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Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management


Are you an existing health or community services professional or perhaps looking to build on your existing Diploma studies?

The Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC62015 qualification reflects the role of workers who are middle managers or managers across a range of community sector organisations. These people work independently and report to executive management, directors or boards of management. They undertake a range of functions requiring the application of knowledge and skills to achieve results in line with the organisation’s goals and strategic directions.

At this level, workers have responsibility for planning and monitoring service delivery, recruitment and performance management of other paid or unpaid workers, managing risk and contributing to continuous improvement within the scope of their specific role. This may include management of a specific programs or project, or broader management of a community-based organisation, early childhood education service, not-for-profit organisation or community centre.

Pathways into community sector management as a career include vocational training and tertiary qualifications. Students who complete this qualification may be eligible for entry into higher education courses in areas such as Social Work, Human Services and Applied Public Health.

Direct entry into the Advanced Diploma is available to eligible applicants; or students might choose to study the Diploma of Nursing HLT54115, Diploma of Community Services CHC52015, Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 or Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315 before commencing this Advanced Diploma course.

All candidates who undertake the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC62015 will be provided with advice on employment and training options.

For other important information, please read our Student Handbook. You can access it here.
Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting


Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the difference if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course. A loan cap of $10,717 applies to this course.


EQUALS requires that students participate in a formal workplace or simulated workplace project of approximately 200 hours total.


January, April, July & October Intakes 

Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.


Entry to Advanced Diploma study at EQUALS requires:

Applicants must show adequate evidence of competency in communication skills in their pre-enrolment LLN testing. In particular, applicants need to be able to read, comprehend, interpret, apply, write and share information to standards that will ensure safe working capacity.

Students may be required to show evidence of:

1. Valid DCSI clearances (x 3 – Aged, Vulnerable, Working with Children); and/or National Police Clearance
2. Current and valid First Aid, if required by workplace/simulated work project; and
3. Be physically fit to meet industry requirements.

Applicants who have completed previous study in Community Services or Health areas will be well regarded.

Current and valid Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Children, with Vulnerable People and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this course.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit for further information.


Please view the English requirements for international students on this page.


Core Units

  • CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCMGT001 Develop, implement and review quality framework
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
  • BSBFIM601 Manage finances
  • BSBINN601 Lead and manage organisational change
  • BSBMGT608 Manage innovation and continuous improvement
  • BSBRSK501 Manage risk

Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
  • CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
  • BSBMGT616 Develop and implement strategic plans
  • CHCMGT002 Manage partnership agreements with service providers
  • CHCMGT004 Secure and manage funding
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $7,995

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus or Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: CHC62015

  • RPL: Yes

  • VET Student Loans Eligible: Yes

  • VET Student Loan Cap: $10,717
  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $12,950

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus or Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: CHC62015

  • CRICOS Course Code:  093207D
  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
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