Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers design and implement strategies and programs to meet community and individual needs and assist individuals, families and groups with social, emotional and financial difficulties to improve quality of life by educating and supporting them and working towards change in their social environment.

    You usually need a formal qualification in community services work, sport and recreation, arts or a related field to work as a Welfare, Recreation or Community Arts Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers.

    Tasks

    • researching and analysing community issues, needs and problems
    • developing, evaluating and maintaining community resources and programs
    • evaluating data and writing reports such as submissions requesting funding for continuing programs and new projects
    • identifying issues of local need, concerns and aspirations through community consultation
    • organising local sporting, cultural and recreational events and activities such as community functions, hobby classes, community arts projects and sporting competitions
    • providing support while exploring alternatives with clients who experience difficulties such as marital problems, unemployment, illness and drug abuse
    • assessing risks and providing intensive short-term crisis counselling for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, disasters and other crises
    • assisting to establish and administer neighbourhood houses, community groups, employment training programs and other services

    More about Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

    All Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

    All Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

    • $1,374 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 38,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 78% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 38,800 in 2018 to 50,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 39,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 7,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,374 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 78% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200818500
    200921700
    201018700
    201125400
    201225200
    201321800
    201420500
    201524200
    201625800
    201727400
    201838800
    202350600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsWelfare, Recreation and Community Arts WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13741460

    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)
    Health Care and Social Assistance53.6
    Public Administration and Safety34.1
    Education and Training2.6
    Other Services2.3
    Other Industries7.4

    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.
    StateWelfare, Recreation and Community Arts WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.331.6
    VIC25.225.6
    QLD18.420.0
    SA7.27.0
    WA11.610.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT2.01.0
    ACT1.81.9

    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 BracketWelfare, Recreation and Community Arts WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.8-5.05.0
    20-245.3-9.39.3
    25-3425.4-22.922.9
    35-4424.2-22.022.0
    45-5423.3-21.621.6
    55-5910.4-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationWelfare, Recreation and Community Arts WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate16.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree40.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.8-21.121.1
    Year 125.7-18.118.1
    Year 111.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in community services work, sport and recreation, arts or a related field to work as a Welfare, Recreation or Community Arts Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers.

    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.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Community Services and Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers who can communicate and are mature and organised.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Psychology

      74% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and personal service

      71% Skill level

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

    3. Therapy and counselling

      70% Skill level

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

    4. Clerical

      59% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Sociology and anthropology

      55% Skill level

      Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

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

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Electronic mail

      91% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      87% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-1093.00 - Social and Human Service Assistants.

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