Recreation Officers plan, organise and coordinate recreation facilities and programs through organisations such as local governments, schools, church bodies and youth organisations.

    You usually need a formal qualification in sport and recreation, leisure and health, or a related field to work as a Recreation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Recreation Officers. Traineeships may also be available.

    Tasks

    • Identifies issues of local need, concerns and aspirations through community consultation.
    • Organises local sporting, cultural and recreational events and activities such as community functions, hobby classes, community arts projects and sporting competitions.

    More about Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

    All Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

    • $1,374 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Recreation Officers

    • 1,800 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 62% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Recreation Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,800 in 2011 to 1,800 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Recreation Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, 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 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 62% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Public Administration and Safety32.3
    Health Care and Social Assistance30.4
    Arts and Recreation Services18.0
    Other Services6.0
    Other Industries13.3

    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.
    StateRecreation OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.631.6
    VIC21.125.6
    QLD19.520.0
    SA4.87.0
    WA11.510.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT3.31.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketRecreation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.9-5.05.0
    20-2412.0-9.39.3
    25-3422.1-22.922.9
    35-4420.9-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-598.3-9.09.0
    60-646.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationRecreation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV21.3-21.121.1
    Year 1216.4-18.118.1
    Year 114.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below8.9-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in sport and recreation, leisure and health, or a related field to work as a Recreation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Recreation Officers. Traineeships may also be available.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

    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.

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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. Customer and Personal Service

      70% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      56% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      54% Skill level

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

    4. Clerical

      54% Skill level

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

    5. English Language

      51% Skill level

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

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

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

    2. Telephone

      89% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Contact With Others

      89% Important

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

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      88% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      84% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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