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Diploma of Community Services

Course Code: CHC52021 | CRICOS 112616C

Course Duration: 104 weeks* (8 Terms)

Course Summary

Our Diploma of Community Services is a comprehensive program meticulously crafted to provide you with the essential theoretical and practical knowledge for roles in community services, case management, and social housing.

This carefully designed course empowers you with skills that are versatile and applicable across diverse settings. From the delivery and management of person-centred services to addressing the complexities of community services, our curriculum ensures a holistic skill development experience.

Throughout the program, you will immerse yourself in a wide range of topics, including effective communication with diverse individuals and organisations, reflective practice, program planning and development, active participation in group work, and a thorough exploration of case management fundamentals. The emphasis on real-world application allows you to gain confidence and competence through hands-on exercises, simulations, and case studies.

Benefit from the expertise of experienced instructors—seasoned professionals and educators who bring extensive experience in community services to the classroom.

This course not only provides valuable networking opportunities with fellow students, alumni, and industry professionals but also sets you on a path toward various fulfilling career opportunities. Upon completion, you will be well-equipped for roles in community services, case management, and social housing, ready to make meaningful contributions to individuals, groups, and communities.

Explore further and download our course brochure to learn more on a career in community services.

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What You Will Learn

This course involves a combination of various learning activities such as: case studies, project assessments, research work, knowledge assessment and computer aided design. By completing this course you will gain skills and knowledge in areas such as:

  • Case management supervision
  • Manage complex community services cases
  • Establish counselling relationships
  • Impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • Develop workplace communication strategies
  • Develop community engagement strategies
  • Manage people performance
  • Manage work health and safety
  • Develop community service programs
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must hold a current Approved visa for study in Australia (at the time of course commencement)
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory completion of studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification*
  • Are required to provide evidence of any one of the following tests of upper intermediate proficiency in English: (see exemptions below)
English Language Tests
ItemTest NameAlso known asMinimum Test Score
1International English Language Testing systemIELTS Test

• Overall band score 6.0; or;

• Overall band score 5.5 if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• Overall band score of 5.0 if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

2Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) testCertificate in Advanced English

• 169; or

• 162, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 154, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

3Pearson Test of English AcademicPTE

• 50; or

• 42, if packaged with at least 12 weeks ELICOS; or

• 36, if packaged with at least 24 weeks ELICOS.

4Occupational English TestOET• A score of at least B for each test component of the OET.

*On 26 July 2023 the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) stopped offering English language tests for Australian visa purposes. A score for a TOEFL iBT test taken on or after 26 July 2023 will no longer satisfy the English langauge requirement for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes. Only TOEFL iBT scores from a test taken on or before 25 July 2023 are accepted for Approved visa for study in Australia purposes.

* Under 18 students must have welfare and accommodation arrangements approved by the Department of Home Affairs.


You do not need to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if one of the following applies:

  •  You are a citizen and hold a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, or Republic of Ireland
  • You are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES)
  • You are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course
  •  You have completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • In the 2 years before applying for the approved visa for study in Australia, you completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a approved visa for study in Australia.

Note: You may be required to provide evidence of an English test score with your visa application if you hold a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.


Study Pathway

Bachelor of Community Services

*Course not available via SSC or pathway universities

Career Pathway

Full-time share


Employment size

2,112,600 workers

Average age

41 years

Weekly pay


Gender share

76.2% female

Future growth


Jobs Roles

Jobs Roles Available Avg. Salary Offered Annual Salary Range Offered Weekly Salary Source of occupation and Salary Range
Health Coordinator
$81,581 – $108,532
Aboriginal Health Worker
$60,398 – $87,301
Aboriginal Health Unit Hub
$137,173 – $163,431
Recruiter – Agency – Limelight Health
$65000.00 – $95000
Palliative Care Aboriginal Health Worker
$81,581 – $108,532
Senior Aboriginal Health Worker (Male)
$90,593.00 – $93,972
Case Worker Homelessness Service
$ 82000
Community Coordinator
$83988 – $88396
Community Link Worker
$82122 – $88366
Job Role Descriptions

Explore Exciting Career Opportunities in Community Services

Are you passionate about making a difference in the health and well-being of individuals and communities? At South Sydney College, we offer specialized programs in Community Services designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in this rewarding field. Take a look at the diverse job roles and average salaries awaiting you upon completion of our programs:

Health Coordinator
Average Salary: $95,057
Coordinate health programs and services to optimize community health outcomes.

Aboriginal Health Worker
Average Salary: $73,850
Provide culturally sensitive health care and support to Indigenous communities.

Aboriginal Health Unit Hub
Average Salary: $150,302
Manage and oversee operations of Aboriginal health units, ensuring effective service delivery.

Recruiter – Agency – Limelight Health
Average Salary: $80,000
Recruit qualified healthcare professionals for agency placement, ensuring staffing needs are met.

Palliative Care Aboriginal Health Worker
Average Salary: $95,057
Offer specialized palliative care services to Indigenous communities with compassion and cultural understanding.

Senior Aboriginal Health Worker (Male)
Average Salary: $92,283
Take a leadership role in delivering health programs and services tailored to Indigenous male health needs.

Case Worker Homelessness Service
Average Salary: $82,000

Community Coordinator
Average Salary: $86,692
Coordinate community programs and initiatives to address health and social issues.

Community Link Worker
Average Salary: $85,244
Facilitate access to healthcare and community services for individuals and families in need.

Enroll in our Health and Community Services programs today at South Sydney College and embark on a fulfilling career dedicated to improving the well-being of others!

Course Fee

Click here for the latest Price Guide

Special pricing is available for applicants currently applying within Australia.

Please contact our Education Advisors for details on specials that may be available for your country and course.

Latest fees and schedules are in the course infopack.

Intake Dates

2024: 29-JAN, 26-FEB, 11-MAR, 15-APR, 13-MAY, 8-JUL, 5-AUG, 23-SEP, 14-OCT, 4-NOV, 25-NOV, 16-DEC
2025: 27-JAN, 17-FEB, 10-MAR, 14-APR, 5-MAY, 26-MAY, 7-JUL, 28-JUL, 18-AUG, 22-SEP, 13-OCT, 3-NOV, 24-NOV, 15-DEC

Campus Location

Main Campus (Burwood)
GM Tower Level 2,
11-15 Deane St,
Burwood, NSW 2134
[email protected]
+61 2 8599 8866

Why Study With
South Sydney College

Live & Study In Sydney, Australia

Attend classes with other overseas students under our expert trainers in our Sydney campus.

Nationally Recognised Qualification

SSC is a registered provider of nationally recognised and accredited training courses for both Australian and International Students.

Flexible Study Methods

We have multiple intake schedules throughout the year with a mix of face-to-face and online classes.

Industry Experienced Trainers

All expert trainers have years of experience in their field and mentor International Students every year.

Primer Student Service

Our dedicated student co-ordinators are always ready to help through mentoring, tutorials, and guides while you study in Sydney.

Student VISA

We will guide you throughout the whole process and help you collect requirements and file your application to the Australian Government.

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