Diploma of Community Development

What is this course?

he CHC52115 Diploma of Community Development focuses on important areas such as economic development, self-determination, the politics of Aboriginal development and community planning.

Participation will give individuals a better understanding of the functions and responsibilities of Indigenous controlled community organisations, as well as mainstream organisations servicing Indigenous community members.

Course participants may be required to work on a community-based project as part of the assessment for this course.

Who is this course suited to?

This course is suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who currently work in an advisory or project management role within a community organisation or wish to work in similar roles.

The qualification applies to community development work that aims to facilitate community members working together to influence and guide the future of their community. Work includes assisting community organisations and members to develop techniques and frameworks to facilitate this process.

This training is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age.

Tranby receives funding from the Federal Government to support Indigenous non-NSW residents and from the NSW Government to support Indigenous NSW residents. This means that you do not need to pay tuition fees or travel and accommodation expenses if you live outside Sydney and are eligible for subsidised travel and accommodation. The availability of ABSTUDY support is based on individual circumstances.

Course Delivery

Tranby’s student support team is here for you on your learning journey. The team includes your trainer for academic support, dedicated IT support and Student Services for general assistance. You can also book time with one of Tranby’s Elders in Residence for cultural support and connection.

The course is divided into five consecutive study blocks with their associated assessments such as simulated meetings, case studies, written reports and short answer questions. Each study block runs for one week and is followed by self-paced study of about two months. The entire course runs over a one-year duration.

Students must attend the study blocks and submit their assessments by the due dates. The study load is typically 20-25 hours per week between study blocks.

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will contact you before the next course begins.
You will need access to a computer or tablet or mobile phone. If you do not have access to a suitable device, please talk to us as we may be able to help.

If using a computer, you will need internet access, a PDF reader and software to view videos. Tranby will provide access to Microsoft Office 365 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Outlook) as well as an individual Tranby student email address.

If using a tablet or mobile phone, you will need internet or mobile phone access and you will need to download and install apps including a PDF reader, a video viewer and Microsoft Office 365, if you do not already have them.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

For students residing outside of NSW, the training is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

On Campus Course

Course Enquiries

Phone: 0420 379 617


Course structure

Block Theme

Working with organisations

Strategic community development

Implementing community programs

Community leadership

Professional practice

Units of Competency

CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

CHCCDE005 Develop and support relevant community resources
BSBATSIC511 Plan and conduct a community meeting
BSBPMG519 Manage project stakeholder engagement
CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies

CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs
CHCCDE006 Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs

CHCCDE008 Support community action
CHCCDE009 Develop and support community leadership
CHCCDE010 Develop and lead community engagement strategies to enhance participation

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

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