Diploma of Community Services

CRICOS Code: 115249H
National Code: CHC52021


This course is for those with a Certificate IV or higher in a community service or health related field. Build on existing professional skills and be positioned with the expertise and knowledge to take on leadership and case management roles. Learn how to deliver person-centred services to individuals, groups, and communities, across multiple areas of the community services. The course will use current techniques, to further develop technical skills via work-based through 200 hours of placement in a variety of community service agencies. Students must be eligible for, and obtain a valid, South Australian working with children’s check for entry to this course.

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63 weeks
51 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with minimum of 5.5 in Listening and Speaking and 5.0 in Reading and Writing or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Certificate IV in Community Services.

Work Placement Duration:   140 hours

Prior to work placement students will be required to apply for and successfully receive the following South Australian Department of Human Services screening prior to undertaking any vocational placement: working with children, disability, aged and vulnerable persons. They will also need a current Through Their Eyes, Child Safe Environment certificate. Student’s may need a National Police clearance depending on the placement provider. Work placement will be taken 1 day per week. Hours dependent on the work placement site.

Course Notes

  • The Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services can be undertaken as a 2-year package, some credit is available between the courses within the package. Further details of the course structure and fee schedule will be outlined in the offer letter.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $5800
AUD $200*
Semester 2
AUD $5800
Semester 3
Fee Totals
AUD $11600
AUD $200*
Total Course Cost
AUD $11800

* The invoicing for the community services package will be Term 1: $3763 and Term 2 & 3: $7527 and for the Diploma component Term 4 & 5: $5800 and Term 6 & 7: $5800. International students will be required to pay for their own screenings, checks, and any required vaccinations (including COVID-19) at approximately $A200.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Case coordinator, case manager, client service assessor, coordinator family support services, welfare worker, social welfare worker, early intervention coordinator, community worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Community Services (CHC52021)
    This qualification covers workplace communication strategies, service programs, impacts of sociological factors, diversity, legal and ethical requirements, debriefing and support processes, professional practice and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 8 elective units. To achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse impacts of sociological factors on people in community work and services 100
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Develop and implement service programs 100
    Facilitate and review case management 75
    Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes 120
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Manage legal and ethical compliance 80
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Coordinate complex case requirements 75
    Facilitate goal directed planning 90
    Identify and report children and young people at risk 40
    Implement case management practice 90
    Implement trauma informed care 80
    Provide case management supervision 120
    Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
    Work with people with mental health issues 80

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