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We have good news to kick off 2023. A new Diploma of Community Services has received regulatory and ministerial approval. The revised qualification will soon be available to students and supersede the previous version.

Australia will also have a vocational Diploma of Community Services (Responding to Family Violence) for the first time.

ACWA has been heavily involved in the review process. We believe the new qualifications will ensure students graduate with a skill set that reflects sector needs. These qualified community workers can then enter the workforce well equipped to support vulnerable people to get the services and supports they need.

The new Diploma of Community Services (CHC52021) is an overhaul of Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015). For students, the most noticeable difference will be the updated list of core and elective units.

In response to these changes, we have revised the ACWA Course accreditation guidelines.

If you are currently enrolled in the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015), your course provider will provide you with the necessary information. They will let you know about any changes that may affect you.

If you have graduated with the superseded Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015), your qualification remains valid. Superseded means that this course will not be available to new students, but employers will still recognise this qualification.

You can learn more about chooising a community services course via:
You can learn more about ACWA course accreditation via:

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