Are you currently working in the alcohol and other drugs sector (AOD)? Would you like to develop your skills through further study? This course is ideal for team leaders and staff with sufficient work experience within the community services sector.
You will learn through a combination of workshops and field trips.
If you are working in the AOD sector, this course may assist you to advance to a team leader or coordinator role, or work in specialist AOD services.
Formal training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is short, accredited training included within the course.
Our teaching staff are experienced professionals currently working in the AOD and complex care sector. Once graduated, you might gain work in a range of contexts including community mental health and AOD organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.
Classes include a combination of work-related learning, simulated workplace tasks and assessments, role-plays and oral presentations.
Assessment occurs through a variety of methods including:
- written reports
- class participation
- class activities
- online discussion
Guest lecturers will provide relevant and up-to-date industry information.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
If you are not already working within the AOD sector, you will need to participate in a self-sourced industry project or placement.
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Program code: C5346
National curriculum code: CHC53215
With the current shortage of skilled workers in the community services AOD sector, RMIT graduates are highly sought after for a wide range of positions, including those in:
- detox and rehabilitation services
- psycho-social support services – including residential, day program and outreach
- recreational programs
- local government
Successful completion of this course may provide pathway opportunities into undergraduate and postgraduate studies in social work, youth work and psychology.
Job titles include:
- case manager
- community support worker
- drug and alcohol clinician
- intake and assessment worker
- outreach worker
If you are not working in the AOD sector, completion of the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs can assist you in gaining employment.
If you are working in the AOD sector, this program may assist you to advance to team leader or coordinator roles, or work in specialist AOD services.
You must have:
- successfully completed the Certificate IV in Mental Health
- successfully completed the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
- a related qualification with relevant work experience
- significant relevant work experience
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:
- a CV
- a personal statement that details your experience
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Can I complete this program?
In order to complete this program, students are required to meet the inherent requirements.
About inherent requirements
This information is provided to inform you about:
- the types of activities which you may reasonably expect to undertake throughout your program
- the non-academic abilities you may need for these activities.
The description of inherent requirements below will help you to:
- understand more about each program
- determine if you may need support during your program
- make an informed decision about the suitability of various programs
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with your program co-ordinator, program manager or the Disability Liaison Unit.
RMIT is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion. We support students with a disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition by making reasonable adjustments to our teaching and learning, assessment, professional experience and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activities to enable students to participate fully.
In order to receive adjustments, you need to register with the Disability Liaison Unit.
Find out more about our disability services.
Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher gain guaranteed entry (subject to certain criteria) and are eligible for exemptions:
- Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology
- Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
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: AU$5,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$10,750* 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.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
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.