C5330 - Diploma of Community Services Work

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Plan: C5330 - Diploma of Community Services Work
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Community Services Work
Qualification national code: CHC50612
Nominal hours: 1245
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: Melbourne, City Campus.
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The program is designed to equip you as a graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of work roles in the community services sector in a range of organisations and for further study.

As a graduate you will be able to perform a broad range of roles in the community services sector.  Some of these roles are:


  • Case coordinator
  • Case work manager
  • Community services worker
  • Coordinator family services
  • Family support worker
  • Social welfare workers
  • Welfare worker


The program has also been designed to address the social, health, welfare and developmental needs our citizens and the community in general. Graduates may also seek employment in community education or development projects.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.  Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Community Services Work are eligible for exemptions in the following Bachelor degrees: 

Learn more about articulation into Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Once you have gained further workplace experience you may also be eligible to enter the Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice or the Graduate Diploma in Community Sector Management programs at RMIT University subject to meeting entry requirements.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

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Entrance requirements

Applicants can provide evidence of this through completion of a Certificate IV in Community Services Work or equivalent qualification or through relevant work experience.


Have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of community development work to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required and including work with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience.

Police checks and Working with Children checks: there will be a requirement of students to have successfully gained a Police check and Working with Children check prior to attending your Work Placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification has been validated by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.

RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who are entering the community services workforce, and also provides the ongoing upskilling needs of existing workers.

The teaching staff within the program has extensive industry experience and networks with industry partners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and Services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library.

You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT

(www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.  Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students


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