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Guidance Officer

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Guidance officer

What does a guidance officer do?

The job of a guidance officer (sometimes called school counsellor) is varied. Guidance officers work closely with students and their families and teachers. They do this in order to provide a wide range of support to students.

A guidance officer's responsibilities include:

  • working directly with students and teachers, support personnel, family and other specialists/professionals

  • providing guidance and counselling services to students and their families

  • performing case management and referral services to optimise students' access and engagement in education

  • preparing and implementing professional and personal skill development programs for administrators, teachers and parents

  • working collaboratively with other school-based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students

  • planning or assisting in planning support programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes

  • identifying factors that can be barriers to the learning and development of students

  • supporting the personal and social development of students providing advice about education and career pathways.

Related links

Kids Matter

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Parents Helpline

Telephone: 1300 301 300

Kids Helpline

Telephone: 1800 551 800

Northern Gold Coast Communities for Children

Telephone: (07) 5580 4993

Beaucare Family Support

Telephone: (07) 5541 3290 Email: fso@beaucare.org.au

Lifeline

Telephone: 131 114

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Last reviewed 17 February 2021
Last updated 17 February 2021