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About the Community Services and Development Sector in New Zealand
The community and social services sector is a big employer in New Zealand and is essential for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the population. As a highly social and outward-looking sector, job opportunities are many and varied. The wellbeing and safety of New Zealanders depends heavily on community and social services development.
The Future of Community Services and Development
New initiatives are always being developed in community services, meaning that the demand for educated and skilled young people is growing.
New Zealand is a society that values individuals, families, whānau or aiga who support others that need help with their day to day living.
Community and social services might be right for you if you’re interested in working with people of different ages, life stages, abilities and cultures.
Demand for Skills
The Ministry of Social Development has been developing strategies and initiatives to tackle some of New Zealand’s biggest welfare issues, like family violence and sexual violence. These initiatives are updated every 4-5 years, and along with these updates, the increase in population - and its ageing demographic - mean that demand is growing for skilled carers and community support personnel.
The sector is revving up and there are no signs of it slowing down. Along with care for the elderly and disabled, new leaps forward in mental health support are also on the cards.
Roles and Vocations in Community Services
Counselling and therapy
Community support and care
Diagnosing and treating people
Planning and organising
Health promotion and advice
Medical research, testing and technical support
For Visa Applicants: Roles On the Skills Shortages List
If you are offered a job which appears on the list below, and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.
In this case, most of the positions on the skill shortage list are very highly skilled.
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine