Welfare Support Worker

Welfare Support Worker
What does a Welfare Support Worker do?

Helps clients with long term problems to turn their lives around

  • Educates clients about how to change their circumstances and how to move forward in their lives
  • Works in a welfare care team
  • Helps clients with problems like relationship issues, unemployment, illness, drug or alcohol issues
  • Puts clients in contact with appropriate support services
  • Works to advance children, young people, their families and their communities.

What do I need to be good at?

  • Communicating and negotiating
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Working well in a team or by myself
  • Organising and time managing
  • Relate patiently and well to people
  • Coping with and managing conflict
  • Writing and maintaining reports

How much does a welfare support worker get paid?

Starts at $41,713 and progresses to $60,496 depending on your experience.

How does a welfare support worker get trained?

  • You can start at school by
    1. Getting involved in the Experience in Community Services Taster for Year 10s.
    2. Enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate III in Community Services Work or
    3. With a school based traineeship, Certificate III Community Services.
  • After school you can study Certificate III at TAFE or another Registered Training Organisation
  • You can learn on the job

Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

Where are the jobs for Welfare Support Workers?

For jobs right around Australia, check out www.uworkin.com
For jobs in Geelong see our live job feed on www.geelongcareers.org.au

Some related jobs are:

Disability Services Instructor; Aged Care Work, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, Probation and Parole Officer.

What does this job lead to?

Welfare Support Workers may go on to further training to become social workers, youth workers, registered nurses, teachers or sociologists.