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This program gives graduates a variety of employment opportunities within the health, disability and community services industries. The Diploma of Community Services equips you with the skills and knowledge to specialise in case management and coordination of services; program 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. Credit for previous experience/study may apply.

Direct entry into the Diploma is available to eligible applicants; or you might choose to study the Certificate IV in Community Services before commencing a Diploma program.

This qualification 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 other important information, please read our Pre-admission 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 $15,793 applies to this program.

This course includes 160 hours of industry placement in an approved industry setting. The placement is included as part of the course duration.
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 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 program.

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.


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

  • 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

Subsidised by the Government of South Australia for eligible participants.  Eligibility and subsidy criteria applies.  Check your eligibility at

  • Co-Contribution Fee: $1,350

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295
  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

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

  • Qual Code: CHC52015

  • RPL: Yes

  • VET Student Loans Eligible: Yes

  • VET Student Loan Cap: $15,793
  • Resources Required: Yes

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

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus

  • Qual Code: CHC52015

  • CRICOS Course Code; 089502J
  • RPL: Yes
  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
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