CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health

This CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health provides you with the opportunity to work with a broad range of people in leisure & health.

The skills and knowledge gained from the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health will enable you to improve the quality of life opportunities for individuals who experience barriers to participation in recreation and leisure. Graduates can assist in challenging and enhancing the psychological, social, emotional and physical well-being of the disadvantaged within the community.

Breakthrough society’s barriers and provide quality-of-life opportunities to those in need by completing the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

For many, participating in a range of leisure, health, and recreational activities is not something they can be taken for granted.

This course will teach you how to provide quality-of-life opportunities for individuals who experience barriers to participation in recreation and leisure. Your clients may range from people with disabilities, older people, youth, children, families, corporate organisations, those in respite, and those with variable education levels and diverse backgrounds.  You will gain the ability to challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional, and physical well-being of those in your community and the confidence to seek out opportunities that utilise your skills.

With 240 hours of practical placement, you will graduate with real workplace experience, aiding your employment prospects and your ability to truly help others.

On graduation, dependent on completion of relevant work experience, you will be able to apply for full membership with Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA).

You will learn to

  • Plan and implement leisure and recreational activity programs
  • Provide leisure education
  • Identify individual needs and abilities
  • Assess the client’s level of interest and capability in a range of activities
  • Encourage and support participation
  • Train and supervise volunteers and other staff
  • Access community resources

Career Opportunities

Community Services which is one of the fastest growing sectors for jobs in Australia. It’s estimated that 50,000+ new jobs will be created within the industry by 2023 (reference joboutlook.gov.au).

Leisure and Health is a growing sub-sector of Community Services with increasing levels of people requiring assistance to undertake even the most basic of tasks such as shopping or maintaining levels of activity.

Job Roles include:

  • Diversional Therapist
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Community and Leisure Coordinator
  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Leisure Services Coordinator/Manager

Industry Accreditation

Australis College graduates of this qualification are recognised by Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia as eligible to apply for Full Membership.

Please refer to the DRTA website for information regarding the membership application process and any associated fees.

University Articulation

Australis has partnered with Western Sydney University to create an articulation agreement for credit in the WSU Bachelor of Health Science (80cps). 

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to Western Sydney University standards.

Australis has partnered with University of Southern Queensland to create an articulation agreement for credit in the USQ Bachelor of Human Services (for up to 8 electives)

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to University of Southern Queensland standards.

Australis has partnered with Griffith University to create an articulation agreement for credit in the Bachelor of Sport Development (30/40 CP).

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to Griffith University standards.


The CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health runs for 18 months but you can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health is delivered via Blended learning, combining online study with practical ‘work experience’ placement.

Content is delivered primarily online and includes live chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms which provide you with direct access to industry experts six days a week. Attendance at the live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.

During the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health, you need to locate and undertake 240 hours of ‘work experience’ placement with a suitable organisation.

Course Brochure

The CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health course brochure is available here.


There are 22 subjects in the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.


There are no exams when completing the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health, however, you are required to complete 240 hours of placement.

You test your learning by completing quiz questions, open-book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject and in some cases either work placement activities and / or role-plays. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

We recommend you have language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to allow you to interpret documents and prepare written reports in order to complete the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health.

You need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

If you intend to apply for a Loan or Funding option (where available) to pay for your tuition fees, additional entry criteria may apply as detailed in the Pricing Options.

While it is not an entry requirement for the course, you need to undergo a police check to work in the industry, plus obtain a Blue Card if working with children under 18. We recommend you do this before you enrol.

Practical Placement

To be assessed as competent in the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health you must complete 240 hours of supervised work placements in relevant community service settings e.g. direct client work or community education or development, 20 hours of which needs to be completed within an Aged Care facility. Evidence provided by your supervisor will contribute to the assessment of your ability to work at this level. It is your responsibility to locate placements however the College will assist where possible.


Option 1: Monthly Payment Plan

An interest-free payment plan of $525 per month x 18 months = $9,450.

Option 2: Vet Student Loan

$9,450 tuition + 20% Government loan fee = $11,340 VSL debt. This course is available under the VET Student Loans scheme, subject to meeting all eligibility and entry criteria. Approved VSL will result in a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt until repaid to the Commonwealth.

Option 3: Private Study Loan

Study Loans will progressively loan you the $9,450 tuition fee. This loan, plus interest, needs to be repaid over a maximum 4-year term. Click here for more on Study Loans.

Option 4: Corporate

For group enrolments please call our Corporate team on 0438 099 041 or enter your details here and we will get back to you.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already have the knowledge required to attain some (or all) of the subjects, within the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health, you may be able to save yourself some effort and money by doing ‘Assessment Only’.

This is where you complete the same Assessments as if you were doing the course, but without the study. As this is an individual process, please speak with our Course Consultants for more details.

How to Enrol

  • Phone 1300 887 991 and speak with a Course Consultant, OR
  • Complete the online Application Form, OR
  • Click HERE for Subscription, OR
  • For group enrolments, call our Enterprise team on 0438 099 041 or enter your details.

Please note, to access VET Student Loan you need to complete an enrolment interview with a Course Consultant. In the interview, we explain the VSL enrolment process and progression requirements.

You may be required to provide completed documentation and Identification to complete your enrolment. Depending on your circumstances you may also be required to supply copies of previous qualifications, Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or complete a Core Skills assessment to help ensure the course is suitable for you.

To find out more information regarding VSL enrolments please refer to the Student Entry Procedure for VET Student Loans.

Reasons to study the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health with Australis College include:

Course Content

We wrote the course ourselves, authored by practitioners who are not just qualified trainers but who have worked in various leisure and health and community services roles for many years.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Leisure Officers through to Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Placement Hours

We love placement – it is the best way to get real-world experience, improve your skills and increase your employability. For this reason, we recommend new entrants do as much placement as possible…but only up until they are ready to start paid employment.

There is a minimum of 240 hours of placement for the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health, and you only need sufficient hours to complete the workplace-based assessments and any potential role-plays.


Our CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure and Health has been reviewed and approved as providing credit towards numerous Degrees including the University of Southern Queensland, Western Sydney’s University, and Griffith University.

Check the other provider’s articulation agreements. Have they had their Diploma of Community Services vetted and approved by a University?

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?