Education & Community Services Courses

Diploma of Community Services


Up to 52 weeks

On Campus | Blended

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This course gives graduates a variety of employment opportunities within the health, disability and community services industries. The Diploma of Community Services CHC52015 equips you with the skills and knowledge to specialise in case management and coordination of services; course coordination; delivery of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities; and new business development in the community services sector.

Our students enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention is given to their individual needs. Recognition of prior learning may apply.

Direct entry into the Diploma is available to eligible applicants.

This diploma provides a pathway into further study at Advanced Diploma level, and/or pathways to Higher Education qualifications in Social Work, Disability or Strategic Leadership.

For more information, please read our Student Handbook. You can access it here.

Alternatively, please contact to have the handbook emailed to you.

PLEASE NOTE: The CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services has been superseded, you must complete your qualification within the Teach Out period, i.e. you must complete your qualification no later than 31st December 2024. To receive your qualification by this date, you must have submitted all course documentation and met your course requirements by no later than 01st November 2024. If you do not complete all requirements by this date, you may choose to be transferred to the replacement qualification however this will incur additional costs, assessment requirements and Work Integrated Learning requirements to you.  You can register your interest for the new qualification for expected 2024 intake here.

Subsidised Training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Check your eligibility here.

Subsidy available


Traineeship available


Entry Requirements

Entry to Diploma study at EQUALS requires:
Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or
Completion of a Certificate III or equivalent; or Mature Age Entry.

Applicants who have completed previous study in Community Services, Aged Care or Disability 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 note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of placement host facilities.

Current First Aid certification may be a requirement for industry placement; this is at the discretion of the industry host.

Study Units

Core Units

  • CHCCCS007: Develop and implement service programs
  • CHCCOM003: Develop workplace communication strategies
  • CHCDEV002: Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • CHCDIV003: Manage and promote diversity
  • CHCLEG003: Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCMGT005: Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
  • CHCPRP003: Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTWHS004: Manage work health and safety


Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • CHCCSM004: Coordinate complex case requirements
  • CHCCSM005: Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSM006: Provide case management supervision
  • CHCMHS013: Implement trauma informed care
  • CHCCCS019: Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCMGT004: Secure and manage funding
  • BSBFIM501: Manage budgets and financial plans
  • BSBRSK501: Manage risk

VET Student Loans

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 $16,221 applies to this course

Domestic Study Mode

On Campus | Blended

Work Integrated Learning

This course includes 160 hours of work placement in an approved industry setting. The placement is included as part of the course duration. No extra fees apply.

Nationally Recognised Training


National Recognition (Credit Transfer) and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have related prior education and experiences, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please follow this link for more information on applying for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have successfully completed units of competency from this qualification previously, you may be eligible for National Recognition, please follow this link for more information on National Recognition (Credit Transfer).

International Study Mode

On Campus

Domestic VET Student Loans Eligible


Domestic VET Loan Cap