WHAT IS A WELFARE WORKER?

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Swinburne Online

Study the inner workings of the mind with this Bachelor of Psychological Sciences course – a qualification that is professionally recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Charles Sturt University

This Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) course will give you a solid grounding in the field of psychology.

Swinburne Online

Learn about human nature, psychology and relationships in this online Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies course, and gain highly transferrable skills for your career.

Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

Learn about human nature, psychology and relationships in this online Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies course, and gain highly transferrable skills for your career.
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Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

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Charles Sturt University

This online Bachelor of Social Work course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and will lay a solid foundation for your career as a social worker.

BCA National Training Group

Begin a rewarding career that sees you support at-risk children and families when they need it the most with this Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention (CHC50313) from BCA National Training Group.

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Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Begin a rewarding career that sees you support at-risk children and families when they need it the most with this Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention (CHC50313) from BCA National Training Group.
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Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention

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Sarina Russo Institute

Do you dream of making a difference? Start today – apply now for this online or on-campus Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) course.

Charles Sturt University

This online Graduate Diploma of Psychology is ideal for those who have completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to transition into the field of psychology.

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What is a Welfare Worker?

Welfare Workers focus on improving the financial, mental and social well-being of their clients. Working with groups, families or individuals, they can help provide a different view on a problem and assist people in accessing resources and developing skills to cope with the challenges of society.

A Welfare Worker helps people recognise, improve and resolve issues and situations that come from the trials of everyday life. They can aid their clients in overcoming problems such as homelessness, unemployment, addiction, abuse and domestic violence, and also offer assistance to those who have suffered trauma or bereavement.

Welfare Workers offer counselling, practical and emotional support, and information on applicable resources such as job search programs, refuges, clinics, and legal aid. They also help clients obtain affordable housing and facilitate access to Centrelink and other government entitlements.

What do Welfare Workers do?

  • Interviewing families, groups and individuals to determine the nature and degree of each client’s problems.
  • Giving advice and assistance with developing coping techniques and strategies.
  • Providing information to clients and organising access to applicable programs and resources.
  • Liaising with agencies and local organisations to help develop and improve welfare services.
  • Following up with clients to assess their progress and improvement.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of local services programs and resources.
  • Recommending specialists and other professionals to clients where applicable.
  • Compiling reports and managing case records.

Career snapshot for Welfare Worker

  • The average age of working Welfare Workers is 43.
  • 26.90% of Welfare Workers are male.
  • 64.40% of Welfare Workers work full-time and on average they work around 34.8 hours per week.
  • With An Associate Degree or Diploma, Welfare Workers get paid $1,084 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 52,300 employed Welfare Workers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 63,900 by 2020.
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