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Introduction to Community development

If you have a strong social justice streak and are passionate about helping others, you could build a great career in community development.

Studying a course in community development will empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to help shape stronger communities—whether that’s across Australia or around the globe.

You’ll be ready to make a genuine and lasting impact through your work, by facilitating community projects, advising on public policy, working with young people, or perhaps even landing a role within a leading non-government organisation (NGO).

Studying online through Open Universities Australia will give you the flexibility you need to balance your studies and life commitments. Start browsing all your community development course options here.

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Murdoch University


Introduction to Community Development

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Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

University of Tasmania

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

La Trobe University


Transforming Local Communities

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

University of Tasmania


Community Health and Wellbeing

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

Online community development degrees

Torrens University Australia


Bachelor of Community Services

Help people in communities connect and thrive

Develop tools for a career dedicated to social justice, welfare, and advocacy. You’ll work on communication, counselling, and policy theory. Build your experience and contacts through work placements. Electives include mediation and child protection.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University


Bachelor of Community Welfare

Help and support people and families in need

This community welfare course prepares you to work with clients and colleagues in human services. Placements add context to your studies with real world experience. Explore youth work and case management. Adopt the values and ethics of the profession.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Murdoch University


Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)

Delve into what community means and how we live

Study social justice, community issues, institutions (family, work, law) and social issues (gender, race, unemployment, health, welfare, deviance and social control). Apply your learning to community groups, government departments and not-for-profits.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Edith Cowan University


Bachelor of Social Science

Support people’s wellbeing and improve their communities

Explore how societies work and how you can make positive change. Through the lens of social justice and human rights, look at policy, diversity, and community development. Specialise in children and family studies, or human services and community work.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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