Diploma of Community Services – Financial Counselling CHC52108


Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) CHC52108

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Course info

Would you like to work in one of Australia’s fastest growing industries? This course provides knowledge and skills relating to financial counselling, which is a specialist service assisting people faced with debt and other financial issues. Financial counselling requires specialist knowledge, paralegal skills and competencies especially in regard to credit and debt issues affecting clients and their rights and obligations; as well as asolid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course will beapplied in casework, community development and social justice contexts.

Course Length

1 Year (4 semesters)

Course Requirements

17 units - 11 core units and 6 elective units

240 hours total (60 hours per semester)

Delivery Mode


On campus or external

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of seventeen (17), in accordance with the Child Care (Child Care Centre) Regulations Act 2002.
  • Completion of Year 10 with at least a sound achievement in an English subject.
  • Successful completion of a Police Clearance, Working with Children Check or Blue Card application.
  • Medical Certificate attesting to the student’s good health.
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent (international students).

It is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Employment Opportunities

  • Financial Counsellor
  • Senior Financial Counsellor
  • Rural Financial Counsellor

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to

  • apply knowledge and skills gained through qualifications or previous experience to resolve problems within organisation guidelines
  • coordinate specific programs and/or projects and supervise and/or coordinate a limited number of lower classified workers or volunteers and report to service managers
  • possibly undertake a first line management role


This qualification is NOT related to the work performed by financial planners or financial advisers, whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options.

This qualification does NOT refer to therapeutic counselling, psychological issues, which affect individuals, families and groups such as gambling, substance abuse, child abuse, and mental or physical health problems require referral to a professionally qualified practitioner. However, a recognition of, and an ability to work within, a counselling framework on the way in which other issues may interact with personal financial issues is highly relevant to financial counselling practice.

Course Units


  • HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers *
  • HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people *
  • CHCCOM504B Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication *
  • CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship


  • CHCFIN501A Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues
  • CHCFIN502A Facilitate the financial counselling process
  • CHCFIN503A Develop and use financial counselling process
  • CHCFIN504B Work effectively in rural financial counselling *


  • CHCLEG411A Use relevant legislation in response to client needs *
  • HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


  • CHCCSL501A Work within a structure counselling framework
  • CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making process
  • CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills


  • CHCCD404E Develop and implement community programs
  • CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector
  • CHCAD401D Advocate for clients

* Denotes elective units.



The total course investment for this Diploma is $13,500.
The best part though, is that with VET FEE-HELP you can defer the payment of your course, until your earn over the minimum income amount.


Are the upfront costs of studying stopping you from improving your career prospects?

The VET FEE-HELP scheme allows you to study now and pay for your course later.
VET FEE-HELP is a loan for all or part of your tuition fees, which the Australian Government pays directly to the RTO. The great thing about VET FEE-HELP is that you don't have to make any repayments until you have a job and your income reaches a certain level, which for the 2013/14 income year is $51,309. The loans are then repaid effortlessly through the tax system.

VET FEE-HELP Approved Courses

Students enrolling in the following courses can apply for VET FEE-HELP:

CHC52108 Diploma of Community Services Coordination VET FEE-HELP
CHC50513 Diploma of Youth Justice VET FEE-HELP
CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work VET FEE-HELP
CHC50612 Diploma of Community Services Work 
CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling 

 Who can apply for VET FEE-HELP?

To be eligible to apply for VET FEE-HELP you must be either:
Australian citizens or permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
Be an eligible student enrolled on or before the census date in an eligible unit of study
Meet the tax file number requirements

Not have exceeded the FEE-HELP Loan Limit, which is $93,204 (2013)  

 VET FEE-HELP information booklet with more information including T&Cs.


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Diploma of Community Services – Financial Counselling CHC52108


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  • Effective workplace relationships
  • Workplace safety





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