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Counselling Courses

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service, the number of people working as counsellors is forecast to experience very strong growth in the future. Job prospects in this industry are strong with over 22,000 job openings expected over the next five years.

You will learn how to establish counselling relationships, know the right questions to ask, conduct yourself within ethical and legal frameworks, and to recognise and respond to crisis situations. 

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a counsellor, a case worker, in leisure and health industries and in case management. You will also have a solid foundation for further tertiary study.

Counselling Courses

Course Options

Cert IV in Youth Work

In this mid-level qualification you will learn the necessary skills to work with diverse people, develop and facilitate programs and group activities for young people through a range of community-based programs, and to respond to crisis situations.

Cert IV in Mental Health

In this mid-level qualification you will learn how to provide services to people with coexisting mental health and drug and alcohol dependencies, to provide community-focused health promotion and prevention strategies, and work within the frameworks of trauma-informed care.

Cert IV in Christian Ministry and Theology

This mid-level course is designed as foundational qualification for church and ministry workers. You will learn how to identify, interpret and compare information related to basic Christian beliefs, provide information, and propose appropriate actions based on interpretations about Christian beliefs.

Diploma of Mental Health

In this high-level qualification you will develop the skills and knowledge required to work with a diverse range of clients, run early intervention and health promotion programs, and research and apply evidence to your practice. You will also learn the skills to advocate on behalf of people with coexisting mental health, drug, and alcohol problems.

Diploma of Counselling

In this high-level qualification you will learn how to establish counselling relationships, how to communicate effectively, and work within a case management framework. You will also learn a range of therapy techniques that you can use to get the best result for your clients.

Career Options

Counsellor, Case Worker, Health and Leisure Worker, Case Manager, Support Worker

English Proficiency

You will need to demonstrate you have competent English skills by showing a test results such as IELTS 5.5

High School Certificate 

You will need to provide a copy of your high school diploma to show that you have at completed Grade 12


Be 18 years old and above.

Typical Subjects that you will study in your Counselling course include:

Subject Description
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • Research and apply personality and development theories
  • Apply learning theories in counselling
  • Select and use counselling therapies
  • Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice






If you are hoping to continue your studies at university, once you have finished your Diploma of Counselling you could request course credit towards a number of different bachelor degrees such as:

Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Welfare

Bachelor of Health Science

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts Therapy

Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Steps towards an Australian Skilled Visa

As the occupation of Counsellor (nec) is on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List  (STSOL), once qualified and with the necessary professional experience, it may be possible obtain a skilled or employer-sponsored visa that will allow you to continue to live and work in Australia once you have completed your Australian studies.

Complete your bachelor level course

You will usually need to study a bachelor level with a duration of at least 3 years. Your Study Gurus Counselor will help you enrol in a course that will meet the duration and qualification levels to become eligible to apply for a graduate visa.

Apply for your 485 Graduate Visa

After you have studied your bachelor degree, you may be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa. You will need to demonstrate your English proficiency. The graduate visa will allow you to live and work in Australia for up to 2 years so you can gain professional experience. Our team of migration agents will work with you through the graduate visa process.

Apply for a formal Skills Assessment

After you have completed your post qualification work experience you will usually need to apply for an official assessment of your skills.  This involves having your qualification and professional work experience assessed by an assessment authority such as Vetassess.  You will need your skills assessment certificate to be able to apply for an employer-sponsored or skilled independent visa.

Apply for a Skilled or Employer-Sponsored Visa

Upon receipt of your positive skills assessment, you may be eligible to apply for a General Skilled Migration Visa or for the employer sponsorship. Common visas available to a Project Manager include:

  • 190 – Skilled Nominated
  • 407 – Training visa
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage – Medium Term Stream
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) – Employer sponsored stream
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa

*Applicants must meet the applicable visa eligibility criteria including qualifications, professional work experience, English proficiency, character

Job Outlook for Counsellor

Future Growth

Very Strong

Median Weekly Pay


Full Time Share

51% of the profession hold full-time employment