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What does a Welfare Worker do?

Welfare Workers help marginalised, isolated and disadvantaged people access social welfare services and community support. Your daily job involves working one-on-one with clients, liaising with case managers and doing the associated paperwork.

As a Welfare Worker you’ll be interviewing clients and assessing their difficulties, then referring them to the appropriate government agencies and welfare services such as housing, social security, education and healthcare. You could specialise in child welfare, youth services, ageing, disability, or mental health.

Welfare Worker Courses

There are 6 courses available for people who want to become a Welfare Worker.

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How much do Welfare Workers earn?

In Australia, a full time Welfare Worker generally earns $1,328 per week ($69,056 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 can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Welfare Workers?

Opportunities for Welfare Workers in Australia are expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years as more than 30,000 jobs open up around the country. Welfare Workers are mainly employed by healthcare and community service organisations.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Welfare Worker?

To get started as a Welfare Worker you’ll need a VET qualification (or university studies) in social welfare and community service. Entry level qualifications include: Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Youth Work, Certificate IV Drug and Alcohol, Certificate IV in Community Services. These take 12-18 months to complete. Welfare Workers also require a national police check, a current first aid certificate, and working with children clearance.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Child Welfare, Youth and Family Intervention and Youth Work.

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