Bachelor of Human Services


The EQUALS Bachelor of Human Services is a professional, integrated and comprehensive human services course that offers comprehensive up to date knowledge and experience discipline-specific, practical and applied training. From core learning and the development of critical skills and thinking, through to the development of ethical practice and professionalism, you’ll emerge as a competent practitioner with knowledge and experience across a number of industry contexts, including:

  • Children and young people’s services
  • Aged care services
  • Disability services
  • Mental health

You will practice applying your knowledge through latest case studies, unique problem solving, group collaboration, essays, the completion of practical exercises, uniqueprofessional placements, research, and examinations.

You will integrate management and leadership studies in the context of the health sector and be able to facilitate the integration of clinical understanding, management and leadership skills, and an applied knowledge of Australia’s health care system and policy framework. 

You will become a ‘work-ready’ graduate with acquired knowledge and experience in contemporary human services and health management. You’ll gain both depth and breadth; from traditional heath management administration units, through to more specialised options. 


The Bachelor of Human Services includes two shorter award courses, or nested courses:

Diploma of Human Services (exit point 1) – Students who have successfully completed the first 8 units of the Bachelor of Human Services may exit with the Diploma.

Associate Degree in Human Services (exit point 2) – Students who have successfully completed the first 16 units of the Bachelor of Human Services may exit with the Associate Degree.


Do you have an interest in the Community Services Sector? Perhaps you are passionate about integrating quality management and leadership processes within the Australian health care industry? Human servicesand health management ensures that public and private investment in health is being well managed and planned to provide optimal and effective services. The health care and social assistance sector remains one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, ensuring the demand for high-quality professionals on a range of human service professions.

Receive the latest in comprehensive education through our Bachelor of Human Services which provides graduates with diverse, industry-focused theoretical knowledge and practice. 

Graduates can expect to purse meaningful careers and pathways in:

  • Child, youth and adolescent services
  • Family services
  • Community services
  • Disability services
  • Migrants and refugees’ agencies
  • Homelessness and social housing agencies
  • Alcohol and other drug services
  • Gender-based and domestic violence services
  • Aged care services
  • Local, state and commonwealth government departments and agencies
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous services

Level: Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level seven qualification

Units: 24 units

Study mode: full-time face to face delivery only


This course is delivered at the Adelaide campus.

Full time study duration:

  • By standard study mode (2 trimesters per academic year) = 3 years full time equivalent
  • By accelerated study mode (3 trimesters per academic year) = 2 years full time equivalent

Academic Calendar.

The course structure:  14 core units; 4 electives; Professional practice placements equivalent to six units

In the first year, the program includes the following core, foundational units:

• Introduction to social and human services in Australia (100 level)
• Principles of professional practice and business management skills (100 level)
• Foundations of psychology (100 level)
• Communications skills for human services professionals (100 level)
• Culture, diversity, and gender (100 level)
• Legal and ethical dimensions of human services practice (100 level)

You will undertake the first of your professional practice industry placements in your first year.
Practical placement units occur in every second trimester of the course.

When you have completed all 6 unit equivalent practical placements, you will have met the professional experience requirements for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).  EQUALS is currently seeking course accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).


The Bachelor of Human Services provides you with a broad and cohesive knowledge of key theories and practice relevant to the human services for application in a range of professional contexts and to instil a commitment to sustainable practice and ongoing professional development and learning.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services will be able to:

  • Apply a broad, coherent and integrated knowledge of theory and practice in the human services environment
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in the underlying principles and concepts of human services including policy development, ethics and legal practice, financial management, people management, and specific policy areas as a basis for ethical professional practice and independent learning
  • Critically review and analyse administrative and discipline-specific knowledge and practice, and synthesise information for effective decision making
  • Apply technical and creative skills to manage core human services operations and resolve problems and difficulties through critical and innovative thinking and informed judgement in accordance with ethical and professional business practices
  • Communicate knowledge, skills, and ideas with clarity and coherence to develop and influence collaborative and cooperative relationships with business, industry, and clinical stakeholders
  • Apply knowledge and skills with initiative and informed judgment in human services planning, problem solving and decision making processes
  • Work collaboratively in teams
  • Adapt knowledge, concepts, and technical skills in diverse contexts and settings
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the application of knowledge and skills for professional practice, ongoing professional development, and when working in collaboration with stakeholders.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services course will be professional practitioners who:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the service of humanity through an expression of humility and compassion
  • advocate for diversity, justice, and equality and seek to empower others
  • demonstrate professional competence in all aspects of human services and community work delivery
  • strive to maintain the highest professional standards of care and personal integrity; and
  • are committed to continuing to improve their own professional practice through learning and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

As a graduate you will be:

  • equipped with the cognitive and analytical skills, judgement, anddecision making abilities necessary to succeed in the human services/health management sector
  • encouraged and enabled to be advocates of lifelong learning and ethical practice
  • well-equipped to achieve your own goals and ambitions within the sector
  • eligible for membership of professional groups, organisations, and industry peak bodies; and
  • equipped with skills and attributes tocontinue on to further study.

