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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Community Financial Counsellor

Community Financial Counsellors provide a specialist service assisting people faced with debt and other financial issues. Your work requires specialist knowledge, paralegal skills and competencies especially in regard to credit and debt issues affecting clients and their rights and obligations; and a solid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients. Work may be applied in casework, community development and social justice contexts. Note 1: This qualification is NOT related to the work performed by financial planners or financial advisers whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options. Note 2: This qualification does NOT refer to therapeutic counselling. Psychological issues require referral to a professionally qualified practitioner.) 

Summary of Training

CORE Units (11 required)

  • Advocate for clients
  • Develop and implement community programs
  • Work effectively in the community sector
  • Work within a structured counselling framework
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship
  • Support clients in decision-making processes
  • Reflect and improve upon counselling skills
  • Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues
  • Facilitate the financial counselling process
  • Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques

Elective Units (6 required)

  • Use relevant legislation in response to client needs
  • Contribute to OHS processes
  • Provide systems advocacy services
  • Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication
  • Work effectively in mental health
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers OR
  • Work effectively in rural financial counseling

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Health, Care & Community Services

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Helping & Advising

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 11120

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Community Financial Counsellor - CHC52108
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
Classification T * T
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T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 411713

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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