Diploma of Community Services
TAFE Queensland - Toowoomba

Course outline

This course gives students the high-level skills needed for a role with a community organisation. Learners will gain high-level communication skills, and the ability to develop strategies to work with at-risk groups within the community. Learners will also gain valuable research skills and be taught how to work within legal and ethical frameworks.


In addition to the standard diploma eligibility requirements for a fee subsidy, students must also be an existing worker in the community services and health industry, which includes parents and unpaid carers of NDIS participants. Applicants offered a place in this course who are not eligible for a subsidised enrolment will pay full fee. VET Student Loans may be available to eligible applicants, refer to tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html for information.

Combined diploma/degrees

The Diploma of Community Services can be combined with other programs as listed below to attain the awards of Diploma of Community Services from TAFE Queensland and the relevant degree from the university. Students undertake initial study at TAFE Queensland and complete the degree at the relevant university. Duration, location, mode of study, semester intakes, electives and specialisations may vary. All mandatory university admission and English language requirements must be met before university enrolment is finalised. For more information contact the relevant university. Note: TAFE Queensland students making a transition to the degree may need to wait six months to start with the semester 1 university intake.

To apply for a combined diploma/degree, applicants must select the Diploma of Community Services for the relevant TAFE Queensland location on their application and then nominate their preferred degree/university (one only). Applicants can list the stand alone diploma or the combined program but not both. Listing more than one is not needed because they have the same eligibility and ATAR/rank requirements.

D Community Services/B Human Services:

520346 Cairns/Mnt Isa/Townsville/Griffith University (1.5OV & 2.25-2.5F)

532342 Loganlea/Griffith University (1CO & 2.25-2.5F)

532342 Loganlea/Queensland University of Technology (1CO & 2.5F)

511342 Mooloolaba/Griffith University (1.5ML & 2.25-2.5F)

555342 South Bank/Griffith University (1CO & 2.25-2.5F)

555342 South Bank/Queensland University of Technology (1CO & 2.5F)

526342 Southport/Griffith University (1OC & 2.25-2.5F)

504342 Springfield/Griffith University (1.5CO & 2.25-2.5F)

568345 Toowoomba/Griffith University (1.5CO & 2.25-2.5F)

D Community Services/B Social Work:

520346 Cairns/Mnt Isa/Townsville/James Cook University (1.5OV & 3F)

532342 Loganlea/James Cook University (1CO & 3F)

532342 Loganlea/Queensland University of Technology (1CO & 3.5F)

511342 Mooloolaba/James Cook University (1.5ML & 3F)

555342 South Bank/James Cook University (1CO & 3F)

555342 South Bank/Queensland University of Technology (1CO & 3.5F)

526342 Southport/James Cook University (1OC & 3F)

504342 Springfield/James Cook University (1.5CO & 3F)

568345 Toowoomba/James Cook University (1.5CO & 3F)

TAFE Queensland students are required to articulate to QUT within 3 years of their QTAC offer.

Course Options

You can study this course as a single qualification or choose one of the degree options below when applying and gain direct entry on successful completion of the diploma. Degree options may vary with each diploma start month.

Combined program

JCU – B Social Work

GU – B Human Services

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/what-it-costs/index.html or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.


Completion of Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age

Additional entry requirements

Successful applicants may be required to undertake a vocational placement.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Family support worker, case manager, welfare worker, community services worker, social housing coordinator.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

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Level of Qualification
Study Area
Humanities and social sciences
Course Duration

11/2 years On campus with some online

Darling Downs & South West QLD