Social work


Passionate about human rights and have a strong sense of social justice? A career in social work could be for you. Develop the skills to work with individuals, families and communities to address inequality and improve lives.

Explore your study options

Gain the knowledge and skills to enhance the wellbeing of others through an understanding of policy, socioeconomic factors and social equity issues. With a fully accredited social work degree from Deakin, you’ll graduate ready to handle real-world challenges with confidence.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

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


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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

Choose a social work degree that will get you work ready

Discover how a Deakin social work degree will equip you with the latest tools and techniques to enable social change and improve the lives of others.

Benefit from industry connections

Our strong links with industry and partnership organisations provide opportunities for you to gain practical experience in various practice areas. Plus, you’ll learn from guest lecturers with a broad range of expertise and knowledge.

Gain practical experience

Put your skills into practice under the supervision of qualified social workers through work-integrated learning. Gain invaluable hands-on experience in a variety of communities and workplaces in online, metropolitan, regional or rural settings.

Professional recognition

Our social work degrees are accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). As a graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of AASW and can practice professionally throughout Australia.

Top professional roles in social work

Demand is high for social workers across a range of settings, with strong job growth of 15.9%  – or 6,900 jobs  – by 2028 in Australia.* Career paths in social work include:

    • child and family counsellor
    • child protection 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.

Receive adjustment points towards your ATAR

Want to boost your chances of getting into your dream degree? If you live regionally or in a remote location, we offer an alternative entry pathway into the Bachelor of Social Work.

Being a social worker is about taking bold and innovative approaches to make a positive difference for the individuals and communities we partner with.

Professor Beth Crisp

Discipline leader for social work

World-class teaching experiences 

Immerse yourself in world-leading research and learn from the best at Deakin. You’ll graduate highly skilled and work ready.

Learn from industry leaders

Every course at Deakin is shaped by industry experts, and our staff are leaders in their fields. You’ll learn the latest approaches to enable social change and improve the lives of others, covering social topics such as human behaviour, public policy and more.

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 access to health care, there’s a research supervisor for you at our Geelong Waterfront Campus.

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How to become a social worker and advocate for change

A degree in social work enables you to pursue a wide range of meaningful career paths and opens up a world of opportunity.

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*Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2028
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our social work courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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