provide information on vocational, relationship, social and educational difficulties and issues, and work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and other talking therapies.
Skill Level 1
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
2513-17 Careers Counsellor
Group: 2721 Counsellors
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
Other occupations included in the ANZSCO Unit Group 2721 Counsellors:
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Family and Marriage Counsellor
Psychologists are advised to contact the Australian Psychological Society for assessment as a
Psychologist for migration purposes.
Requirements for Skills Assessment
This occupation requires a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the
educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or
higher degree, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification
employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
A positive assessment of both qualification and employment is required for a positive
Skills Assessment Outcome.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher*
Highly relevant major fields of study include:
Fields of study usually deemed not highly relevant:
Mental Health Nursing
*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.
Careers Counsellors provide individuals and groups with information about career
choices and assists individuals with self-development.
working with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs
providing information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills
assessing client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
conducting counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups
assisting the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships
presenting alternative approaches and discussing potential for attitude and behaviour change
consulting with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs
contributing information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assisting parents and teachers in dealing with these needs
may work in a call centre
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).