information

VET FEE-HELP

VET FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help students pay their course fees.

The table below outlines the fees for this course. Fees are charged on the census date for each unit of study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application for a VET FEE-HELP loan before the census date of the first unit of study. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

You can seek independent financial advice before applying for a VET FEE-HELP loan. As with any loan contract, VET FEE-HELP loans may affect your credit rating.

Find out more about VET FEE-HELP: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/vet-fee-help

Find out more about recognition: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

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Fees, payment and refunds: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

Financial assistance: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance

Number Subject name
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage Work Health and Safety
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy
CHCCDE008 Support community action
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Your course fee depends on the qualification level of the course you choose and the course itself, and:

  • whether you have completed a previous qualification and what type of qualification it was
  • whether you live in NSW and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or you are an international student or temporary resident
  • whether you’re offered a Government subsidised (Smart and Skilled) or full-fee place.

There are various concessions or exemptions available for eligible students as well as opportunities to receive financial assistance.

See here for more information about fees, payments and refunds.

Browsers

For the best and most secure online learning experience, we recommend updating to the latest version of your browser.

Minimum Browser Requirement

Device

Browser

Desktop (Desktop, Laptop)

  • Chrome  v30.0 or later

  • Safari v6.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

  • Firefox v25.0 or later

Mobile (Tablet, Mobile)

  • Chrome  v30.0 or later

  • Safari v6.0 or later

  • Firefox v25.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

Screen Reader

Two on-screen readers are supported by the LMS:

Browser

Screen Reader

Minimum Version

Internet Explorer

Jaws

15

Firefox

NVDA

2014.1

JavaScript

Javascript enables interactivity on the web. Our courses and portals will often use Javascript for activities and class material. Blocking javascript may cause you to miss vital functions and information. Be sure to allow javascript in your browser.

http://activatejavascript.org/en/instructions/ie#instructions

Screen Size

Apart from the reliable old standards such as desktops and laptops, for viewing on tablets, we recommend a minimum screen size of 7” for an optimal experience of the LMS and its contents.  Examples of these would be iPad mini, or Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Operating System

For the best experience, we recommend updating to the latest version of your operating system. We can only offer support for the latest versions.

Minimum functionality requires Mac OS 10.0 and above, or Windows 9 and above.

Cookies

A cookie is a tiny piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the user's previous activity.

This function helps us keep track of your activities and keep all your settings the way you left them.

Be sure to enable cookies in your browser settings.

PDF Viewer

Some of your course material will be available as a pdf file.  You will also need a PDF viewer to view and print your certificate when completing a course.

Some newer browsers will have a built-in PDF viewer, however you can download the free Adobe Acrobat viewer from the Adobe website if required.

Multi Devices Support

For the best online learning experience we recommend screen resolution no smaller than 1024 x 768 pixels.

Services and support

Get the most out of your studies with specialised support to meet your study goals. From career counseling, to learning support, child care and disability support, Sydney TAFE offers a broad range of student support services to help you every step of the way.

FAQ

FAQ - Enrolments

How do I enrol in TAFE for an online course?

All enrolments happen via the website - click on the enrol / apply button and follow the instructions. If you need assistance with the process, you may wish to contact the course enrolment centre or send an email - the details are on the website

Are there Sydney TAFE applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Are there Sydney TAFE applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Is there a limit Sydney TAFE enrolments for online courses?

Teachers set a maximum number of enrolments that can be accepted into a course.

Is the Sydney TAFE enrol procedure the same as Sydney TAFE Online enrol procedure?

Yes.

Where do I find Sydney TAFE online enrolments dates?

The website provides all the enrolment dates. If there is no date, it is advisable to fill in the online form and you will be contacted about when the next intake of the course will be open for enrolments.

FAQ - Career advice

Is there career guidance at Sydney TAFE?

Yes, there is free career advice available. If you are thinking of enrolling at Sydney TAFE, our counsellors can help you with: making good course choices; planning your career and re-training; how to apply for credit to gain entry to a course or reduce the time spent finishing a course; and other concerns or questions about returning to study. More information here.

Is there free counselling for Sydney TAFE students?

Yes, there is free counselling available. Sydney TAFE Counsellors are available at every stage of your learning journey with us. See Learning support and Personal counselling for more information about how a TAFE Counsellor may assist you.

How do I get free legal advice as a Sydney TAFE student?

Yes, free legal advice is available to members of the Student Association.

Are Sydney TAFE courses career orientated?

Yes. Courses are constantly fine-tuned after consultation with industry so you learn real-world skills.

FAQ - Fees

Can I get a Sydney TAFE fee exemption?

Some students are eligible for an exemption from paying fee, including:

1.) Students who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are studying at any level

2.) People with a disability.

3.) Dependent children, spouses or partners of a Disability Support Pension recipients.

What about online courses and fees for international students and students overseas?

If you are from overseas and are here in Australia on an international student visa, your visa covers face-to-face learning only.

If you are living overseas and want to do a Sydney TAFE online course from overseas, you are able to do our fully online courses but you will pay full commercial fees.

