Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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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 holders of an Australian international student visa.
  • 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 on-campus residential workshops during the course, involving one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop in first-year. Studies in the Diploma of Disability component are taken through GippsTAFE 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 interpersonal counselling and group work skills, community development practice, case management and organisational practice as well as developing a strong knowledge base in social justice.

Students must complete a structured sequence in community welfare and counselling, and two practice placements in a wide range of community development and human service organisations. Students will also complete a complementary arts minor in Australian Indigenous studies, psychological studies, psychology, criminal justice or sociology, and a specialisation in disability through GippsTAFE.

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 outcomes for the single degree 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling.


Students are required to undertake a 20-day field education placement and a 60-day block 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, a complementary arts minor and additional studies in arts. Students also complete a disability specialisation which is undertaken through GippsTAFE 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

Note: the following are available minor disciplines: Australian Indigenous studies, criminal justice, psychological studies, psychology and sociology.


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.) four compulsory supporting units (24 points):

(i.) Students must complete:

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Australian Indigenous studies
  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life
  • ATS2260 Developmental psychology: Behaviour across the lifespan*

(ii.) Plus one of:

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

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

(d.) a complementary minor in one of the available disciplines listed under 'Areas of study' (24 points)

(e.) a further 18 points in arts, including 6 points at first-year level

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.

Arts elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of arts unitsindexes of arts units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the code ATS and numbers 1-3.

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


Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling