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Bring positive change to people with disability and their communities

If you want a rewarding career supporting and empowering people to bring positive change to their lives and communities - this is the qualification for you! With a focus on Disability Work, you'll gain the skills to work directly with clients and/or on community education or development projects, as well as being able to supervise staff and volunteers. Course details

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Springfield, Toowoomba

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Blended: up to 1.5 years / up to 30 hours per week

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  • Full Fee $6,940
  • Subsidised $3,895
  • Concession $2,981

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Are you passionate about working with people with disabilities?

Gain the skills and knowledge required to assist in lifestyle support, individual health, emotional wellbeing and community participation.

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Course snapshot

Key dates

Springfield 16 Jul 2018 up to 30 hours per week Blended
Toowoomba 16 Jul 2018 up to 30 hours per week Blended

Entry requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, the following will assist you in discerning if you are ready for study at this level:

  • Are you volunteering or working in the disability services field? Although much of your assessment is based on simulation, some learning and assessment tasks are based on activities in the community services sector. For this reason, you need to be participating in the industry. Please refer to the 'Placement' section below for further details. If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the industry, it is strongly recommended that you consider the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).
  • Do you have a Blue Card? You will be required to hold or obtain a Blue Card whilst working or volunteering in the community sector.
  • Do you have literacy levels equivalent to a successful completion of year 12 English? Study will involve a range of reading comprehension activities, analysis of information and interpretation, working with policies and legislation, completing forms, hand-written and electronic reports, writing case notes and referrals, and conducting research and referencing.
  • Do you have a range of study skills, self-motivation and reasonable independence to direct your study? External study is very flexible, but this means you need to foster self-discipline in organising your study time, so as to pace yourself to meet your assessment deadlines.
  • Although functioning fairly independently in your learning, do you feel confident in contacting your teacher or other support staff when needed? Contact from your teacher will occur, but it is important that you feel free to initiate contact when needed, as well. Staff at TAFE are here to support you throughout your training.


Education City Drive
Springfield QLD 4304

100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Resources required

A range of Disability services resources and texts are available from the TAFE Queensland South West Library, under the 'Subject Guides - Community/Disability Services' category.

You will require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also require personal stationery (pen and paper), and a valid email address.


You will complete one group of units per semester (each semester runs for approximately 120 weeks). To successfully complete each group within this timeframe, you will be required to undertake approximately 30 hours of independent study per week.

In addition to this, to successfully complete this qualification you will be required to attend 3 days of Intensive Skills Workshops each semester.  Please refer to timetables for dates and location information.

You are encouraged to develop an individual term timetable to manage your commitments to study, work and family so that assessments can be submitted by due dates.


It is a compulsory component of this qualification, for students to be undertaking 200 hrs of relevant activities within a disability service agency. These activities will align with each competency of your qualification.

If you currently work in industry, your supervisor will need to provide feedback on your work activities and your effectiveness in these, relevant to the course competencies. You will need to check with your teacher that your paid work is appropriate for this qualification and consult your work supervisor to check if s/he is open to providing feedback on your work to your TAFE teacher.

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the industry, it is strongly recommended that you consider the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

If you are currently working or volunteering in the industry, please speak with the teaching team to discuss if it is appropriate and to organise paperwork to formalise your role as a placement.

Relevant documents:


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 16 units in total, including 8 core units and 8 elective units.

Semester 1
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity Core
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Core
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies Core
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
Semester 2
CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services Core
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs Elective
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status Elective
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes Core
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy Elective
Semester 3
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses Core
CHCDIS006 Develop and promote positive person-centred behaviour supports Elective
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion Elective
CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
Units available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) only
CHCYTH004 Respond to critical situations Core
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies Core
CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people Core
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services Core
CHCINM001 Meet statutory and organisation information requirements Core


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Please note, to access the subsidised fee or concession fee for this qualification, you must be an existing worker with a one month or more employment relationship with your employer, in the community services industry (in addition to other Higher Level Skills eligibility criteria). Existing workers have access to employee entitlement and therefore do not include volunteers. Your work role will need to involve responsibilities and tasks specifically related to the community services industry and the intended outcomes of this qualification.

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher course.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • Other restrictions or eligibility criteria may apply


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Job prospects

  • Case Manager
  • Disability Worker
  • Program Coordinator
  • Community Worker

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • checked your rights and responsibilities as a student, as detailed in the student handbook and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to Customer Service TAFE Queensland

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 20 March 2018

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1300 914 754

Industry endorsed

Payment options

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$10,150 VET Student Loan available