Bachelor of Community Development

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  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

Community Development practitioners make a real difference by developing programs and initiatives to build strong, participatory and sustainable communities.

We offer two specialisations in the course.

One specialisation relates to global issues and international community development.

The second specialisation focuses on community development in the Australian context.

In either specialisation you would study community development approaches while also developing the professional skills that will equip you as a community development practitioner.

You will also analyse social and political issues relevant to your chosen specialisation.

A key component of the course in a program of placements in community development organisations.

If you're  a student who has taken relevant diplomas, you will receive credit for prior study.


Graduating with a degree in Community Development from Victoria University will prepare you for a rewarding career where you can make a real difference in your local community or abroad.

Job titles

  • Project or volunteer co-ordinator
  • Community development/liaison officer
  • Advocacy campaigner
  • Policy officer
  • International aid worker
  • Researcher.

Organisations employing community development graduates

Graduates can typically find employment in a wide range of roles in not-for-profit and charitable organisations, community or government sectors.


The average salary for community development professionals is about A$54,600. (Job Outlook)

Employment rates

Employment prospects for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers to November 2017 are expected to grow strongly. Employment in this sector has risen strongly over the past 10 years (Job Outlook).


Fieldwork placements form an integral part of this course. Students  gain practical experience working with non-government organisations (NGOs), community groups, government or on campaigns. Students undertake several hundred hours of placements over the duration of the course.

Study pathways

If you have completed the following diploma or advanced diploma course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services Work

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

CHC52115 - Diploma of Community Development

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Evaluate community development approaches in both international and local contexts;
  2. Design community development interventions relating to social and cultural contexts;
  3. Analyse theory and practice of community development;
  4. Develop a scholarly approach to researching in community development;
  5. Exhibit effective communication, advocacy and community organising skills for social change;
  6. Interrogate the policy contexts of government and non-government organisations.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Community Development students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) College Core studies;

  • 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) Professional Core studies including 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) Capstone studies;

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from List A Minor studies;

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from List B Minor studies.

Year 1

College Core Units

Year 1

Professional Core Units

Year 2

Professional Core Units


48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from List A or B Minors studies

Year 3

Professional Core Units


Capstone Units


48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from List A or B Minor studies


Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent).

    Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).

  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent)
    Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent)
    IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

How to apply for this course

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Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

Non-secondary school students

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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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