What are online Sydney TAFE fees in 2017?

Course fees vary from course to course. Please check the Sydney TAFE Online website for each course’s fees.

What does Smart and Skilled fees mean?

Courses are ‘Smart and Skilled’ if they appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

Are all certificate fees, diploma fees and advanced diploma fees different?

Fees for different courses and qualification levels vary. Always check the Sydney TAFE Online website for fees.

FAQ - Government funded courses

What are government-funded courses?

If the online course you want to study is linked to an occupation on the NSW Skills List then it will partly government-funded. These are known as ‘Smart and Skilled’ courses.

What does a government-subsidised course mean?

A government-subsidised course is the same as a ‘government-funded course, and the same as a Smart and Skilled course.

What are Smart and Skilled courses?

‘Smart and Skilled’ courses will also appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

How do I find a free online course?

All free courses are advertised on the website. You will need to check whether the course you are interested in is an online or a face to face course.

FAQ - Open learning

How does Sydney TAFE compare with private online colleges?

Sydney TAFE is one of the largest and most respected education and training providers in Australia. It is government-backed and valued by industry. All Sydney TAFE Online courses are nationally accredited. All courses are facilitated by industry-experienced teachers. Sydney TAFE Online students are able to access all the support services that non-online students value so highly.

Is the online learning platform up to date?

Yes, the contents and the platform are always kept up to date and course content is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it is current.

What are the main challenges of learning online?

Learning online requires a person to be self-disciplined and to be able to work independently. At Sydney TAFE our facilitators are always willing to provide guidance, support and communicate regularly, but as an online student you need to be able to be manage your own workload by sticking to a study schedule and have the right technology to enable to study online effectively.

Is online learning the same as open learning and distance learning?

Open learning and distance learning refer to course work being provided in an online environment. This is different to doing an online course at Sydney TAFE where studying online means using computer technologies to access learning materials and activities via the internet. These learning materials and activities may be presented in different ways, such as discussion forums, video presentations and demonstrations, blogs, wikis, electronic books or quizzes.

What are the benefits of online study?

Studying online at Sydney TAFE means that you can study where you want, using a range of technologies to connect with your classmates, get feedback from your teacher and complete our work. It offers greater flexibility, enabling you to work around your other commitments.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

If I study online with Sydney TAFE, how do I know the courses are career orientated?

All Sydney TAFE Online courses are constantly refined to offer the latest industry skills and techniques so graduates are work-ready.

FAQ - Pathways to university

Does online study offer a pathway to university?

Sydney TAFE has hundreds of credit transfer agreements so you can link your Sydney TAFE Online study to a bachelor degree at a university or another provider. Many diploma and advanced diploma courses will provide you credit towards your degree, usually up to one year’s credit.

I can go from TAFE to university; can I go from university to TAFE?

Thousands of university graduates study at Sydney TAFE to make sure they gain work-ready skills that will qualify them for their dream job.

Are there online courses leading into degrees?

Yes. You may be able to use your study in a Sydney TAFE Online course to gain credit towards a related university degree.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

FAQ - Open library

Is there a Sydney TAFE library fee?

If you are currently enrolled in a course there is no charge for any of the library resources or services

Do online courses have an online library?

The library has a range of online resources and information databases that provide useful resources for any of the courses being done.

Are there online Sydney TAFE library late fees?

Late fees only refer to books that are borrowed. If you are studying online and live in proximity of a TAFE library you are able to go there and borrow books / magazines. If you do not bring your books back on time you will incur a late fee. This does not apply to any online resources that you use.

Can I access the library after hours?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

Is there 24/7 library access?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

FAQ - USI number

Will I have a Sydney TAFE student number?

Yes, you will be given a Sydney TAFE student number.

What is the USI?

If you want to study nationally-recognised training at Sydney TAFE you need a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) which you can access whenever you need them, like when you’re applying for a job or enrolling in further study. Go to www.usi.gov.au and follow the instructions to create a USI – you’ll need to select ‘Sydney TAFE’ in your Access Control settings

Can I get USI help?
Do all TAFE students have a USI?

If you want to study nationally recognised training at Sydney TAFE you need a USI.

What is a USI login?

After you get your USI, you will be able to login to your USI account.

FAQ - VET fee help

What is VET FEE-HELP?

VET FEE-HELP is a funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist eligible students pay their course fees for select Certificate IV, and all Diploma and above level courses.

Does Sydney TAFE offer VET FEE-HELP for online courses?

Yes, many Sydney TAFE Online courses are also VET FEE-HELP-eligible courses

Am I eligible to VET FEE-HELP?

VET FEE-HELP eligibility critera are available at http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/vet-fee-help

Where do I get the VET FEE-HELP form?

For VET FEE-HELP information please go to http://studyassist.gov.au

FAQ - Moodle

What is a Sydney TAFE moodle?

Moodle is the name of the Learning Management System that may be used for your course.  This means that the course content is structured and provided via this system.

Does Sydney TAFE Online have open access moodle?

No - The courses which are only available to enrolled students.

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