Diploma Of Community Services

Course Code: CHC52015
Study Area:
Community Services

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Family services worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Out of Home Care worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Youth worker
  • Housing worker
  • Drug and alcohol worker

  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment
  • Course suitability task
  • Attend a Pre Training Interview with department staff

Students are no longer required to provide evidence of COVID 19 Vaccination to enrol and attend classes for this course. However, students are still required to provide proof of COVID19 Vaccination by the deadline set by the Placement Team to be eligible to start the practical placement component. Practical placement is a mandatory component of the course.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the position requirements of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centered services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management.

Next intake:

Upcoming intakes: 11th July 2022 or 14th July 2022

Group B: 11th July 2022 - Monday & Tuesday classes

Group C: 14th July 2022 - Thursday & Friday classes

End Date: December 2023

PLEASE NOTE: This is a very popular course, and places are limited. Intake delivery days are subject to change. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible of any changes.

The program is delivered in a blended delivery mode over an 18 month period. The blended learning format includes on campus classes, practicals and online classes.

Duration: 18 months

Classes: Classes are held 2 days per week on-campus.  

Flipped Learning Model: Study and activities to be undertaken prior to attending class.
Self-directed study is required to complete tasks and assessments in addition to the timetabled classes.

Timetable Structure: 2 units per week, each unit takes 4-5 weeks of classes, typically 4 units per term.

There is a placement component where students work, unpaid, with an industry partner to demonstrate required skills in a workplace setting.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

You will be assessed to ensure that you have the satisfactory language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) and the communication skills to undertake the course.
You will also be required to attend an information session.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods

Case studies, role plays, presentations, assignments, group work, practical assessments, observations, knowledge tests, and practical placement logbook.

Learning options

The program is delivered in a blended delivery mode. The blended learning format includes on campus classes, practicals and online classes.

Key study areas
  • Communication skills
  • Sociology
  • Case management
  • Community and program development
  • Counselling skills
  • Trauma informed care
  • Workplace debriefing and support
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Legal and ethical compliance
  • Advocacy
  • Work health and safety

Further study opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Community Services at Bendigo TAFE students may transition, with credits, to the Bachelor program of their choice. Pathways are available into Bachelor degree in various fields including criminology, international studies, health science, community services, social work and more. Find out more at: https://www.bendigotafe.edu.au/Pathways/Pages/default.aspx


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
To check your eligibility click here.
Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$8,374.38
Concession - average total course fee*$1,674.88
Full fee - average total course fee*$17,969.53
B.   Materials average fee**$262.95
C.   Consumables average fee**$75.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$8,374.38
Concession - average total course fee*$1,674.88
Full fee - average total course fee*$17,969.53
B.   Materials average fee**$262.95
C.   Consumables average fee**$75.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 1/07/2022 9:02 PM