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1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications due 23 February 2018


Help create better outcomes for communities with a Diploma of Community Development at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and skills required for leadership in the community sector. You will learn to work in partnership with communities to build their capacity, resilience and self-determination.

You’ll gain the tools to educate the public through programs on health advocacy and community consultation. You’ll develop specific community development skills as well as broad skills for community services work, such as:

  • advocacy
  • facilitation
  • needs assessment
  • empowerment.

As part of your studies, you will undertake a fieldwork placement and an industry project. You will even have the opportunity to undertake your placement in an international location; in 2016, students went to Malaysia. These opportunities will give you valuable practical experience and on-the-job confidence.

Award-winning learning model

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities. 

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[Supp. Desc. Info] CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development


Gain the skills required for leadership in the community sector with Victoria Polytechnic's Diploma of Community Development.

Careers in community development

The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing, with good job prospects for community development professionals (JobOutlook). The Diploma of Community Development from Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door, with an emphasis on the skills required for leadership roles.

Community development aims to facilitate community members working together to build better outcomes. This course will prepare you to use a creative and flexible approach to address the social, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of the community. You’ll have the skills and understanding to be a passionate and collaborative community development worker.

Our graduates find employment developing and delivering programs in not-for-profit organisations, government departments and the community sector.

Potential job titles include:

  • community development officer
  • settlement worker
  • community builder
  • outcomes manager
  • community housing resources worker
  • neighbourhood centre manager
  • project manager.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

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Course structure

To be awarded CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development, a student must successfully complete a total of fourteen (14) units of competency, consisting of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;

  • six (6) elective units, of which:

  • at least three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development qualification, and;

  • up to three (3) units can be selected from the electives listed in the CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development qualification or any endorsed training package or accredited course - these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of community services workers who manage the development and delivery of programs that build capacity of communities to influence and guide their own future through public social change processes. At this level, workers have specialised skills with complexity in the range and choices of actions required. Workers will generally have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers. This work may be undertaken through organisations working across a range of social, environment, health, economic, arts and culture, recreation sectors.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

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.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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