Diploma of Youth Work

Course Focus:

Youth workers are responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation. Your work will be largely self-directed, with fairly autonomous decision-making capacity under the indirect supervision of a manager.

This course prepares you for a role that will develop and monitor programs and services helping to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.  The work may be undertaken through employment in the community, or in government and welfare agencies.

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Practical Experience:

You will gain hands-on practical experience by undertaking a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement in a Child, Youth and Family Intervention setting. This course has an ideal balance of theory and practical learning to ensure your confidence when entering the workforce.

Career Outcomes:

  • Case Manager
  • Coordinator of Youth and Family Services
  • Senior Youth Worker
  • Youth Work Team Leader
  • Program Manager
  • Senior Case Worker

Recognition of Prior Learning:

We understand that you may have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process, which may reduce your study duration.


21 units are required for award of this qualification, including 17 core units and 4 elective units.

Core Units
  • CHCCSM005
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCOM003
    Develop workplace communication strategies
  • CHCLEG003
    Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCCCS007
    Develop and implement services programs
  • CHCDEV002
    Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
  • CHCGRP002
    Plan and conduct group activities
  • CHCMHS001
    Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPRP001
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • CHCPRT001
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCYTH002
    Work effectively with young people in youth work context
  • CHCYTH008
    Support young people to take collective action
  • CHCYTH009
    Support youth programs
  • CHCYTH012
    Manage service response to young people in crisis
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in work health and safety
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCYTH001
    Engage respectfully with young people
Elective Units
  • CHCCDE008
    Support community action
    Confirm client developmental status
    Assess coexisting needs
  • CHCYTH005
    Develop and implement procedures to enable young people to address their needs

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Course Details

Course Code



60 weeks



Delivery Mode

  • On Campus
  • Distance* *Domestic students only

Requirements of Enrolment

  • Completion of at least Year 12 from an Australian secondary school or overseas equivalent. or
  • Proof of equivalent competency in core skills to a level appropriate for the course being applied for* and
  • Successful completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
  • Working With Children Check and Police Clearance
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent (international students)
  • Minimum 18 years of age (international students)

*Proof of competency may include but are not limited to professional, work and life experiences, other accredited or non-accredited study.  

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