Residential Care Officer

Provides care and supervision for children or disabled persons in group housing or institutional care.
Training time 11 months - 4 years
Average pay $49,163
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 200

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

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Community Services
Certificate IV in Youth Work
Diploma of Auslan
Diploma of Community Services
Diploma of Counselling
Diploma of Youth Work