Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) 2013

These courses in Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) and (Alcohol and Other Drugs) can help you further your career in community and mental health support services. It is designed for industry practitioners who are seeking to develop their understanding of this specialist area. With an emphasis on practical applications and work-related skills, the qualification provides graduates with the best possible results in terms of personal development and employment prospects.

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Please note: This course is now delivered fully online.

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20 units

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  1. This is a restricted course. Enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.
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This qualification applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.

The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services

The qualification requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health issues and alcohol and drug use and misuse.

You will be equipped to further your career and apply for more challenging roles such as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor in a variety of settings. The course's teaching staff have extensive experience in their field, allowing them to provide practical knowledge and advice throughout the course. A focus on developing work related skills means successful employment outcomes for graduating students.

Career Outcomes

This course can enhance your employment prospects by preparing you for work within a wide variety of mental health/alcohol/other drugs counselling settings. Typical occupational titles include:

  • Alcohol and drugs worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Dual diagnosis worker

Pathways/ Articulation and pathways/ Career pathways

TAFE courses can be credited towards your OUA degree

Many OUA courses provide pathways through the qualifications needed to develop your career from TAFE Diplomas through to undergraduate Bachelors degrees and then on to the postgraduate qualifications:  Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Your TAFE qualification may provide you with the eligibility to apply for a higher level course or can provide you with unit exemptions and credit towards your university degree.


Applicants must demonstrate their eligibility for this course to Gipps TAFE before enrolling in any units through OUA.

To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:

1. Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above


2. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the core units of competency from one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):

CHC40512 Certificate IV in Mental Health

CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs


3. Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
  • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

How to Apply

Application process for the CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health).

Applications are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

      Receive a faster response by ensuring you have all the required information ready before you start. If you have a web account, sign in first to pre-fill personal details we already have for you on record.

      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact GippsTAFE directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required supporting documentation, according to the individual course eligibility requirements and to your personal circumstances:

      1. Certified copies of academic documentation in support of eligibility requirements, including:
        • Official academic transcripts, showing the units/subjects you have completed and their final grades, including the date the program was completed or the qualification awarded. Include all pages, ensuring page numbers are visible.
        • Academic Testamur or Certificate of Completion.

        Unofficial copies will not be accepted.

        Required for all applications based on academic experience and for all academic experience listed on the application form.

        If your previous course or units were undertaken at the same university you are now applying to, then you don't need to provide academic transcripts in the application. For studies done elsewhere, always include academic transcripts and certificates if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA. Please retain the actual certified copy in case the university requests it at a later date.

      2. Certified copies of legal documentation, including:
        • Marriage certificate.
        • Deed poll name change certificate.

        These documents are required to show your legal name or if you have changed your name.

        Please ensure your legal name is on your application form and matches all your supporting documentation.

      3. Certified copies of official translations of supporting documents not in English. Required for:
        • All academic documentation, e.g. transcripts and certificates.
        • All legal documentation, e.g, marriage, deed poll and birth certificates.

        If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide certified copies of the non-English documents, including certified copies of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes.

      4. Certified copies of English language test results, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

        Required if your previous studies were not completed in English.

      5. Your curriculum vitae. Required for:
        • Entry into all postgraduate courses.
        • All applications based on work experience.
      6. A letter of reference or recommendation from your employer. Required for all applications based on work experience.

        This letter must be on company letterhead, documenting length of time working for that company and duties performed.

        If you are providing documentation to support work experience over a period of time and you have worked for multiple employers during that period, please provide a letter of reference for each separate employer.

      * A certified copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Requirements of supporting documents:

      • Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction.
      • Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers).
      • If the document has markings or text on both sides (e.g. a registration number) then both sides must be scanned.
      • Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch.
      • File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB.
      • We cannot accept a photograph of a document.

GippsTAFE_VET_Restricted_Application_Form (PDF, 172 KB)

PDF applications should be emailed to: apply@open.edu.au or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.

Special Requirements

Students will need access to a computer and an internet connection


Formative assessment is based on the activities throughout the unit. This is pivotal to the education experience and provides reinforcement of learning and must be in your own words. Summative assessment will be based on online questions and assignments and will provide the basis of your grade. This must also be in your own words with any references properly sourced.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) you must successfully complete 20 units.

The numbers of units to be undertaken may be reduced where a candidate is eligible for credit transfer through previous accredited training and presentation of appropriate statement of attainment in either Certificate IV in Mental Health or Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process that assesses the individual’s formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

Applicants with relevant on-the-job experience or with successful completion of part of relevant units may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you believe you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning you will need to provide details of your relevant qualifications or experience in the Application form for the course.

The Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit section on each of the university course pages on the OUA website has information about credit or unit exemptions for your previous study at TAFE. The Eligibility section of some courses lists TAFE qualifications required before you can apply to be admitted to the course.

Further information is available from Credit for previous study

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CHC50408 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health) - Core Total number of units to complete: 20 units
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