CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services

CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services

Aboriginal students are not required to pay tuition fees as Skills First Aboriginal Access Fee waiver applies.`

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

Diploma of Community Services &Diploma of Community Services (Child, Youth and Family Welfare)

Note: The Child, Youth & Family Welfare (specialisation C) qualification must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria
This course does not have a ‘no fees’ option.

What is the course about?

The Diploma of Community Services at VACSAL is offered in two streams dependent on your desired employment pathway. Our Diploma is a Nationally Recognised Qualification.

This course/qualification aims to recognise and build on the skills of those who work in roles in community services, case management, social housing, family violence, and child protection as well as many other community focused roles.

These courses have 12 core units and 8 elective units. VACSAL clusters the units to avoid duplication of knowledge and skills development.

You will gain knowledge and learn about:

Working with cultural integrity, in a cultural and social framework

Leading wellbeing support and debriefing

Healing/protecting child and family wellbeing

Advocating and case managing

Counselling skills

Working with and for the community

Unit Code Unit Name Hours

Core Units

CHCCCS004 Assess co-exiting needs 80
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence. 50
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs 100
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance 80
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes 120
CHCDEV005 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services 100
CHCCSM013 Facilitate and review case management. 75
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety 40
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45


CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship 100
CHCCDE027 Implement community development strategies 70
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies 100
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services 80
CHCDEV004 Confirm developmental status 60
CHCCSM015 Undertake case management in a child protection framework 70
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care 30
CHCCSM010 Implement case management practice (General only) 90
CHCPRT027 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people (Specialisation C only) 50

Total hours for Diploma without specialisation


Total hours for Diploma with specialisation


How is this course being delivered?

Workshops 1 day a week for 41 weeks (February to December) 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. There will be two-week midyear break (aligning with midyear Vic school holidays and NAIDOC week).

Supervised tutorials 1 day a week for 41 weeks to increase understanding course content and support completing assessments. Also known as catch up class based on the requirement of the student.

Each week you will need to spend about 5-7 hours in private study and completing some assessments.

Your workplace is another essential element to the delivery of the course as this will make up hours for your placement and learning outcomes.

If you are doing Specialisation C you will be required to do another 140 hours in a different work role (this can be explained more by speaking with the course co-ordinator).

How is this course being assessed?

Assessment activities during workshop sessions

Individual and group presentations

Workplace based assessment

This course can provide a pathway into further specialized study, including:

CHC81215 Graduate Certificate in Statutory Child Protection

CHC82015 Graduate Certificate in Client Assessment and Case Management

CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

The skills you will attain from successful and meaningful completion of this course can lead you to a career as a:

Community Development Officer

Community Support Worker

Community Worker

Family Support Worker

Residential Care Worker

Youth Accommodation support Worker

Note: The Child, Youth & Family Welfare (specialisation C) qualification must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria

Am I eligible?

Students must be 18 years of age or older

Students must currently be working in the community services sector and have at least 5 years’ experience working with individuals, families and/or Communities.

Students have (preferably) completed the Certificate IV in Community Services NB: Students who do not have a Certificate IV in Community Services may be accepted if they have 5 or more years of considerable work experience as a community services or health worker providing direct client services to children/young people, individuals and/or families.

Students must be able to attend scheduled workshops.

Students must be able to provide a current Police Check and Working with Children Check (WCCC).

How will I be selected?

When you contact VACSAL RTO they will talk to you about whether you are eligible to do the course, whether the course meets your needs and whether there are places available.