C5346 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Plan: C5346 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
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 Alcohol and Other Drugs
Qualification national code: CHC53215
Nominal hours: 1613
Career: TAFE
Duration: 12 Months 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 Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs program provides the skills and knowledge required by workers who work under broad supervision and guidance to provide services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues. These services can include counselling, referral and promotion services.  The program equips you with high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies, especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drugs use and misuse.

Graduates of the program may be employed in a range of non-government, not-for profit or local government organisations, or the Department of Health and Human Services. They may work in a variety of services including day programs, residential rehabilitation services, specialist AOD services or detoxification services  in case management and often supervisory roles.

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Articulation and pathways

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 the Program Manager of your program of choice.

​Learn more about pathways and eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning into this program.


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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements. In order to assess the suitability of students to undertake the nature and depth of work required at diploma level, RMIT requires that all applicants must :

  • have completed Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs or related field (Community Services work ,Youth Work, & Disability) during which a placement has been undertaken with an AOD related service


  • have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of AOD work to indicate likely success at this level of qualification.

Students who enter this program who are not employed in the sector will complete additional volunteer work or formal placement to the equivalent of 40 hours as a minimum as part of WIL to ensure that they gain the required practical exposure to the sector and consolidate their skills.

Note: You must have a valid Working with Children Check and Police Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

This is a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification. RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who seek to enter the community services workforce. Industry partners are active participants in the selection of electives, delivery and assessment tasks through membership of the Program Advisory Committee.

The teaching staff within the program have extensive industry experience and maintain 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

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, ejournals 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 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


In addition, students who specifically require assistance with study skills can access the Study and Learning Centre (SLC): http://www1.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre 

The SLC is committed to maximising students’ learning experiences at RMIT. It offers practical advice on assignment writing and discipline-specific language and learning skills. It can also assist with specific skills students may need to succeed in this program, including any language, literacy or numeracy problems.

Students with a disability (eg legally blind) can access support from the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU): 



Within the School of Global and Urban Studies there is a drop in centre called GUSSed in time - details can be found at the website for GUSS Skills Central: https://gussskillscentral.edu.au/

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