What will I learn?

The community services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia. Close to 1.7 million people were employed in this industry, which is projected to increase to over 1.9 million by 2023. This is an industry where passionate people with the right skills are always in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Community Services graduates learn the skills to make tangible differences in the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Build on your existing skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Community Services takes your existing qualifications and skills in community services and builds on them to advance your career. This qualification is highly regarded in the sector and offers flexible placements, with the option of arranging a placement in your current workplace. Our on-site community services facilities are fully equipped to help you develop real-world skills. You might also have the opportunity to work on initiatives with our community partners. Delivered by qualified staff with wide-ranging community sector experience, including former Melbourne Polytechnic students that now work in the field, our approach focuses on human development throughout life. Our teachers know the industry well and are keen to pass on their practical knowledge to see you succeed.

Take your career to another level

This course will prepare you to work in a broad range of community services roles in direct practice or team leadership. Areas of employment may include case management, family violence support, child protection, refugee and general migrant settlement, and housing support. You'll be qualified to work as a child welfare officer, social housing coordinator, community services case manager or in a related role. Once you have successfully completed the Diploma of Community Services, we might advise you to apply to tertiary institutions offering courses in social work and community development.

CAREER PATHWAYS

Where will this take me

On completion, you’ll be qualified to work as a Child Welfare Officer, Social Housing Coordinator, Community Services Case Manager or related role.

  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Community Services Case Manager
  • Community Worker
  • Case Support Worker

Pathways

Once you have successfully completed the Diploma of Community Services, we encourage you to apply to tertiary institutions offering courses in the areas of social work and community development.

How you learn

Compulsory work placement 400 hours (200 hours in Year 1 and 200 hours in Year 2).

  • Simulated work environment
  • Work placements
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in the classroom and the workplace. Assessments include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in class activities, written work, work based projects, group presentations, and research projects.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Community

CRICOS

094459J

Study options

Full Time (20 months)

Tuition fees
A$12,768.00 (6,91,658) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $6,384

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 11 July 2022

Venue

Greensborough Campus

61 Civic Drive,

GREENSBOROUGH,

Victoria,

3088, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (20 months)

Tuition fees
A$12,768.00 (6,91,658) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $6,384

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 11 July 2022

Venue

Melbourne Polytechnic

Preston Campus,

77 St Georges Road,

PRESTON,

Victoria,

3072, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Australian Year 12 equivalency

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Melbourne Polytechnic

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations