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Drug and Alcohol Counsellors provide support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develop strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provide community education. May work in a call centre.
Skill Level 1
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2513-13 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Group: 2721 Counsellors
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
Other occupations included in the ANZSCO Unit Group 2721 Counsellors:
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.
Drug and Alcohol Counsellors provide support and treatment for people with drug
and alcohol dependency problems, develop strategies which assist them to set
goals and affect and maintain change, and provide community education. May
work in a call centre.
Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:
assessing client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
conducting counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family
presenting alternative approaches and discussing potential for attitude
and behaviour change
Additional tasks may include:
maintaining accurate and confidential client records
referring clients to other practitioners and service providers where
In Australia, there are currently no legal requirements for licensing or registration
for the occupation of Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Membership of a professional
body such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia may be
required by employers.
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).
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