Community Development Worker Courses

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What is a Community Development Worker?

A community development worker focuses on how to best enhance the public offerings of the neighbourhood or other community in which they work. These efforts can take different shapes depending on the current facilities and programs offered in a community and that specific area's future needs and goals. Often community development workers will work to improve shared recreation areas, public health and housing options and other general welfare issues.

Community development workers will collaborate with a range of colleagues and other key stakeholders to analyse needs before developing and implementing plans for change. These can include members of the community and local government, local businesses, public health agencies, medical professionals and fellow community development team members. Community development workers also often help promote resources available to the public. This role can often fall under the remit of local government or a not-for-profit organisation.

Community Development Worker Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Community Development Worker.

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How much do Community Development Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time community development worker generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Community Development Workers?

Community development jobs can fall under the general umbrella of welfare, recreation and community arts worker jobs. As of May 2019, there were approximately 36,000 such jobs in Australia. That number is expected to grow to more than 46,500 by May 2024.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections

How long does it take to become a Community Development Worker?

Many community development worker jobs require a qualification in community services. The level of qualification needed can change from position to position. A Certificate IV of Community Services can take upwards of 12 months to complete depending on your study mode (online, on campus or a mix of both) and if you study full or part time. You will also have to complete work placement. Another option is a Diploma of Community Services with a Case Management Specialisation. This learning pathway can take anywhere from 12-24 months to complete and includes work placement training.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au