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Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

This Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) online course provides industry-recognised training in community services and social work.


With the knowledge and training obtained from completing this degree, you will be qualified for a range of social services roles in government departments, advocacy and charity groups and private agencies.


Charles Sturt University

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Advocacy and Leadership Course unit

The online Advocacy and Leadership unit delivered by Griffith University aims to develop advocacy and leadership skills, as well as examine the relationship between the two.


The unit focuses on these skills in the context of healthcare, social welfare, education and legal policies and practices, both nationally and internationally.


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Bachelor of Social Work

This online Bachelor of Social Work course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and will lay a solid foundation for your career as a social worker.


The program is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and will lay a solid foundation for you to launch your career as a social worker.


Charles Sturt University

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Community and Social Policy Course unit

The Community and Social Policy unit is designed to offer students a comprehensive understanding of social policy.


Delivered online through Murdoch University, it explores the various ways in which social issues make it onto the policy agenda.


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Community Work Practice Course unit

This unit in Community Work Practice is offered online by Griffith University, and is ideal for people pursuing a career in community or social work.


In the unit, students will learn about the central place of community in contemporary human services policy and practice.


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Contemporary Debates in Social Work Practice Course unit

Contemporary Debates in Social Work Practice is an online unit provided by Griffith University that explores current discourses within the field of social work. The unit enables students to actively engage in contemporary issues in social work, and encourages students to reflect upon their identity as a social work professional.



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Contemporary Issues for Children and Families Course unit

Gain an overview of the changing nature of children’s lives in Australia in this unit in Contemporary Issues for Children and Families, delivered online by Griffith University.


The unit explores the ways in which institutions, families and community settings intersect with children's provision, protection and participation rights.


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Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work Course unit

Griffith University’s Critical Reflective Practice in Social Work online unit gives you the tools to develop an analytical view of your own work.


You will study critical theory, thinking and reflection in order to maintain an introspective and critical gaze when practising social work.


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Developing Social Policy Course unit

Developing Social Policy is an online unit, provided by Macquarie University, that introduces and analyses the most important topics in social policy.


The unit will look at existing welfare models and how to classify a welfare state, focusing on policymaking internationally and within Australia.


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Disability: The Inclusion Project Course unit

The aim of this Disability: The Inclusion Project unit from Griffith University is to explore the various facets of effectively working with people with disabilities in a community services context.


By studying this online unit you will research the basic principles of human rights and social justice in order to better understand how to respond to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.


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Field Placement 1b Course unit

Field Placement 1b is an online unit offered by Griffith University that offers students of the Master of Social Work the opportunity to complete an extensive period of on-site practice in line with their previously acquired learning.


The unit focuses on developing the knowledge, attitude and analytical techniques needed to pursue a career as a social work practitioner.


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Field Placement 2b Course unit

Gain practical experience in social work during Field Placement 2b unit from Griffith University, and explore how your university based-learning can be applied in real-life.


You will spend 504 hours completing your supervised placement in an appropriate human services organisation.


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First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) Course unit

First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) is an online unit provided by Griffith University which critically explores the various factors that have influenced health and welfare policies for indigenous Australians.


In this unit you will analyse political, historical, social and institutional factors to critically reflect on current approaches to health policies.


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Foundations of Social Work Practice Course unit

Foundations of Social Work Practice is an online unit provided by Griffith University, which introduces you to the models, discourses, ethics, and practice of human services delivery.


This unit is designed to give you some contextual knowledge of the discipline of social work, including the Australian welfare system and human services industry.


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Health and Ageing Across the Lifespan Course unit

In this online postgraduate unit delivered by Griffith University, you will develop an understanding of ageing and the challenges it presents.


Through a range of assessment methods, you will demonstrate the ability to understand the complex links between health, lifestyle, community and ageing.


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Human Services: Law and Social Policy Course unit

Human Services: Law and Social Policy is an online unit offered by Griffith University that introduces you to the major institutions of Australian public policy and their roles and responsibilities.


The knowledge acquired in this unit will help students to develop skills in negotiating their roles as human services professionals across a range of policy and legislative domains.


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Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy Course unit

This online Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy unit introduces students to the various issues and challenges facing the human services sector.


Throughout the online Macquarie University unit you will learn about the meanings and characteristics of care, and will gain an understanding of the importance of research in developing this field.


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Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics Course unit

Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics is an online unit, provided by Griffith University, focusing on the ethical decision-making in an interprofessional setting.


Fundamentally, it teaches the principles of ethical theory and moral philosophy as they apply professionally within a human services context.


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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

This online Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) course will enable you to gain full accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).


The course includes 1000 hours of field education, meaning you'll walk away with the experience to immediately start work as a social worker.


Charles Sturt University

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Social Marketing: Applying Marketing for Social Change Course unit

This online unit in Social Marketing: Applying Marketing for Social Change from Griffith University examines a diverse range of social health, safety and environmental problems facing societies around the world.


The unit explains how many social problems, such as drinking, drugs, smoking and littering, are the result of behavioural choices people make in their everyday lives, and how finding solutions is a challenge for both governments and non-profit organisations.


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About Social Work

If you’re looking for a career where you can make a significant difference to people’s lives, then you can’t go past the sometimes demanding, yet incredibly rewarding, vocation of social work.

Social work can be as interesting, diverse and unpredictable as society itself. As a community worker you might advocate for immigrants and refugees or work to improve quality of life standards for remote Indigenous communities; as a counsellor you could help grieving families within hospitals or provide family counselling; and as a caseworker you might empower people with disabilities, assess and respond to risks for children or support people with substance addictions.

Each of these roles involves empathy, ethics and the ability to make some difficult decisions, but they also have positive social change as the reward, and not every career can boast that. Dorian Sarkissian, assistant policy officer for the Commission for Children and Young People, New South Wales, likes the unpredictability of the role:

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Looking for Social Work opportunities in Australia?

There are currently 20,369 Social Work job openings in Australia*. The average salary for a Social Work job in Australia is $54,166.

The Australian Government Department of Employment estimates a projected employment growth to 2018 of 229,400 jobs for the Social Work industry in Australia.

Gaining a Social Work qualification will significantly increase your career prospects for Social Work jobs in Australia. Studying an online course with an accredited Australian provider gives you the flexibility you need to study at your own pace.

Education in Australia

  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification: 29%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a cert III or higher VET qualification: 31%
  • The percentage of people employed in Australia without a post-school qualification: 36%

Employment in the Social Work industry in Australia

Australia has a population of 23,625,031, with a total of 11,645,500 people currently employed. The average job seeker age for Australia is 37 years and the current unemployment rate sits at 5.7%. Part-time workers make up 46% of the workforce in Australia.

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