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A community development worker is someone who assists in the delivery of programs and opportunities that contribute to the capabilities of building better outcomes for individuals and their communities.

Community development workers understand that working in partnership will ultimately build the capability of the communities, resilience and self-determination.  Which leads to community awareness, sustainable outcomes and benefits to communities.

This qualification will enable you to gain skills to be a passionate community sector worker who understands the need for creative and flexible approaches to community needs and outcomes.  Our course will support you to develop generalist skills desirable for today’s community service sector and well as specific skills in community development.

Please note: Students need to be employed, able to gain employment or seek their own volunteer role in the community service sector in order to complete this qualification. Subject Coordinators are able to provide more information if needed.

  Course details

Payment options

$10000 VET Student Loan available



Key dates and info


Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Varies / Varies
Online: Varies / Varies, up to 2 years / Twelve weeks per cluster

Course details


  • Full Fee $2,923 - $4,872

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

External Any time Twelve weeks per cluster Online
Any time Varies Online
Any time Varies Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

A sound achievement in Year 10 Science, Maths, and English is desirable.  Mature age applicants are welcome.


Study from any location

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, 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 all TAFE Queensland locations.


Students have 12 weeks per cluster to complete assessment. Upon successful completion the student enrols into the next cluster as per the delivery schedule.

Teachers will provide students with a training plan after enrolment.

Please note that students will be expected to complete approximately 15 hours per week of self directed studies to successfully complete this qualification.

Relevant documents:


14 units are required to complete this qualification; 8 core and 6 elective units.

Community Development Foundations
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity Core
BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information Elective
Develop and Implement Projects and Programs
CHCCDE007 Develop and provide community projects Elective
CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs Core
Case Management Identification Processes
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management Elective
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs Elective
Complex Case Management
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements Elective
CHCCSM006 Provide case management supervision Elective
Leadership and Community Action
CHCCDE009 Develop and support community leadership Core
CHCCDE008 Support community action Core
Work Safety and Participation
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Core
CHCCDE010 Develop and lead community engagement strategies to enhance participation Core
Community Development Stages
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies Core
CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes Core
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core
VPC020 Vocational placement Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Please note that if students are wishing to access VET Student Loans to pay for their fees, they must meet the ‘Student entry procedure’ requirements; namely:

  • obtains a copy of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to the student by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the student’s completion of year 12; or

  • the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy; and that the VET provider reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.

More information will be available:

RPL Pricing: $2293.00

$2,923 - $4,872


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Full fee

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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.


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. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development

Employment Outcomes:

  • Community Development Worker
  • Local Government
  • Community Education and Partnership Coordinator/Broker
  • Community Development Grants Program Coordinator
  • Community Development Facilitators in various cultural and diverse communities
  • Project Officer
  • Inclusion and Access Officer
  • Various roles in the community sector value community development skills and experience.

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:

Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Last updated on 6 June 2017

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1300 656 959

Payment options

$10000 VET Student Loan available