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Community Development courses

Learn the skills to manage services, departments and projects in community organisations and government services. We offer a range of study so you can study at TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.


Our graduates find employment opportunities across the following sectors:

  • government (Local, State and Federal)
  • non-government organisations
  • not-for-profit companies
  • private companies.


Our community development courses are provided by:

Short courses 2 courses

Duration: 16 weeks
This course is for people working in the community and health industry who focus on alcohol and drug support.
Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 2 courses

Duration: 1.5 years
Learn the skills and knowledge required for leadership and management in community development and play a role in educating the public through health programs.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to manage services, departments and projects in a range of community organisations and government services.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 2 courses

Duration: 3 years

Make a difference with this Community Development course by aiming for an ethical and worthwhile career building strong, sustainable communities in Australia.

Duration: 3 years
Gain in-depth knowledge of our justice systems and a holistic approach to community justice with the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

Postgraduate 3 courses

Duration: 0.5 years

Further your career in international humanitarian and development aid with the Graduate Certificate in International Community Development.

Duration: 1 year

Take an important role in community development. Get involved in social change, human rights, and sustainable development at a global or local level.

Duration: 2 years

Become a leader in social change, human rights and sustainable development at a global or local level, with the Master of International Community Development.

Postgraduate research 1 course

Postgraduate Research

Research postgraduate

Our Office for Research provides support to our current and future researchers, such as:

  • identify a research topic
  • find a supervisor
  • apply for research supervision or grants.
Duration: 2 years
Undertake a Master of Arts (Research) at VU to gain a respected qualification in the humanities, arts or social sciences.
"My study at VU has opened my eyes and my mind to the world. The university is such a mix of cultures, stories and experiences set in an all-embracing environment. My Bachelor of Arts (Community Development – International Stream) enabled me to combine my love of travel with study. As well as studying abroad in Fiji for two semesters, I attended a month long program in India where I worked in a remote village, helping local women set up sustainable and empowering businesses.
Sam Suendermann

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