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Counselling & Community Services Courses

Studying a course in community services or counselling, can lead to a rewarding career working with and helping a wide variety of people in our community. If you are a caring person that likes to give back to your community, then gaining a community services or counselling qualification could be the perfect place to start in this personally rewarding field.


Counselling or Community Service qualifications can lead to a rewarding career.

Help others and give back to your community by embarking on a rewarding career in the Community Services or Counselling industry.

Click on the images below to see details of each of our community services and counselling faculty courses.


Is a Community Services or Counselling course right for you?

Are you the type of person who wakes up every morning with a thirst for something more meaningful? Do you want to support people through services and skills that will give them better prospects in the future? Are you a good listener?

Working in the community services and counselling industry is a rewarding career for people who are passionate about improving the lives of others. Career paths include paid and volunteer work in the not-for profit, government or private sectors and are varied, with flexible working opportunities and conditions where no two days are the same.

People who work in the community and counselling industry have the ability to make communities change the way they think about people who have barriers, they help people to grow and discover new ways of thinking and or behaving, they are change agents and advocates for those who don’t have a voice. The role of a community service worker and/or counsellor is a diverse and rewarding career and graduates can work in a number of varying and interesting areas such as vocational, relationship, social, diverse cultures and education. Undertaking further education in this area can also benefit people who are currently working in caring careers, for example, nursing, HR, management, social work, occupational therapy to name a few.

Community service and counselling roles can be diverse and may include;

  • Alcohol and other drugs support
  • Child protection
  • Family support
  • Relationship counselling
  • Gambling support
  • Social work
  • Welfare
  • Disability
  • Youth work
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Multicultural support
  • Diversional therapy
  • Chaplaincy
  • Intake or assessment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Financial Aid
  • Youth work
  • Corrections
  • Trauma support
  • Migration
  • Aged Care
  • Suicide prevention

This list is not exhaustive, as the field grows and adapts and we better understand how social and community support positively impacts communities and individuals, your dream job might not even be created yet! While the reach of community services is broad, the core concepts of equity, inclusion, integrity and care are shared amongst all roles at every level.

Australis College is an Affiliated Organisation of PACFA.

Meet our Head of Faculty for Community Services and Counselling.

Wendy Webber - Head of the Community Service and Counselling FacultyWendy has over 20 years’ experience working in the Education sector both in TAFE and private training organisations.  She is highly skilled in the areas of course development, curriculum writing and training which includes all aspects of adult education, e-learning, workshop facilitation, distance learning and instructional design.  Her background and focus is the Community Services, Counselling and Health sector.  She is passionate about ongoing commitment to learning and staff development.

She has completed a Post Graduate in Learning and Development, Bachelor of Applied Science, Leisure & Health, Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Business and Management, Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Certificate IV TAE. She has also authored two books in the field of Community Services and Health.

Wendy’s infectious passion for the Community Services and Counselling area, combined with her vast experience in the training sector offers our students an immersed and knowledgeable learning experience at Australis College.