How to become a Rehabilitation Counsellor

Rehabilitation counsellors assist people with disability or medical conditions or who are experiencing social disadvantage to attain individual rehabilitation goals, including return to paid employment. They assist people with physical or psychological disabilities, refugees, ex-offenders, disadvantaged youth and those experiencing long-term unemployment.

Personal requirements of a Rehabilitation Counsellor

  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • A supportive and tactful approach to people's problems
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Rehabilitation Counsellor

To become a rehabilitation counsellor you usually have to complete a degree in health science or an allied health field at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation counselling. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics is normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of a relevant bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.5%

NSW 39.7%

NT 1.5%

QLD 17.5%

SA 7.2%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 19.2%

WA 10.3%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 21.3%

Female 78.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 6.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 3.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 28.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 26.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 26.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 21.7%

Above 35 years: 78.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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