Religious Assistants support Ministers of Religion or religious communities in performing a variety of religious functions associated with the practise of a religion, including worship, spiritual guidance, and pastoral care and teaching.

Specialisations: Pastoral Worker.

You can work as a Religious Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

Tasks

  • Conducts services of worship and acknowledgment of faith.
  • Delivers sermons, homilies, special talks, and plans music for services.
  • Participates in activities of communities, encourages people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organises community projects.
  • Conducts classes of religious instruction, and supervises prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars.
  • Conducts premarital and family counselling and refers people to professional service agencies where necessary.
  • Assists with performance of marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law.
  • Visits members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort.
  • Keeps records as required by the church and civil law.

All Other Personal Service Workers

  • $1,163 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Religious Assistants

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 36% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 69% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Religious Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,100 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Religious Assistants work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (36%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
  • Gender: 69% 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)
Other Services54.5
Health Care and Social Assistance22.9
Education and Training16.1
Accommodation and Food Services2.9
Other Industries3.6

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.
StateReligious AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.6
VIC23.125.6
QLD16.220.0
SA13.97.0
WA7.810.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.71.0
ACT2.31.9

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 BracketReligious AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.0-5.05.0
20-249.4-9.39.3
25-3415.3-22.922.9
35-4414.9-22.022.0
45-5419.2-21.621.6
55-5912.6-9.09.0
60-6412.2-6.06.0
65 and Over14.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationReligious AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.5-21.121.1
Year 1213.4-18.118.1
Year 111.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Religious Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Philosophy and Theology

    94% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  2. Therapy and Counseling

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Education and Training

    70% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Psychology

    68% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Contact With Others

    96% Important

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

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

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

  3. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    94% Important

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

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    94% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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