Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBCWC/DipDisab
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Students study a total of three years full-time, combining the Monash University and TAFE components. Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements. In addition, off-campus students must attend Gippsland campus for two residential workshops during the course, involving one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop. Psychology units also require compulsory attendance at least at one weekend school per unit per semester. Studies in the Diploma of Disability component are taken through Gippsland TAFE in flexible online mode.


This accredited course equips students for competent and ethical community welfare and counselling practice. The degree develops skills and knowledge for intervention across a range of practice fields, including, but not limited to: counselling, child protection, disability, family support, homelessness, community corrections, youth justice, community development, aged care, family violence, and research and policy analysis. The study program includes case management and human services practice from a management perspective.

Students must complete a structured sequence in community welfare and counselling, and two practice placements in community development and human service organisations. The study program focuses on counselling, group work, community development, social policy and emancipatory practice. Students will also take an arts minor in Australian Indigenous studies, community studies, psychological studies, psychology, criminal justice or sociology, and a specialisation in disability through Gippsland TAFE.

The completion of the diploma meets the professional requirement of the Victorian Department of Human Services for its employees working in this field.

Students receive both of awards from the respective institutions upon successful completion of the program.


Refer to the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling outcomes at


Students are required to undertake a 16-day field education placement and a 60-day field placement during this course.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association(ACWA) and the Diploma meets the professional requirement of the Victorian Department of Human Services for its employees working in this field.


This course consists of a community welfare and counselling sequence, four compulsory units and additional studies in arts. Students also complete a disability specialisation which is undertaken through Gippsland TAFE in flexible face-to-face and online mode. Students must complete 132 points in the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling, and five modules in the Diploma of Disability component, equivalent to 12 points.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) a community welfare and counselling sequence (66 points):

  • ATS1361 Governing inequality: Foundations of social welfare provision
  • ATS1362 Interpersonal practice and counselling skills practice
  • ATS1363 Counselling and group work skills
  • ATS2822 Advanced counselling and case management
  • ATS2823 Community development
  • ATS2825 Social issues and personal values
  • ATS3848 Insights into practice
  • ATS3713 Field education and practice (12 points)
  • ATS3850 Human services management and practice
  • ATS3851 Social policy

(b.) two compulsory supporting units at first-year level (12 points):

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Australian Indigenous studies
  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life

(c.) two compulsory supporting unit at second-year level (12 points):

  • ATS2260 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan

plus one of:

  • ATS2364 Indigenous Australian politics and activism
  • ATS2367 Australian Indigenous women
  • ATS2369 Indigenous Australian human rights
  • ATS2737 Social justice

(d.) a TAFE Diploma of Disability specialisation comprising five modules (12 points)

(e.) further units to complete a total of 144 points, including the following:

  • at least one minor in the available minor disciplines listed under 'Areas of study'
  • 18 points of first-year-level units (which includes the first-year level units from the minor) selected from the disciplines listed under 'Areas of study'.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students who choose to complete a minor in psychology must replace ATS2260 (Developmental psychology) with PSY2031 (Developmental and biological psychology).

Note: Psychological studies units are tailored to those students intending to proceed in community welfare and counselling, but some students may wish to undertake units in Psychology (APAC accredited) instead. Students who are interested in completing a minor in either of these disciplines must ensure they complete the first-year sequence.


Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling