This three-year undergraduate course is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.
This program gives you the skills and the knowledge to contribute to community development, and community leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Western
The Bachelor of Community and Social Development is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only, who wish to contribute to building sustainable capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The degree provides 3 different strands of skills and knowledge: skills in working directly with families in providing welfare advocacy; skills and knowledge in community development; and skills and knowledge in community leadership and sustainability.
Graduates from the degree will be skilled to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities in a range of settings and capacities and to contribute to the leadership and sustainability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The course is offered at the Parramatta South campus in block mode. Block mode is designed to afford students the capacity to remain in their communities to fulfil their family, community, career, cultural and social responsibilities.
To study a block mode program you are required to attend six residential schools per year, each lasting approximately one week. Travel, accommodation and meal costs to attend the workshops are funded by Abstudy for approved students. Students may also be eligible for Tutoring for Success (TFS) assistance. Professional experience is undertaken in home communities and in Sydney.
Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates can register with the ACWA upon completion of the degree, gaining access to professional resources and support.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus
Available only to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
Available only to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Application for the course is via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. Students who apply through UAC will be referred to the Western Sydney University application process. This includes testing of Literacy skills, as well as an informal interview.
Visit the Pathway program page for more information.
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Graduates of the Bachelor of Community and Social Development can expect to find employment in areas such as:
- Community work and development
- Government departments
- Non-government Indigenous and non-indigenous agencies
- Welfare and Youth work
- Social Casework
- Refuges for homeless people and people escaping violence
Become a caseworker/manager and make a difference in the areas of family and community services, Aboriginal affairs, Aboriginal Housing or juvenile justice.
Welfare Support Worker
Welfare Support Workers provide support, information and advice to clients on emotional, financial, recreational, health, housing and other social welfare matters, and evaluate and coordinate the services of welfare and community service agencies.
Community Workers design and implement strategies and programs to meet community and individual needs and assist individuals, families and groups with social, emotional and financial difficulties to improve quality of life.
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Support for success
Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of student support services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including scholarships, tutoring for success and learning facilities.
Further study options
The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.