Vocational Graduate Diploma of Community Sector Management

This qualification applies to people who are employed to undertake a range of management functions requiring a high level application of knowledge and skills in the following contexts:

Work independently and report directly to a Board of management or other governing body

Responsible for setting organisation goals and strategic direction

Responsible for ensuring organisation governance and risk management.

Occupational titles may include:

Chief executive officer

General manager

Executive director

Manager (large organisation with multiple staff and programs)

Executive officer

Service director

Workers at this level are making high level, independent, complex judgements in a highly specialist management context. Their role involves the full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of work of the organisation.

Work application requirements

For award of this qualification, candidates must demonstrate application of skills and knowledge in the community sector work context, including investigative research and analysis and application of findings in a specific community sector work context.



10 units are required for award of this qualification including:

7 core units

3 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic BSBRSK501A Manage risk

add topic CHCADMIN604B Manage the finances, accounts and resources of an organisation

add topic CHCMGT601B Contribute to effective governance in the community sector

add topic CHCMGT801B Manage a complex community sector organisation

add topic CHCMGT802C Manage policy development

add topic CHCMGT803B Provide strategic leadership

add topic CHCORG605B Manage human resources in a community sector organisation

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in the community sector need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Relevant electives

add topic BSBINM601A Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBMGT608C Manage innovation and continuous improvement

add topic BSBREL701A Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic CHCAD603B Provide systems advocacy services

add topic CHCCH621A Evaluate social housing organisation against registration standards

add topic CHCORG607D Manage workplace issues

add topic CHCORG608E Establish and manage new programs or services

add topic CHCORG610B Manage change in a community sector organisation

add topic CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

add topic CHCORG612D Review organisations effectiveness

add topic CHCORG613D Manage organisations strategic and business planning

add topic CHCORG614C Manage a community sector organisation

add topic CHCORG615D Promote the organisation

add topic CHCORG616C Manage training

add topic CHCORG619D Manage quality of organisation's service delivery outcomes

add topic CHCORG620D Promote and represent the service

add topic CHCORG621D Act as a resource to other services

add topic CHCORG624E Provide leadership in community services delivery

add topic CHCORG626B Manage a service level agreement

add topic CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

add topic CHCPOL701B Use research evidence to advance policy and practice

add topic CPPDSM5036A Prepare tender documentation in the property industry

add topic HLTWHS501A Manage workplace WHS processes

add topic HLTWHS601A Improve workplace WHS processes

Project management

add topic BSBPMG601A Direct the integration of projects

add topic BSBPMG602A Direct the scope of a project program

add topic BSBPMG603A Direct time management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG604A Direct cost management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG605A Direct quality management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG606A Direct human resources management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG607A Direct communications management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG608A Direct risk management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG609A Direct procurement and contracting for a project program

Property management

add topic CPPDSM6001A Determine viability of regeneration options in the property

add topic CPPDSM6002A Conduct a property investment feasibility study

add topic CPPDSM6003A Contract to invest in property

add topic CPPDSM6004A Determine performance of assets and facilities

add topic CPPDSM6005A Develop a property investment strategy

add topic CPPDSM6007A Develop life cycle asset management plan

add topic CPPDSM6010A Manage performance of property investment

add topic CPPDSM6012A Plan property portfolio management


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

This qualification is suited to candidates who have significant experience working in a management role in a community sector organisation, involving the exercise of independent judgement and decision making skills.

To gain entry into CHC80108 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Community Sector Management a candidate must have:

An undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in a discipline related to work in the community sector or in business management


Significant previous experience working in a community sector organisation, in a job role involving the self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas and the exercise of independent judgement and decision making.

Focus on holistic assessment

This qualification has been packaged with three high level core units of competency (CHCMGT801B , CHCMGT802C and CHCMGT803B ) which have a strategic focus and are designed to be assessed in conjunction with an existing broad-based core of management knowledge and skills. Holistic assessment of core and elective components of this qualification is required in order to achieve an integrated outcome applicable to organisation management at this advanced and complex level.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries