Course Title: Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5315 Diploma of Justice

Course Title: Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term2 2016,
Term2 2017

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop effective strategies for working with culturally diverse clients in a justice environment. It covers researching causes and effects of diversity and developing strategies to foster culturally inclusive practice within justice environments.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment contexts
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU20863 Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments


1. Review concepts of culture and of cultural diversity

2. Research the historical and contemporary contexts of culture and cultural groups in Australia

3. Develop strategies for culturally inclusive practice in a justice environment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Develop, practice and review culturally aware, respectful and competent strategies for working with a range of clients from culturally diverse backgrounds
• Provide evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation, provisions and regulatory requirements
• Provide evidence of knowledge of theories, debates and models about cultural diversity and inclusion that inform contemporary practice and process

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, essay, and audio-visual presentations.