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Becoming a Residential Care Officer
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Becoming a Residential Care Officer

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Provides care and supervision for children or disabled persons in group housing or institutional care.
Training time 0.5 - 3 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,442
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 13,600

How do I become a Residential Care Officer in Victoria?

To work as a Residential Care Officer in Victoria, you'll need:
    • A Diploma of Community Services
      • To work in child protection or youth justice you will need to complete the ‘Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare’ specialisation
      • To work in child protection you will also need to check that your Diploma has Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) approval


    • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
    • Certificate III in Community Services Certificate IV in Dementia Practice

What does a Residential Care Officer do?

  • Assesses clients' needs and plans, develops and implements educational, training and support programs
  • Interviews clients and assesses the nature and extent of difficulties
  • Monitors and reports on the progress of clients
  • Refers clients to agencies that can provide additional help
  • Assesses community needs and resources for health, welfare, housing, employment, training and other facilities and services
  • Liaises with community groups, welfare agencies, government bodies and private businesses about community issues and promoting awareness of community resources and services
  • Supports families and provides education and care for children and disabled persons in adult service units, group housing and government institutions
  • Supervises offenders on probation and parole
  • Assists young people to solve social, emotional and financial problems

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