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Social work

If you have a strong sense of social justice and are passionate about human rights, a career in social work could be for you. A diverse profession, you’ll work with individuals, families and communities to address inequality and improve lives.

Accreditation: our social work courses are accredited with the AASW

Job outlook: Australian Government predicting strong future employment growth

Career opportunities

The Australian Government job outlook projections show future employment growth for social workers as very strong over the next five years, with above-average future job openings.

Career paths in social work include:

  • careers counsellor
  • case manager
  • child and family counsellor
  • child protection officer
  • community development access officer
  • community development and education officer
  • disability support coordinator
  • diversity officer
  • drug and alcohol case manager
  • family relationship adviser
  • mental health coordinator
  • school counsellor
  • youth projects officer.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Social work is a calling, not just a job. It is always challenging and exciting and even now I regularly learn something new.

Sophie Goldingray

Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development

Field education placement

You’ll go on field education placements where you'll learn under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners. This will give you invaluable insight into the profession and a head start at graduation.

Research with us

If you complete an honours year in the Bachelor of Social Work, it can open the door to further research opportunities. Whether you’re interested in disability and chronic illness related research or would like to further look into issues regarding access to health care, we have a research supervisor for you at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Learn more about researching with us

Who we work with

We’ve established strong links with industry and partnership organisations, and these links provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a broad range of practice areas. These partnerships also give you access to a host of guest lecturers, sharing a broad range of experiences and knowledge in the profession.

Accreditations

Deakin's courses in social work are accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). When you complete the course, you're eligible to apply for membership of AASW and can practise professionally throughout Australia.

What do our students and staff say?

Dr Sophie Goldingay on practising social work

Hear from Dr Sophie Goldingay, researcher and Bachelor of Social Work Course Leader, about what makes studying social work special.

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