The social work profession is committed to maximising the well-being of individuals and society. It considers that individual and societal well being is underpinned by socially inclusive communities which emphasise principles of social justice and respect for human dignity and human rights, including the right to freedom from intimidation and terror in society. Minimum standards of human rights include also the right to adequate housing, income, employment, education and health care.
Role of Social Workers
Qualified social workers pursue a great range of roles in casework, counselling, advocacy and community engagement. Social workers provide clinical and case management services directly to individuals, couples, families, and groups, dealing with a range of challenges including poverty, physical and mental health issues, addiction, and family problems. Some social workers work for government and non-government agencies, including hospitals, community health services and schools, aid advocacy bodies, detention centers and local councils.
Studying social work
The standard of social work education is set by the Australian Social Work Accreditation Standards (AASW).
Bachelor program duration: 4 years
Master program duration: 2 years
-Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
-Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Social Work (Psychology)
-Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (International Relations)
-Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
General Eligibility Criteria for Social Work program:
1. Bachelor program
Prerequisites: Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 70% average
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- PTE (A): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
2. Master program
Prerequisites: You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline which includes at least one year of full time studies in social sciences (or equivalent). Relevant studies include health and human behavior. Preference may be given to applicants with relevant work experience.
English language requirements
-IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 7.0)
-TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 100 (with minimum of 24 in all sections)
-PTE (A): minimum score of 65(with no communication band less than 65)
Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Social Workers is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover. