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Community Services courses

If you are interested in counselling or home and community care, we have many community services courses to help get your career pointing in the right direction. You can study at short course, TAFE or postgraduate level.


Our graduates find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • counselling
  • mental health professional
  • disability services
  • community services
  • financial counselling.


Short courses 4 courses

Duration: 16 weeks

Complete this course and gain recognition of your experience providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) support in the community and health industry.

Gain a clear understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and learn how to work with a NDIS participants.

Duration: 3 weeks
A preparation course which provides students with a the skills required to pass the Victoria Police Entrance Examination.
Duration: 8 weeks
Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to work with vulnerable children and young people in youth residential care settings.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 11 courses

Duration: 1 year
Gain knowledge and experience in providing support to older people with complex needs, and working with groups of older people.
Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills required to provide a range of services and interventions to people with alcohol and other drugs issues.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to manage services, departments and projects in a range of community organisations and government services.
Duration: 1.5 years

Start training for a career in community services while you complete your secondary school studies, with the Certificate II in Community Services.

Duration: 9 months
Develop skills to work directly with clients in the community sector. You can focus on community services or community development work.
Duration: 9 months
This course reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and groups.
Duration: 2 years
Gain skills and knowledge to work in the community welfare sector. Learn to deliver services, provide programs and develop projects for people in community-based settings.
Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills to provide support and training to people with disabilities in community-based and residential settings.
Duration: 0.5 years
Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to work in the aged, disability, home and community care industry.

Develop the skills for a rewarding career in the fast-growing health industry, working with people experiencing mental health issues.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 1 course

Duration: 3 years

Develop the legal and social understanding to solve real problems in the community with VU's Bachelor of Criminology.

Postgraduate 3 courses

Duration: 2 years

Pursue a career as a community psychologist. Become a part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.

Duration: 2 years

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling will extend your expertise in counselling theory and practice.

Duration: 2 years
Further your knowledge in counselling theory and practice through VU’s Master of Counselling.
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