Proposed:  EQUALS is a registered Higher Education Provider under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Act 2011 and the Bachelor of Human Services is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Provider registration number: PRV14279

Course ID: CRS1400640

The Bachelor of Human Services (Health Management) is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework


Graduates can expect to pursue meaningful careers and pathways in:

  • child, youth and adolescent services
  • family services
  • community services
  • disability services
  • migrants and refugees agencies
  • homelessness and social housing agencies
  • alcohol and other drugs services
  • gender-based and domestic violence services
  • aged care services
  • mental health services
  • local, state and commonwealth government departments and agencies
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous services

You can start at the beginning of the first two trimester study periods each year.

Upcoming enrolment and commencement dates for this year are:

Enrol by: 07 February 2020 | 11 May 2020

Intake trimester start and end dates vary. Consult your Letter of Offer or the Academic Calendar.


Please find the current Academic Calendar by clicking on the following link: 


You need to be at least 18 years of age at the time of commencement.

Please read the following to find admission information most useful criteria for your individual circumstances.


Read the criteria below to identify what best describes your background?

  • Higher education study

For those applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education (school) is an accredited higher education provider (including university).

  • Vocational education and training (VET) study

For those applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education (school) is an accredited VET course.

  • Work and life experience (includes less recent secondary results)

For those applicants who left secondary education (school) more than two years ago and have not undertaken any VET or higher education study since then.

  • Adult and Mature Aged Entry (applicants with work and life experience)

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success; OR

formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success; OR

written submission to demonstrate reasonable likelihood of success.

  • Recent secondary education

Applicants whose admission is based mostly on secondary education completed at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (Australian or overseas equivalent) that was/will be completed within the previous two years.

  • School leavers and applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 65 (or equivalent)

  • Non-School Leavers

A completed higher education qualification at AQF level IV (Certificate IV) or above, or

equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO) or another accredited higher education provider


Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

  • Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) For more details, visit


Applicants will participate in an admissions interview in person or via a web based video meeting.  This is an important opportunity to meet an Admissions Advisor who will spend time understanding your application and career goals for academic consideration.  It is also an ideal opportunity to ask questions and learn more about student life at EQUALS.


Applicants will participate in an admissions interview in person or via a web-based video meeting.  This is an important opportunity to meet an Admissions Advisor who will spend time understanding your application and career goals.  It is also an ideal opportunity to ask questions and learn more about student life at EQUALS. Regardless of your nominated entry pathway, you are required to support your application by demonstrating your capacity to meet the academic, ethical and participation demands of your course of choice at interview.


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The 2020 the tuition fee for each unit in this course is:

  • $2,163 for domestic students

GST is not applicable for accredited higher education courses.

The indicative 2020 annual course fee for domestic students is:

  • $17,304 for full time standard study mode (for 2 trimesters of 4 units)
  • $25,956 for full time accelerated study mode (for 3 trimesters of 4 units)

Tuition fees are subject to annual review and adjustment. Actual tuition fees payable are the fees published prior to the commencement of each academic year for that year.

Access the Fee Schedule (Tuition and Non-Tuition) or you can be found on the provided link or on the Forms and Downloads page.


Please feel free to Ask a Question  to find out more, or if you’re ready, please submit an online Application for Enrolment contact us at

If you have any questions about this course please feel free to contact an Admissions Advisor at providing your preferred contact details and we will get back to you as soon as practicable.  Expressions of Interest for a particular course of study can be made at any time.


Applications are typically assessed within a 5 day period however delays may apply in peak periods.

Your application for admission is assessed by an Admissions Advisor.

Applicants who apply to undertake a course of study must submit certified documentary evidence to demonstrate that they meet the published entry requirements of their chosen course. An original or certified copy of documentation must be provided and sighted by the Admissions Advisor.

Qualifications submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified official translation.

Where there is any doubt about the authenticity of any documentation provided, the Admissions Advisor may correspond with the issuer of the document and make relevant enquiries.

All non-standard (non-typical) applications and their assessment are validated by the Academic Director.


Students may apply to take a leave of absence from a course (defer) for up to 12 months in duration.

For more details please refer to our Policies and Procedures page or speak with a Student Advisor regarding your personal situation.


