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Community worker

Community workers are an important part of the community services industry. They provide support to people of all ages with a range of health, welfare and wellbeing issues. 

Find out what a community worker does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a community worker?

Community workers run community development programs and find solutions to community problems. Areas of work could include: 

  • recreation 
  • health 
  • housing
  • employment 
  • welfare services. 

You can work in community organisations or welfare agencies. You may also work with young people to help with social, emotional and financial problems.

Find out more about community workers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for a community worker in Australia is $1,289.

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window) 

Note this salary is current as of April 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for welfare support worker jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for community workers.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan3,1542.6%408
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan1,4863.1%216
Melbourne – southern metropolitan2,5433.5%409
Melbourne – northern metropolitan2,2723.6%369
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan2,3992.9%337
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,7303.6%281
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)5753.6%94
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)7743.2%115
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)1,3154.3%246
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)1651.5%16
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)2712.1%31
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)4823.9%83
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)4653.3%72
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)2922.2%34

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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