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Case Manager

Assist clients with complex problems and help to improve their quality of life.

What's it like to be a Case Manager?

A Case Manager is responsible for helping their client to solve a complex series of problems or coordinate a series of moving parts to one big problem. Solving these problems will usually enhance the client’s quality of life.

Case Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Understanding the needs of their client, from both practical everyday and holistic views.
  • Writing up plans and agreements, and negotiating these with the client and stakeholders.
  • Establishing and making contact with the services the client requires, according to their agreed plan.
  • Linking clients with services and products they require (such as Centrelink, housing, medical or legal).
  • Ensuring agreements and plans are complied with.
  • Organising appointments and meetings and ensure invitees attend.
  • Setting schedules, timelines, tracking milestones and reporting on progress.
  • Conducting risk assessments and ensuring paperwork is accurate and complete.
  • Problem-solving, negotiating solutions and enabling progress.
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Depending on the type of case management, they sometimes work in a consultative capacity and sometimes in an interventionist capacity. Case Managers may work in both capacities — those in the health and social services industry assigned to coordinate services for mentally ill clients or vulnerable children, for example.

Empathic, tenacious, excellent communicators and with impeccable project management abilities, Case Managers need to be organised and have effective influencing skills.

Between chasing up services and outstanding agreements, attending meetings and liaising with stakeholders, Case Managers have their hands full most of the time. However, the personal rewards of the job are high for those who can take on the challenge.

What can I earn as a Case Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Case Manager is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Case Manager


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Although not mandatory, a qualification in community services may be an advantage when seeking employment as a Case Manager.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015) or a Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015), available through TAFE or a private college. There are no minimum admission requirements.
  2. Complete a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) or a Bachelor of Community Services at university. These courses will take 3 years to complete and will require you to have completed year 12 or gain special admission.

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How do Case Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 66 Case Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.0

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Oct 2018
Social Work Managment is interesting , rewarded job and should be paid better. Case managers have flex working hours and lot's of vacation time starting day one.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Behavioral Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Homeless youth, and adults , behavioral issues, mental health and addictions
The good things
Case managers are social service workers who coordinate care for their clients. Case managers work with agencies and institutions to ensure that clients get the care they need. A case manager may perf...
The challenges
Social work case management is a particularly challenging field. It requires as understanding of many different types of case management all rolled together in one. As a result, the amount of time the...
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Oct 2018
Awesome occupation...no two days the same...enjoy being a Case Manager.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Family Supervised Contact
The good things
Satisfaction is the key to remaining a motivated Case Manager. The satisfaction of assisting families, disability, or the elderly with needs, wants, and security of confidentiality whilst holistical...
The challenges
Challenges of being an effective Case Manager include not taking Bosses comments to heart and not becoming attached to your client. Bosses have budgets and WILL remind you of this. Bosses also have t...
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Working hours for Case Managers

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Weekends
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