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Start your career in Community Services

When you decide to pursue a rewarding Community Services career, look to the future to discover the skills for success.

Start your career in Community Services

A day at work in Community Services means supporting people to make positive changes in their lives, supporting the wellbeing of individuals, families or communities, and being an agent of social change within a growing industry.

The Australian population is growing. Our demographics are shifting, and approaches to community services are changing. All of these things mean that the Community Services sector is growing and changing, and that there’s never been a better time for you to pursue a rewarding career by enrolling in a Community Services course at TAFE NSW.

3 essential skills for community services career success

When you decide that a community services career is right for you, you need to be aware of the three future-proofed skills employers are looking for in this sector:

  • Empathy, patience, understanding and care
  • Problem solving and nimble thinking
  • Communication and collaboration

Spotlight on industry growth areas

By 2020, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide aged or disabled care support to 460,000 Australians, by improving access to disability services, and driving growth in the disability services sector.

The time is right for you to make the move into a community services career, as over the next three years, more than 4,300 additional people are forecast to be employed as aged or disabled carers in NSW, a total increase of over 10%.

Spotlight on healthcare: 1.8 million employed by 2024

The NSW Government is committing $2.8 million to increase frontline health staff over the next four years, with 45% of the new positions to be located in regional NSW. An additional 5,000 nurses and midwives, 880 allied health staff and 1,360 hospital support staff will be recruited. The NSW Government will commit $45 million to boost palliative care services, which will include the roll out of digital health solutions.

This means that with a TAFE NSW Community Services qualification, there are any number of amazing career paths that you can choose from.

Spotlight on qualifications: Be in demand

To prepare you for a career in in the growing field of personal care, TAFE NSW can offer a great qualification in the form of the Certificate III in Individual Support. It is a rewarding and valued vocation in a sector that is experiencing a remarkable expansion in government support.

Other qualifications that can help you to become part of this stable and constantly growing industry include the Bachelor of Community Services, the Diploma of Counselling, the Diploma of Mental Health, and the Certificate IV in Social Housing.

Bachelor Degree options in this career area

TAFE NSW Degrees are taught by industry experts in dynamic, progressive learning environments. You don't need an ATAR, but you will graduate with a qualification that will change your future.


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Sources: Industry employment forecast, job advertisement, top skills, and employer data have been provided by TAFE Strategy. Employment forecast data was sourced from Deloitte Access Economics in February 2017. All job advertisement data was sourced from the Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool and is based on online job postings over the 12 months to October 2018 unless stated otherwise.