1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2511-11 Social Worker

Assesses the social needs of individuals and groups, and assists people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • acts as a contact between clients in need and community services
  • assesses resources for health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment and other community services
  • provides leadership and assistance for the implementation of pilot projects in community development and self-help
  • assists community organisations, social agencies and voluntary groups to improve services or develop new services
  • conducts individual or family case interviews to identify the nature and extent of clients' problems
  • evaluates information obtained to determine the type of assistance required
  • assists clients to understand and resolve problems by providing information and referring them to community or self-help agencies
  • monitors the progress of clients by maintaining contact
  • compiles case records and reports
  • may assist in budget preparation and policy formulation

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