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.

Get work-ready

Our work-integrated learning allows you to put your skills into practice while still under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners. These field education placements are conducted in a variety of communities and workplaces in metropolitan and regional settings, giving you the chance to work through a wide range of scenarios. You'll graduate ready to handle real-world situations 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.

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.

Warrnambool social work information nights

Tuesday 10 October, Tuesday 11 November, Wednesday 7 December 2022

The Bachelor of Social Work is coming to our Warrnambool Campus. Talk to academics, meet our industry partners and discover studying social work leads to a rewarding and fulfilling career.

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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.

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

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


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.

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