Student Counsellors provide information and assistance to students, parents and teachers about a wide range of matters, such as students' personal problems, learning difficulties and special requirements.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in counselling, psychology or a related field to work as a Student Counsellor. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Conducts counselling interviews with students.
    • Assists students in the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal relationships.
    • Presents alternative approaches and discusses potential for attitude and behavioural change.
    • Contributes information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assists parents and teachers in dealing with these needs.
    • May work in a call centre.

    All Counsellors

    • $1,584 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Student Counsellors

    • 2,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 55% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 78% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Student Counsellors (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,900 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Student Counsellors work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (55%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 78% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training88.3
    Health Care and Social Assistance6.1
    Other Services1.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.3
    Other Industries2.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateStudent CounsellorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.631.6
    VIC27.825.6
    QLD18.020.0
    SA10.67.0
    WA5.210.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketStudent CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-245.8-9.39.3
    25-3423.7-22.922.9
    35-4422.1-22.022.0
    45-5421.2-21.621.6
    55-5910.1-9.09.0
    60-649.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationStudent CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate45.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree33.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.6-21.121.1
    Year 127.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in counselling, psychology or a related field to work as a Student Counsellor. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    You must also be registered with your state or territory teaching board. Membership with The Australian Counselling Association may also be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Counsellors who can communicate clearly and are caring and compassionate.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Therapy and counselling

      90% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    2. Education and training

      80% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      79% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Customer and personal service

      75% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. English language

      69% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Demands

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    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Letters and memos

      92% Important

      Write letters and memos.

    5. Contact with people

      91% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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