You’ll learn to design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups. As a community services worker, you provide support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.
This course is designed to give you entry level knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of roles in the community services sector as well as further study.
You will be qualified to work in the sector in a broad range of roles in community service organisations.
RMIT offers you a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, presentations and group discussions.
You will learn through:
- classes on the City Campus that are designed to provide interaction, discussion and development of ideas and skills
- specialist guest speakers to provide insights into current workplace practices
- extensive online resources and support of both the content areas and the study skills to support learning
- both group and individual opportunities for learning and assessment
- support for students to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required to succeed in the program
- assessments that are designed to prepare you for work-ready performance and/or further study
The course will enable you to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to workplace practices.
Assessment tasks will include:
- individual and group presentations
- demonstration of practical skills in a range of formats including simulations
- written reflections
The community services industry plays a key role in the wellbeing of communities across Australia. Community services workers are known for providing welfare and support services that attend to the needs of the most vulnerable people in the community. Roles in the sector fall under two main categories:
- Direct community service activities provided to individuals and families
- Community sector activities, including working with groups and communities, social planning, advocacy and social action, assistance to other organisations.
Our community services discipline has a reputation for delivering high quality vocational education programs designed and developed in partnership with industry.
This course is designed in consultation with industry partners including:
- Anglicare Victoria
- MacKillop Family Services
You will engage with industry through:
- guest speaker presentations
- simulated work-based assessments
- teachers who have extensive industry experience and networks within the industry.
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Program code: C4363
National curriculum code: CHC42015
Upon successful completion of this this program you will be qualified to work in the sector in a broad range of roles as a:
- Case worker
- Health education officer
- Community services worker
- Outreach officer
- Community support worker
- Support worker
- Domestic violence worker
- Welfare support worker
- Early intervention homelessness worker
- Welfare worker
- Family support worker
You must submit a personal statement with your application outlining:
- your reasons for wanting to study this course
- your intended career path
- the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
Free TAFE for priority courses
From January 1 2019, the Victorian Government is waiving tuition fees for this program, as well as other priority government-subsidised non-apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$850* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$4,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$9,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.