1 to 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
$14,000.00* per year (more)
* 2023 indicative annual CSP fee
Rehabilitation counsellors are allied health professionals who work within a counselling and case management framework to assist people who are experiencing disability, a health condition or social disadvantage to participate in employment or education, or to live independently and access services in the community. In this program you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a rehabilitation counsellor in government, insurance, workers compensation and motor accident rehabilitation, disability employment services, the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (or equivalent internationally), and private and not-for-profit rehabilitation services.
You will learn about vocational evaluation, job placement, injury management, disability studies, applied counselling and research methods. You will also undertake a supervised practicum placement, which will give you the opportunity to apply theory to practice.
Additionally, you will complete a supervised dissertation or choose from elective courses in areas such as workplace health and safety, mental health, entrepreneurial and negotiation skills, disability and ageing studies. This will allow you to complete specialist courses and research relevant to your interests in a particular area of rehabilitation counselling practice.
The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling offers a range of different durations depending on your prior studies and work experience.
You may be eligible to complete this program in 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent, if you have:
You may be eligible to complete this program in 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent, (with 40 credit points of advanced standing) if you have:
The program is offered full-time and part-time via off-campus study only.
Work-integrated learning is established in the core course 7313AHS Rehabilitation Counselling Practicum which is completed in the final trimester of study. Students are required to complete 200 hours (minimum) on-site supervised practice in a suitable rehabilitation counselling practice context. Students will be required to meet requirements for commencing 7313AHS in consultation with Master of Rehabilitation Counselling program staff prior to their final trimester of study.
You will be prepared to work as an accredited rehabilitation counsellor in government, insurance, workers compensation and motor accident rehabilitation, disability employment services, the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (or equivalent internationally), and private and not-for-profit rehabilitation services providing vocational assessment, counselling, case management, life skills training and social support for clients with disability, injury and vocational disadvantage.
The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling is accredited by the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA).
Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by ASORC or RCAA. Students should contact ASORC and/or RCAA to confirm membership requirements.
English language requirements for Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA) membership are higher than those required to enter this program. Students should seek advice regarding English language requirements by contacting RCAA directly.
There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:
Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Health Placement Support Hub for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Students who complete the dissertation component will have a pathway to higher degree research study. Graduates who wish to continue on to higher degree research studies and have not completed the dissertation component would be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Health Research (4161) which provides the necessary preparation for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programs.
The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.
The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
If the fee rate for your program is not displayed above, please contact Student Connect for assistance.
If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.
This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.
Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available. Please note that deferrals are not permitted for programs with Commonwealth Supported Places.
This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.