Diploma of Community Services Work

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Course Location
Yallourn; Online; Bairnsdale; Sale
Course Duration
Full Time: 2 years
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
Full time; Part Time (Night)
Starting Date
Part Time:
  • February 2014

Brooke Donaldson
Phone: (03) 5622 8532
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: brooked@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC, 3841

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Course Overview

This course prepares students for employment in specialised support services through theoretical learning and work placement. 

You will develop the skills you need to work in service delivery, either direct client work and/or health promotion and community development projects.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Services Work.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Case Coordinator
  • Client Service Assessor 
  • Social Welfare Worker

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this course candidates must:
1. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against units of the certificate IV in Community Services work
2. Have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of community work and or community services to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
a. The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical skills
b. 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
c. The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

  • Undertake an Interview
  • Currently working in a relevant field

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


  • Practical experiences / demonstrations
  • Oral presentations
  • Interviews
  • Group projects
  • Group discussions
  • Assignments
  • Workbooks

Opportunities For Further Study

Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling - Monash University (1st year credit).

Specialist Course Information

Police check and Working with Children's Check required.

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Core Units

Unit Code
Unit Name
Work within a structured counselling framework
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Conduct complex assessment and referral
Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication
Analyse impacts of sociology factors on clients in community work & services
Provide systems advocacy services
Implement community development strategies
Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
Confirm client developmental status
Work intensively with clients
Maintain legal and ethical work practices
Plan and conduct group activities
Contribute to WHS processes

Non-core Units
Unit Code
Unit Name
Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drug issues
Identify and respond children and young people at risk  
Co-ordinate the work environment
Apply First Aid
Undertake outreach work