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Study Counselling

Study Counselling

  • Professionally accredited courses
  • Hands-on work placement opportunities
  • Learn from experienced industry mentors
  • Develop in-demand counselling skills


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If you’re looking to establish a rewarding career as a Counsellor, you’re in safe hands with ACAP. Our accredited counselling courses are designed to equip you with the practical and soft skills you need for the counselling career you want. Through expert mentorship and hands-on learning, we’ll empower you to forge a successful counselling career, where you’ll have the opportunity to support individuals, couples, families or groups in various settings.


According to the latest data from the National Skills Commission (Jobs and Skills Australia), counselling jobs are expected to grow for the five years between November 2021 and November 2026. It is forecast that the number of counselling professionals is expected to increase from 24,400 to 27,800 by 2026. Median hourly earnings are also on the rise, with Counsellors earning up to $45 per hour – 10 per cent more than the average wage of all full-time occupations.

Counselling can be an extremely rewarding career path, allowing you to support vulnerable members of society across areas including relationships and families, grief and loss, trauma, mental health, and addiction. Roles are largely in healthcare, social assistance, education, public health and safety or private practice. Find out about typical occupations and salaries below, based on industry data.
Job Title/Average Salary Job Title/Average Salary
Addictive Behaviour: $104,741~ Behaviour support: $80,000- $100,000`
Carer Support: $67,555* Child and adolescence: $89,221~
Child protection: $65,000- $75,000^ Counsellor: $80,000- $95,000^
Community workers: $68,411* Crisis support: $74,000 **
Disability support workers: $50,000- $55,000^ Family support workers: $70,000- $80,000^
Grief and bereavement : $70,000** Intake assessment officer: $72,072*
Mental health and well-being support worker: $60,000- $75,000^ Psychotherapists: $85,787~
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Sectors you could work in

  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Child, Adolescence and Families
  • Community Support
  • Crisis Support
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Group Work
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Trauma Support

Data Sources For Indicated Salaries (sourced January 2023)

**Payscale   `Ranstad      * Talent           ^ Seek           ~ Indeed           _ SalaryExpert

Flexible study modes

At ACAP we provide you with a range of flexible study choices including on campus and online study with the option to study full-time or part-time, depending on your chosen course. Whether you are combining your study with a full-time job, trying to balance your family life or hoping to further your education, we can help you reach your career goals.

  • On Campus

    Attend classes for a rewarding, interactive hands-on experience at one of our 6 campuses.

  • Online

    Study anywhere, anytime with our online classes including discussion forums.

  • Blended learning

    A combination of live classes and online learning for freedom and practical experience.

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alumni stories

Becoming a mental health therapist

I have held a lifelong passion to work as a mental health therapist, but wasn’t in a position to pursue this career until the last 10 years. I had graduated with an honours Psychology degree, but felt the need to develop my counselling skills which I believe are integral to the helping profession. I’m now employed in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit at Mosman Private Hospital – my placement experience during my course paved the way to empowering and informing my growth as a mental health therapist.

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You can be yourself

At ACAP, we promote a college culture where every voice is heard and respected, where you have freedom from discrimination and harassment, and feel supported, valued and included.

We particularly welcome students:
• of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
• with a disability, or ongoing medical or mental health condition
• from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• of diverse genders and sexualities
• from low socio-economic backgrounds.

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We'll help you succeed

Our deep understanding of human behaviour is reflected in the way you study with us. Smaller, interactive classes help you excel, while our supportive study environment ensures you feel comfortable contributing your thoughts and ideas. ACAP is where your passion for learning is mirrored by our passion for experiential teaching, and where we give you the encouragement and one-on-one support to help you thrive.

We’re outcomes-focused, meaning it’s not just about what you learn while you’re with us, but what you’re capable of when you graduate. Our practical approach provides hours of real-world interaction, insight, and professional connections. You'll graduate with practical skills, enhanced confidence, and contemporary expertise that is industry-recognised and highly sought-after.

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We'll support you with funding options

Your fees may vary depending on your enrolment. Whether you're a self-funded domestic student, using a FEE-HELP loan or an international student, we have options to meet your needs.

  • Pay Upfront: Pay your tuition fees up front by direct debit, BPAY or credit card every trimester.
  • FEE-HELP: A Commonwealth Government loan to help pay for all or part of your higher education course fees.

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