If you have completed formal studies in a similar area or have work experience you may be eligible for credit through a recognition for prior learning pathway.

The Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedure can be found on our Policies and Procedures page along with an application form.

If you wish to be granted credit for prior study or learning, please apply for credit for recognition of prior learning on the associated form with your application for enrolment.

Please note that a maximum of 40% recognition for prior learning may be granted towards the Bachelor of Human Services course.


If you are made an offer to study at EQUALS, you will receive a Letter of Offer which will include details on how to accept your offer.  This Letter of Offer is based on the documented evidence provided and subject to the application meeting the published entry criteria. It is important that you carefully read and understand the Letter of Offer.  Any conditions of the offer are clearly specified in the Letter of Offer.

If you have any questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at +61 8 8110 1200 or by email at

Applications are assessed in accordance with the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure


Your enrolment may be cancelled if statements made by you in your application for enrolment are proven to be false.

You will be deemed to be no longer enrolled in a course if you have been excluded on academic or disciplinary grounds.


EQUALS has established an appeal process to ensure that academic/non-academic student concerns (or matters) are treated in a transparent, timely and just matter. EQUALS ensures that you have access to a fair and equitable process for dealing with grievances and provides an avenue for you to appeal against decisions that might affect your progress. 

An applicant may appeal against a decision to refuse admission to a course.  The grounds for appeal are that the decision is inconsistent with EQUALS’ policy. An informal grievance must be made in writing and lodged with the Academic Director within twenty working days of the applicant receiving written notification of the decision to refuse their application. The Academic Director responds in writing to the appeal within twenty working days and may confirm or vary the decision. 

If an applicant remains dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal against a decision to refuse admission to a coursethey may utilise EQUALS’ Student Grievance Handling Policy and Procedure (Academic and Non-Academic).


Following enrolment and prior to commencing the course, you’ll be invited to attend a compulsory, comprehensive Student Orientation week program. The Orientation Week will introduce you to various aspects of studying with EQUALS, including:


  • Introduction to Work Integrated Learning
  • Research Skills
  • Using Library Services
  • Utilising EQOnline (Moodle Learning Management System)
  • Study Skills
  • Understanding Rights and Obligations
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social and networking events with fellow students, employers and EQUALS staff

EQUALS staff are available to support you, both before you enrol and following your enrolment. You can contact us on +61 (0)8 8110 1200 or alternatively contact a Student Services Advisor via email at

Our support services include:

  • academic issues
  • general study assistance
  • disability support
  • pastoral care (including help with personal, social issues)
  • student grants
  • scholarships
  • study allowances and financial support (including child care assistance)
  • special needs assistance and
  • hardship related issues.

 Additional external information can be found at the following websites:

  • Austudy provides financial support to eligible Australian students
  • Abstudy provides financial support to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Being Well – Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
  • Student Start Up Loans provides information regarding financial assistance with initial study costs.
  • Student Payments and Scholarships outlines information from the Study Assist site, on payments and scholarships
  • Study Assist provides information for students about Australian Government help for tertiary study, including information about subsidised fees and government loans.
  • Youth Disability Supplement providing information for young students living with different abilities.

EQUALS makes no claim to ownership of intellectual property created by students in the course of their studies.


The student representative feeds back important actions and news monthly to the class managers and the students via the student newsletter and social media. 

Student Representation on the Academic Board

Students are represented on EQUALS’ Academic Boardand on the Learning and Teaching Committee to provide input about the learning and teaching environment and any other matters that directly, or indirectly, affect students. This provides a mechanism for students to participate in the academic decision-making processes at EQUALS. 

Students are advised of how they can nominate to become a member of the Academic Board as part of their Induction and Orientation program. 

Class Managers

Class Managers are elected by students, for students. They are also an important communication link between student and the management at EQUALS.  Class Managers should be:

  • committed and caring individuals who are keen to support fellow students
  • able to represent peers in a just and positive manner, and
  • be able to identify innovations and improvements to programs and student services.

Class Managers participate in regular meetings with key leadership staff and contribute to the overall operations and direction of EQUALS.


Can be accessed here or at our Forms and Downloads page.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with your enquiry.

We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with the documents on the Policies and Procedures so that you understand your obligations and rights and our obligations to you.

  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $2,163 per unit

  • Number of Units: 24

  • Duration:  By standard study mode (2 trimesters per academic year) = 3 years full time equivalent. By accelerated study mode (3 trimesters per academic year) = 2 years full time equivalent

  • Intakes: 2 per year. Intakes only at the start of Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, 2020.
  • Study Mode: Face to face only. Full attendance required

  • Credit and Advance Standing: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current

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