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Community Services vs Social Worker

09th July 2023 | SuccessVisa

Welcome to SuccessVisa, In this video, Amit is exploring the differences between Community Services and Social work programs.

Community Services courses in Australia are available at the diploma and bachelor's degree levels, while social work programs are offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Completing either the bachelor's or master's degree in social work makes you eligible for the 485 Visa also known as the temporary graduate visa.

Let's explore the specifics of these programs.


The community service course is accredited by ACWA (Australian Community Workers Association) , while the social work program is accredited by the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers). If you choose to study an accredited course, you won't require any prior experience for the skill assessment.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes for community service graduates include roles such as youth worker, community worker, disability officer, welfare worker, and welfare support worker. On the other hand, social work graduates can pursue careers as social workers and welfare workers. Both programs involve practical training, with community services requiring approximately 400 hours of training and social work programs ranging from 800 to 1000 hours.

Fee Structure

The fee structure for the community service diploma starts from $18,000, while the aggregated course for the master's degree in social work starts from around $41,000. Keep in mind that fee structures may vary depending on the institution and the course selected. Requirements also differ across courses and universities.


For community service courses, the requirements are generally lower compared to those for social work. Social work programs often require a minimum English language proficiency score of 6.5 in each band, which can be achieved through tests such as IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL.

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