What is the Social Work program about?
Social Workers aim to enhance individual and community wellbeing by addressing structural challenges that are harmful to people, such as discrimination, inequality, violence and other forms of oppression—focusing on social justice and human rights.
Social Work can assist in generating sustainable change by engaging in interpersonal practice, groupwork, advocacy, community work and social action to address both personal difficulties and public issues.
Through their advocacy, Social Workers utilise skills in research, social policy development, administration, management, consultancy, education, training, supervision and evaluation to affect positive social change.
Why study Social Work with us?
We offer two professional qualifying courses in social work, opening the door for graduates to work in Australia and overseas in this dynamic and progressive profession.
Students learn a foundation of social work principles, research and theory, complemented by two professional supervised field education work placements.
Our graduates work in roles requiring a deep understanding of the relationships between people and their physical, cultural, social, economic and political environments.
What careers relate to Social Work?
Social work is a part of a growing service industry with graduates working across local, state and federal government departments, in private and non-government human service organisations and in various advocacy, policy making and tribunal capacities. Opportunities range from direct practice, education, community and policy development, and research.
- Case Manager
- Child and youth worker
- Community engagement officer/co-ordinator
- Education and career support consultant
- Human rights advocate
- Mental health and wellbeing coordinator
- Migrant and refugee settlement officer
- Policy adviser/analyst/researcher
- Public servant
- Public health consultant
- Rehabilitation support worker
- Social Worker
- Victims advocate
- Youth support coordinator
Helping people in need through crucial research
How studying Social Work can give you a rewarding career in a vital industry.
How can I learn about Social Work?
Students learn a foundation of social work principles, research and theory, complemented by two professional supervised fieldwork placements.
Our courses are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.
Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.
Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information and entry requirements on the Courses & Units website.
Your learning experience in Social Work goes beyond the lecture and tutorials.
You will be taught by experts, and gain perspective from guest lecturers and forums; gain a competitive advantage with real-world experience prior to graduation; have options to complete your studies your way, whether on-campus, online, part-time or full-time; pursue your passion or specialisation with a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs, or meet your career goals with our pathway options.
Our research in Social Work
Our research in Social Work focusses on on engaging critically with a diverse range of social and practice concerns at local, national and international levels. Staff are recognised as leaders in research on social inclusion; mental health; migrants and refugees; ageing; grief and bereavement; risk; Whiteness and decolonisation; and ethics and morality in social work practice.
Our work is published in leading journals and by top-tier academic presses, we have access to an international network of top-flight researchers, and members of our team have received prestigious research grants and fellowships.
We welcome proposals from qualified applicants to undertake research degrees in PhDs and Masters, and are pleased to discuss research proposals that cross disciplines, including law, science, creative arts, business, economics and health sciences.
Featured Researcher | Assoc Prof Anthea Vreugdenhil
Anthea has an active research program in the area of care, with a focus on aged care, caring societies and social work education. Her research has a strong policy and practice focus, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods.View Anthea's full researcher profile Browse our academic staff profiles