Rehabilitation Counsellors assist physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged people to reintegrate into work and the community.
Conducts counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups.
Assists people in the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour.
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.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Counsellors, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 72% of people employed as Rehabilitation Counsellors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Rehabilitation Counsellors||All Jobs Average|
Around 69% of Rehabilitation Counsellors live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Rehabilitation Counsellors is 35 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 74% of the workforce. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Rehabilitation Counsellors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in rehabilitation counselling is usually needed to work as a Rehabilitation Counsellor.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Rehabilitation Counsellors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||40.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.6||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Counsellors who can communicate clearly and are caring and compassionate.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
Looking for ways to help people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
52%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
79%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
75%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
67%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
51%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
48%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
48%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
42%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
40%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
39%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
38%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
36%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
28%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
26%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
23%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
39%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
61%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
59%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
58%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
58%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
57%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
56%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
52%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
51%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
51%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
49%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
48%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
47%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
46%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
43%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
41%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
40%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
87%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
84%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
Talk on the telephone.
79%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Use electronic mail.
78%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
74%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work to strict deadlines.
72%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
68%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
67%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
64%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
64%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
63%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
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