Family and Marriage Counsellors assist individuals, couples and families with marriage and relationship difficulties. They may work in call centres.

Specialisations: Family Court Counsellor.

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

Tasks

  • Conducts counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups.
  • Assists people in the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships.
  • Presents alternative approaches and discusses potential for attitude and behavioural change.
  • Consults with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs.
  • May work in a call centre.

All Counsellors

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

Family and Marriage Counsellors

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 40% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 83% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Family and Marriage Counsellors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Family and Marriage Counsellors work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (40%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (66%).
  • Gender: 83% 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)
Health Care and Social Assistance88.2
Education and Training4.0
Public Administration and Safety3.5
Other Services2.2
Other Industries2.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFamily and Marriage CounsellorsAll Jobs Average
NSW25.131.6
VIC36.025.6
QLD19.720.0
SA6.47.0
WA8.310.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFamily and Marriage CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.6-9.39.3
25-3413.5-22.922.9
35-4418.7-22.022.0
45-5424.6-21.621.6
55-5915.7-9.09.0
60-6413.9-6.06.0
65 and Over12.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationFamily and Marriage CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate49.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree35.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.7-21.121.1
Year 121.5-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

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

Membership with The Australian Counselling Association may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police 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 VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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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 Counseling

    96% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    91% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    83% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

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

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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, 21-1013.00 - Marriage and Family Therapists.

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  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    100% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Contact With Others

    97% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

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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, 21-1013.00 - Marriage and Family Therapists.

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