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Find out how to become a counsellor and work in the community services industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Counsellor is $82,600 - 113,000 annually


What does a Counsellor do?

Counsellors give talking therapy to help people deal with emotional issues or difficulties. They work face-to-face with individual clients, couples or small groups. 

Read more about the community services industry.

What are the key skills of a Counsellor?

Counsellors encourage clients to talk about their feelings and emotions and provide support with issues related to these.

  • Understanding a range of needs including drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues
  • Talking to clients to evaluate their emotional and physical needs
  • Leading counselling meetings with groups to facilitate communal understanding
  • Helping clients to adjust attitudes and expectations within a variety of relationships
  • Working with other counsellors to promote the understanding of those with needs
  • Developing rehabilitation plans alongside clients

How to become a Counsellor 

If you're interested in becoming a Counsellor, you'll typically need to complete a higher-level qualification, such as a university degree.

We recommend studying a CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling as this will be a great starter course to pursue entry-level work in counselling, as well as prepare you for further study if you wish to become a Counsellor. 
I am finding my course really good. I like the self-paced learning format, and because I’ve been in the sector for a long time it’s good to re-learn some things as well.
Student Q&A: Kate Johnson
, Community Services Faculty Student - Counselling
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Counsellor quick facts

Working as a counsellor allows you to care for the needs of others and build relationships whilst working with different types of information.

Employment for Counsellors is set to grow strongly in the next five years. From 24,400 in 2021 to 27,800 by 2025. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Community Services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow strongly in the next five years. From 24,400 in 2021 to 27,800 by 2025.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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