Youth Workers assist young people as individuals or groups to solve social, emotional and financial problems in an agency framework.

Also known as: Youth Officer or Youth Support Worker.

Specialisations: Juvenile Justice Officer, Youth Accommodation Support Worker, Youth Liaison Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in youth work, youth justice, community services, or child, youth, and family intervention to work as a Youth Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Youth Workers.

Tasks

  • Assists young people to solve social, emotional and financial problems.
  • Assesses clients' needs and plans, develops and implements educational, training and support programs.
  • Interviews clients and assesses the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Monitors and reports on the progress of clients.
  • Refers clients to agencies that can provide additional help.

All Welfare Support Workers

  • $1,328 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Youth Workers

  • 12,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 59% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Youth Workers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 11,100 in 2011 to 12,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Youth Workers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 59% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

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Weekly Earnings

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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 Assistance55.0
Public Administration and Safety24.3
Education and Training7.9
Other Services6.4
Other Industries6.4

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.
StateYouth WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.531.6
VIC21.025.6
QLD21.920.0
SA13.97.0
WA8.210.8
TAS2.32.0
NT2.81.0
ACT1.31.9

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 BracketYouth WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-2411.6-9.39.3
25-3435.2-22.922.9
35-4424.5-22.022.0
45-5417.4-21.621.6
55-595.7-9.09.0
60-643.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationYouth WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree24.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma26.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV23.1-21.121.1
Year 1211.9-18.118.1
Year 112.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.1-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in youth work, youth justice, community services, or child, youth, and family intervention to work as a Youth Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Youth Workers.

Membership with the Australian Community Workers Association may 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.

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Welfare Support Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic, and can communicate well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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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