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Graduate Diploma of Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare)

course overview

The course is designed to meet the requirements of people working or proposing to work in the child and adolescent welfare field who do not have a specific qualifications in this area. The course has been developed in consultation with key employers in the field of child welfare including the Department of Community Services in NSW and the Department of Human Services Victoria.

Key objectives:

On completion of this award graduates will have:

  • knowledge of current child and adolescent welfare policy and practice in Australia
  • knowledge of child and adolescent psychology as it relates to welfare practice and policy
  • knowledge and skills for working with certain categories of children within the child welfare system bearing in mind the reality of individual differences
  • an understanding of the philosophical and legal underpinnings of current child and adolescent welfare policy and practice

Admission requirements

Entry is available to those applicants without a tertiary degree who have substantial industry experience and whose employing body attests to their likely academic and vocational success; or people who, in the opinion of the Course Coordinator, would be suitable for the program.

Applicants with degrees in relevant fields should apply for entry to the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare.


This course articulates with the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare. Students receive 50% credit towards the Master program.

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Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

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Finance Options VET FEE-HELP, Finance Available
Study Time 2 Years Part Time

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