Community Services

Do you enjoy working with people? Why not work in a sector where the job prospects are excellent, and you can make a real difference? The Community Services sector is all about helping people live better, healthier lives. With our qualifications, you’ll be well-placed to win jobs such as:

  • Early Childhood
  • Caring for people with disabilities
  • Assisting children in schools
  • Caring for people in their homes
  • Working for non-profit organisations who provide services to the community

Here at GOTAFE we offer courses from Certificate II in Community Services (CHC22015) to Diploma in Community Services Work, and Early Childhood.

You don’t just gain a certificate or diploma. We also give you:

  • Work placements where you learn valuable skills and build relationships
  • A greater chance of ongoing work
  • Local trainers who know the industry and our community
  • Training facilities that give you a safe place to practice your skills
  • Courses that are up to date with best practice through our partnerships in the industry
  • Support from your fellow students and your trainers to help you through

Whether you are starting out or changing careers, studying community services at GOTAFE can lead to your new rewarding career serving others.


Choose to study the Certificate II in Community Services and give yourself the best start to your career in Community Services.

This entry level course will give you a variety of essential, practical skills and operational knowledge to support the social, psychological, welfare and protection needs of the community.

With flexible study options and supportive training, this course will give you the fundamentals skills to work with clients to identify their needs and provide appropriate services for support.

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Getting a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education is a passport to a great career. It can take you from Childcare Centres, Community Houses, After and Before School care settings, to pre-schools. Work full or part time around your family or life circumstances. Study here at GOTAFE with teachers that provide local knowledge and expertise. Employers expect Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a minimum requirement for employment working with children.

Work roles might include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Outside school hours care assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Family day care worker
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Imagine spending your day helping children learn. Seeing the world through their eyes. Learning support is a great career, and one in high demand.
The Certificate III in Education Support gives you the skills you need. Work in any school, with kids or teenagers. You could work one-on-one with a special needs child, or help out in a class. And if you want to further your studies, there are pathways to further study, including Primary Teaching.

This course requires you to be employed as a trainee.

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Why not work in a sector with excellent job prospects where you also get to care for your community? The Certificate IV in Community Services Work builds on your knowledge and skills in the field. You’ll learn from local community experts. GOTAFE Trainers support and encourage you all the way, from the first time we speak until you graduate.

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The Certificate IV in Disability equips you to offer disability support in residential group homes, training resource centres and open employment services. It provides skills and knowledge to train and support people with disabilities to enhance their independence, self-reliance and community participation.

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with Service Managers and liaise with health professionals as well as work without supervision and in leadership roles.

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Do you enjoy seeing children thrive at school? The Certificate IV in Education Support will give you expertise and knowledge to help children with complex needs. Here at GOTAFE we’re dedicated to giving you access to experts in this field, who’re glad to share their insights. We support you to find work placements with our community partners.

Our graduates are in demand, and work in roles such as:

  • Generalist Education Assistant
  • Education Assistant (Special Education)
  • Inclusion Support Worker
  • Teacher’s Aide
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Choose a career that makes a real difference in the community.

Do you want to keep strengthening and supporting your community? With a Diploma of Community Services from GOTAFE, you can work one on one to help make people’s lives better. You can work in education or development projects. You’ll find work placements through our strong local relationships.

Our program is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association, so we have the best Trainers, content and industry connections for you.

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Do you enjoy seeing children learn and grow? Are you looking for more responsibility? The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care gives you the skills and knowledge to move your career forward. Work in senior roles, supervising staff and volunteers. GOTAFE students gain skills and knowledge in:

  • Best practice and quality assurance
  • Planning for children with additional needs
  • Networking
  • Effective communication
  • Family partnerships
  • Childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
  • Music program
  • Health and safety

We support you all the way. Help with work placements with our local partners is just the start. We want to see successful graduates strengthening our community.

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