CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

The Diploma of Community Services provides students with a pathway to various roles in the Community Services sector.  This qualification provides graduates with opportunities to work across diverse roles, including; working with people experiencing drug and alcohol related issues, mental health or disability.

By studying this course you will gain the knowledge and develop the ability to work with a diverse range of clients.  You will learn to coordinate complex case requirements, implement community development strategies while managing legal and ethical compliance.

Through the integration of learning with practical placements and workplace case studies, students will be prepared to work in a variety of roles with confidence and competence.

Sarina Russo Institute is an approved provider for VET Student Loans.

The VET Student Loans (VSL) program assists eligible students enrolled in approved higher level vocational education and training (VET) courses to pay their tuition fees.

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
  • A VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. For more info, visit


Fees & Dates



Career Opportunities


Code Title
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services

All courses are subject to change and availability.

Assessment Methods
Uses a staggered assessment schedule with a range of methodologies such as:

  • Integrated (holistic) assessment applied through placement
  • Workplace case studies
  • Logbooks, reflective journals
  • Presentations

Price: $10,150

  1. VET Student Loans: Price = $12,180 (For students accessing VSL, a 20% Government Loan Fee applies)
  2. Fee paying basis:
    • Cash upfront (20% Discount!): Price = $8,120
Unit of Study Code Study Period Length (Weeks) Tuition Fee
DCUS1901 Semester 1 13 $1,691
DCUS1902 Semester 2 13 $1,691
DCUS1903 Semester 3 13 $1,691
DCUS1904 Semester 4 13 $1,691
DCUS1905 Semester 5 13 $1,691
DCUS1906 Semester 6 13 $1,695
       Total: $10,150

Census Dates prior to 1st October 2018, please click here.

Census Dates commencing 1st October 2018, please click here.


  1. Online (monthly intakes) – using iLearn, our 24/7 learner management system. Using iLearn, students can engage with learning at their own speed, in their own time from the comfort of their home.
  2. Brisbane & Gold Coast Campus – Please contact us for intake dates for classroom based studies

Duration: 18 Months
Intakes: Monthly intakes

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum Year 11 or equivalent, plus basic computer skills and knowledge of Internet use.
  • For students accessing VSL – Year 12 certificate, Certificate IV or higher or a competent result in a Government approved LLN reading and numeracy test.

Vocational Placement:
This course also requires 100 hours of vocational placement (unpaid) in a live working environment. Students are expected to find their own placement (which may require a Police Check prior to commencement) however Sarina Russo Institute will assist you if you have difficulties finding a suitable venue. This program is also delivered face to face for our International students at our CRICOS registered Gold Coast and Brisbane campuses. Domestic students are welcome to join our face to face delivery option if they prefer to study in a classroom environment. Monthly intake dates apply.

University Credits Awarded

8 subject credits towards:

  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Welfare
 60 credit points (6 subjects) awarded against a Bachelor of Human Services (total of 240 credit points)

  • Case worker or manager
  • Client service assessor
  • Community services worker
  • Family support worker
  • Group coordinator
  • Pastoral care counsellor
  • Program coordinator
  • Senior youth officer
  • Welfare worker

Employment Assistance
As a Sarina Russo Institute student, you are entitled to our FREE employment assistance, which provides mentoring, employment workshops and job placement service.

Student Support Services

  • Dedicated Trainers to help with training and assessment
  • Access to iLearn – our 24/7 learning management system
  • 24/7 access to online learning and assessment materials that comprise of recorded lectures, interactive digital resources eBooks, PowerPoint’s and video links.
  • Opportunities to collaborate online with Trainers, industry experts and peers
  • Free state of the art Language Literacy and Numeracy tools
  • Mentoring and job placement assistance


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