Careers Counsellor

ANZSCO Code: 272111 / Group A

Careers counsellors help people explore career options and support individuals in their personal development. They provide information and guidance to both individuals and groups, aiding them in making informed decisions about their career paths.

Careers Counsellor

Occupation Descriptions

Careers counsellors offer guidance to individuals and groups regarding career choices and help individuals with personal growth and development.

Alternative Titles:


  • Careers Adviser

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:


Other occupations included in the ANZSCO Unit Group 2721 Counsellors:

  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellors nec  (not elsewhere classified)
  • Psychologists aiming for migration should contact the Australian Psychological Society for assessment as Psychologists.

Careers Counsellor is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

Group A

To become a Careers Counsellor in Australia, you’ll need qualifications similar to an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher in a closely related field. This means you should have studied subjects that are relevant to the job you want. After completing your qualification, you’ll need to have worked in a similar job for at least one year. This work should match the skills required for the job, and it should have been done within the last five years.

When you apply, both your qualifications and work experience will be carefully reviewed to make sure they meet the standards needed for the job. This means they should show that you have the right knowledge and skills to be a Careers Counsellor. If everything checks out positively, you’ll be approved for the role. So, it’s important to ensure your qualifications and work experience are up to par and that they showcase your abilities in helping people with their careers and personal development.

Group A

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in a comparable discipline that is not ‘very relevant’ and an Australian Graduate Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy may be admitted. 

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher

The following topics of study can be considered on a case-by-case basis while pursuing highly relevant employment:

  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Social Work in Clinical / Counselling stream 

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy


Careers counsellors play a vital role in assisting individuals and groups in navigating various career options while fostering personal growth. They offer valuable information and guidance to help people make well-informed decisions regarding their career paths. By evaluating individuals’ skills, interests, and goals, careers counsellors provide tailored advice to support professional and personal development.

 Whether working one-on-one or with groups, they offer resources and insights to enhance job-seeking skills, such as resume building and interview preparation. Additionally, careers counsellors create a supportive environment where clients can explore different opportunities and overcome obstacles, empowering them to pursue fulfilling career paths. Through their expertise and guidance, careers counsellors contribute to individuals’ overall well-being and success in both their professional and personal lives.

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    Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

    Working with clients on career, study, and employment options involves gathering and analyzing information relevant to their abilities and needs. This includes assessing their skills, interests, and goals to determine suitable career paths or educational opportunities. Additionally, careers counsellors provide information and resources to assist clients in developing job-seeking skills, such as resume writing, interview preparation, and networking strategies.

    Additional tasks may include:

    Keeping precise and confidential records of client interactions is crucial. Careers counsellors also refer clients to other professionals or services when necessary. In Australia, there aren’t specific legal mandates for licensing or registration for Careers Counsellors. However, some employers may require membership in professional bodies like the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

    How to apply

    If you’re a professional planning to migrate to Australia, there’s a good chance you’ll need to undergo assessment by our organization. We assess 360 different professional occupations, thoroughly examining your skills, experience, and qualifications to ensure they meet Australian standards. This assessment process is essential for determining your eligibility to work in your chosen field in Australia.

    1. Find

    Find the VETASSESS occupation that best matches your abilities and experience.

    2. Match

    Match your skills and experience to your chosen occupation.

    3. Prepare

    Get ready to apply by preparing all the information and documents you need. 

    4. Apply

    Apply online when you’re ready. If you’re still unsure, skills assessment support is available when you need it.