C5247 - Diploma of Community Development

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Plan: C5247 - Diploma of Community Development
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 Development
Qualification national code: CHC50708
Nominal hours: 905
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 Year - Fulltime
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This qualification applies to community development work that aims to facilitate community members working together to influence and guide the future of their community. Community Development is the approach taken by a range of community controlled organiations.

Graduates of the program may use the following skills from the program in their employment: 

  • Building community networks
  • Providing advocacy services
  • Defining community priorities
  • Providing planning services
  • Empowering individuals and communities
  • Resourcing the community to meet needs
  • Facilitating support and social action groups
  • Undertaking needs assessment
  • Improving quality of life
  • Working towards social justice
  • Increasing people’s skills
  • Working with self help groups

It defines the knowledge and skills for community development work under broad direction from senior managers.


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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.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Community Development you may be eligible to undertake further studies in the following programs at RMIT University:

  • BP026 Bachelor of Social Work
  • BP110 Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research)
  • C5215 Diploma of Management


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Entrance requirements



Successfully completion of CHC40808 Certificate IV in Community Development:


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.
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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.

RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is consistent with industry needs. CHC50708 Diploma of Community Development is a qualification that has been developed in consultation with community services industry partners to meet the needs of work place based client groups employed in community services organisations. Industry partners include Aboriginal Co-operatives and non government organisations.   Non-government organisations require the program for the development of their community services workforce.

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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

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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 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
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  • 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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