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
Diploma of Community Services
Diploma of Counselling