How to become a recreation officer

Recreation Officers, also known as welfare, recreation, and community arts workers, assist individuals and families with financial, emotional, or social difficulties in a variety of ways. They may assess current living situations and environments and offer advice on ways to improve those situations. They also work to secure food, housing, and other social benefits and help with access to job training and education.

Duties and tasks

  • Assisting with information on counselling, housing services, food access, etc
  • Improving care and programs available for community members
  • Interviewing individuals and families to determine specific needs
  • Publishing reports on the efficiency and quality of community services
  • Setting up plans of action to ensure better qualities of life
  • Working with victims of abuse by providing counselling, care, and financial assistance

Skills required

  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Empathy
  • Oral and written communications skills
  • Positive and nonjudgmental attitude
  • Use of logic and reasoning to resolve complex problems

Working conditions

Recreation Officers often work in governmental agencies at the federal, state, or municipal level. They also sometimes work for private non-governmental organizations or in schools.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) 

Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Community Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Recreation Adviser
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Special Care Worker
  • Welfare Centre Manager
  • Welfare Worker
  • Youth Worker