Community & Social Services

Rehabilitation Counsellor

Rehabilitation counsellors work with clients who have emotional, mental and physical challenges to help them to live and work independently.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor's degree + post-graduate qualification / training

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Rehabilitation Counsellor do?

Rehabilitation counsellors work with clients who have emotional, mental and physical challenges to help them to live and work independently.


Work activities

As a rehabilitation counsellor you would:

  • evaluate clients’ abilities, interests, skills, and state of health
  • create rehabilitation plans that fit each client's needs, goals and abilities
  • provide counselling and support to help clients manage or adjust to their disability
  • consult with other professionals, such as doctors, therapists, and psychologists, when developing rehabilitation plans
  • meet with clients to monitor progress and alter or develop treatment as progress is made
  • arrange for clients to obtain services such as medical care or career training
  • work with employers to integrate clients into workplaces
  • research and recommend resources, such as wheelchairs or computer programs, that help clients live and work more independently
  • advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live and work independently.

Key skills and interests

To become a rehabilitation counsellor, you would need:

  • strong listening skills
  • an empathetic and supportive approach
  • problem-solving skills
  • an ability to work as part of a team or independently
  • report writing skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most rehabilitation counsellors work a standard number of hours per week, which may include evenings or weekends.


You would work in a variety of settings, such as community rehabilitation centres, hospitals, aged care facilities or independent-living facilities.


How to become an Rehabilitation Counsellor?

Entry Level Education

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.

For entry to these degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of a relevant bachelor degree.

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA).


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of rehabilitation counsellors is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for rehabilitation counsellors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities.


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