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Policies and guidelines

ACWA accreditation is available for diploma and higher education courses in the areas of community services, aged care, mental health, disability, youth work and other relevant streams. Accreditation is valid as long as the annual course registration requirements are met.

If you would like to gain accreditation but do not believe your course meets the requirements, our assessment team is happy to work with you to achieve your goal.

Policies and guidelines

Australian community workers' Code of ethics

ACWA course accreditation guidelines

The guidelines cover:

  • Minimum requirements for duration, mode of delivery, core content
  • Fieldwork placement requirements
  • Packaged qualification policy
  • Audit policy
  • Terms and conditions
ATTENTION: In response to COVID-19, ACWA has introduced temporary flexible course delivery arrangements. All other accreditation requirements must be followed.

Current: ACWA COVID-19 flexible course arrangements (July 2020)

Superseded: ACWA COVID-19 flexible course arrangements (April 2020)


Course accreditation applications take approximately 10 weeks to process providing: the application form is correctly filled in; all the required documents are provided; and the appropriate fee is paid.

We will contact you if we need more information or documentation. Where accredited course status is granted you will be issued with accreditation documents and the ACWA logo which you may use in your marketing materials. Your course and campus details will be listed on our accredited course finder.