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ANZSCO 272112 - Registered Migration Australia


A drug and alcohol counsellor provides support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develops strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provides community education. In Australia drug and alcohol counsellor is a Skill Level 1 occupation.



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Group: 2721 Counsellors




Job Description - Registered Migration Australia


The job of a drug and alcohol counsellor in Australia is to provide information on vocational, relationship, social and educational difficulties and issues, and work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and other talking therapies.



  • working with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs
  • providing information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills
  • assessing client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
  • conducting counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups
  • assisting the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships
  • presenting alternative approaches and discussing potential for attitude and behaviour change
  • consulting with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs
  • contributing information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assisting parents and teachers in dealing with these needs
  • may work in a call centre


Skill Level

Most occupations in the drug and alcohol counsellor unit group (Group 2721) have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).


Occupations within the Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Group



Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same drug and alcohol counsellor group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.


English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate Exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor is currently assessed with VETASSESS - (Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services); more info regarding general assessement bodies


Average Income

The average salary for a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor in Australia is $ 68,431 for male employees and $ 54,014 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 46.8 Females: 45.2 Persons: 45.7


Source: (Group 2721) Counsellors - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016


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