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What You Need To Know If You Would Like To Spend Your Career Developing Communities.

Entry into a position in Community Development will usually require a level IV Certificate or higher in Community Development and relevant experience.

A Community Development worker will assist in the development and delivery of programs that encourage social change.  Sectors you’ll find yourself working within are likely to be social, health, economic, arts & culture, recreation and environmental.

You’ll need to be friendly and able to work with people from all walks of life. And also willing to develop skills that will enable you to analyse, empathise and understand a variety of complex situations.  You’ll also need to be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Job Opportunities

Take a look a the facts below, if you like to sound of a career in Community Development (taken from Glassdoor)

  • The community development industry is a well-established industry with opportunities across the country.

  • The average salary for a Community Development Worker is $66,000 (depending on role, location, education and experience.

Types of Courses

Working in Community Development will require at least a Certificate IV in Community Services.

Short Courses:

Short courses in community services and in community development are a great way to understand what is involved in such a career. They are also great for ongoing career development.  

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II/III Courses:

A Certificate II and III courses will offer you a solid grounding on all of the skills required to work proficiently within the community services field. Which can contribute to your knowledge of Community Development.

Certificate IV/Diploma’s

Certificate IV and/or a Diploma will give you a solid understanding of your chosen field and also provide you with the entry-level knowledge for your career in Community Development.

Career Outcomes

A career in Community development is very rewarding.  Here are the types of positions that you could expect to find:

  • Community Liaison
  • Social Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Policy Advisor