CHC52021 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

Entry Requirements

Delivery Mode



Career Opportunities

Price 2023
Fee for Service: $11,900
Vet Student Loan: $14,280

Unit of Study Code Study Period Length (Weeks) Tuition Fee
DCUS2001 Semester 1 13 $2,677.50
DCUS2002 Semester 2 13 $2,677.50
DCUS2003 Semester 3 13 $2,677.50
DCUS2004 Semester 4 13 $2,677.50
DCUS2005 Semester 5 13 $2,677.50
DCUS2006 Semester 6 4 $892.50
    Total: 69 weeks  Total: $14,280

*VET Student Loan: A VET Student Loan is available for some or all of the fees in this course. A VET Student Loan is only available to students who meet the eligibility requirements and will not be approved for students who do not meet these requirements. The VET Student Loan Cap for this course is $16,221 – any tuition fees over this cap cannot be paid for using a VET Student Loan and will need to be paid by the student separately. A VET Student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. A 20% Government Loan fee applies to all VET Student Loans.

Census Dates commencing 5th April 2021, please click here.

Duration: 18 Months
Intakes: Monthly intakes

  • Minimum Year 11 or equivalent, plus basic computer skills and knowledge of internet use.
  • For students accessing VSL, either
    • a Year 12 certificate
    • a Certificate IV or higher
    • an overseas qualification that has been assessed by a Federal, State or Territory government agency as equivalent or comparable to a certificate IV or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework, or
    • a competent result in a Government approved LLN reading and numeracy test, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) diploma.

  • Online/ Virtual Classrooms
    • 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.
  • Face to face at Brisbane Campus
    • Please contact us for intake dates for classroom-based studies
  • Vocational Placement
    • This course also requires 200 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 Brisbane campus. 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.

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

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.

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

University Credits Awarded

Credit Linkages:

Sarina Russo Institute  has approved articulation arrangements with Southern Cross University, recognising the learning complete within these courses for entry into the first or second year of a related Southern Cross course, with maximum credit:

Sarina Russo Institute course Southern Cross University course Credit
CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

3007268 Bachelor of Community Welfare (SCU CRICOS code 102202H);


307316 Bachelor of Social Work (CRICOS code 102204F).

8 units, of a total of 24 (33% of the course)

8 units, of a total of 32 (25% of the course)

Bachelor of Human Services (total of 240 credit points)

  • 60 credit points (6 subjects)

Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • 40 credit points

Bachelor of Social Work

  • 40/50 credit points
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Human Services
    80 credit points ACU Brisbane campus (1-year full-time study)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
    24 credit points of 96 credit point degree (1 year)

Code Title
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCDEV005 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
CHCCSM013 Facilitate and review case management
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMSH001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

All courses are subject to change and availability.

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

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