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Diploma of

Community Services

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Gain your qualifications with our 12 month Community Services course, which is divided into the following elective streams for you to choose from:
This specialisation style delivery method allows you to choose the pathway that best suits your career goals, while ensuring you expand your understanding about the sector.

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12 months
16 units
Students in this course will learn to assess and support the needs of the people in our communities. You will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a diverse range of people and learn how to recognise and respond to crisis situations. As part of the course, students will also be required to undertake 100 hours of practical work placement in a community services environment.
Course structure

The standard course is conducted over a 12 month period; within a self-paced online learning environment. 

Upskilled will gather information about your previous experience and skills, weekly study commitment and online learning experience to provide you with an projected duration for your course based on your individual circumstance. 

Upskilled uses our online learning platform, MyUpskilled, to manage the delivery and assessment of your course. This means you can learn at your own pace.

Upskilled courses include specialised learning materials, and access to:
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  • Student Support services
  • your trainer via the trainer/student messaging system
  • online tutorials
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Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer / Credit Transfer
Work experience or formal qualifications you have may count towards your course. If you have previously undertaken study at a recognised institution or have some relevant work experience, you might gain credit towards specific units in a course; shortening the time you have to study. You can send your application for Credit Transfer or RPL during the enrolment process.
Upskilled takes evidence gathered from a variety of sources to deem a student as competent. Assessment processes might include some or all of the following:
  • Recognition of Prior Learning and/or credit transfer
  • summative and formative assignments
  • written reports and/or portfolio assessments
  • scenarios and/or case studies
  • projects
  • written/oral questions
  • regular training and assessment contact will be maintained by Upskilled in conjunction with the participant and their employer (where applicable). Critical dates during the program will be identified for participants to ensure compliance to assessment due dates, and attendance at online if required.


This qualification consists of the below units of competency. All competencies must be successfully completed to attain the qualification.
Develop and implement service programs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to engage consumers, analyse service needs of particular groups and develop programs and services to meet those needs. This unit applies to workers coordinating or managing teams and operations in varied service delivery contexts.

Develop workplace communication strategies

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop communication protocols for a team or business unit. This unit applies to workers responsible for overseeing the communication of organisation-specific information to a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to function independently and to plan and undertake community work and associated services. The unit describes the application of knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in which work is planned and implemented in the community services industry. This unit applies to workers who seek to better understand their client groups and issues that impact on the lives of their clients and hence on their delivery of services.

Manage and promote diversity

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and promote diversity in the workplace, and to contribute to the planning of diversity policies and procedures. This may apply to internal work practices or external service delivery. This unit applies to individuals working in any type of leadership role across all industry sectors.

Manage legal and ethical compliance

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities. This unit applies to people working in roles with managerial responsibility for legal and ethical compliance in small to medium sized organisations. There may or may not be a team of workers involved.

Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and support workers. This includes implementing support processes to manage stress and emotional wellbeing of self or colleagues working in varied health and community service contexts. It also involves facilitating structured debriefing sessions to colleagues following incidents with the potential to impact on health and wellbeing. This unit applies to leadership or management roles where the individual provides peer to peer support to colleagues and refers to specialised support services in line with organisation guidelines as required.

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Manage work health and safety

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).

Provide first aid

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. *Upskilled does not offer this Unit of Competency. You will be required to undertake the Unit of Competency with an external provider at your own cost.

Assess co-existing needs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the diverse and multi-faceted needs of people and determine both internal and external services required to meet those needs.

Coordinate complex case requirements

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to coordinate multiple service requirements for clients with complex needs within a case management framework. Workers at this level work under supervision within established guidelines but take on a team leadership role in the coordination of services and service providers. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision.

Provide case management supervision

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to take a leadership role in the delivery of quality case management. This includes disseminating information and providing advice on practice issues relating to case management within the organisation. Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within broad but defined organisation guidelines. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

Provide advocacy and representation services

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to formally represent the interests of service users. Representation will include the development of community representative and industry participative roles and positions in influencing policy processes and decision-making forums. This unit applies to workers in health, community services or advocacy settings who are responsible for providing formal representation services to clients. Work at this level requires a degree of autonomy, judgement and responsibility for own outputs.

Confirm client developmental status

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to review the developmental status of a client. Note that the client may be a child or a young person.

Recognise and respond to crisis situations

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services. This unit applies to any community services worker involved in crisis intervention. Management of the crisis may involve face-to-face, telephone or remote contact with persons involved. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.


This qualification could give you several career and/or further study outcomes. After completing this course, you could explore some of the following outcomes.

University pathways
This course might include a pathway to university, which are subject to change. Please speak to one of our Education Consultants for more information.


Entry requirements

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You will need to have completed year 12, or equivalent
  • A qualification at Certificate IV level or higher OR
  • 4 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

You will need to be at least 18 years at the time of applying for admission

The participants for the CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services may be already working in a supporting or community role.

Participants who enter this course are from diverse backgrounds with a distinct interest and a willingness to support others in achieving positive personal outcomes through fulfilling helping capacity roles.

This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities.

Requirements for work placement

Current clear Police Check, Specific Immunisation and WWCC Working With Children Checks in Australia:

National Criminal History Record Check or National Police Certificate Students can apply for the National Police Check through their local police station or via the National Crime Check website:
Police check express
National crime check

This qualification requires a minimum of 100 hours to be completed in a community services Environment, supervised by qualified staff.

You will be required to complete an application for a Working with Children or Vulnerable People Check prior to enrolment in this course.

Upskilled will secure your work placement, ensuring we can provide an environment in which you can be successful in the course. During your placement, an Upskilled workplace assessor will visit you to observe you performing some of your assessment tasks. More information can be found here.

Resource requirements

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing operational skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Chrome or Firefox browsers
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Software required

digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload videos and audio files.

Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc.

Language requirements

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, practical assessments as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written & verbal communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level

A qualification at CertificateIV level or higher OR 4 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Physical requirements

Learners must have a basic level of physical fitness as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a moderate amount of physical activity, such as providing direct assistance to clients with daily living, participating in social and recreational activities and managing a crisis

Other requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

The other requirement for this course is - To successfully meet the assessment requirements and demonstrate communication skills, you will need to work with one or two other people to participate in video or audio role-plays. It is your responsibility to find your own suitable role play participants.

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Government funding

At both a state and federal level, government commitment to upskilling the Australian workforce has resulted in a comprehensive framework of funding schemes and incentive opportunities. As a result, many Upskilled participants are provided incentives by the Government to undertake training and/or find that their courses are heavily subsidised.

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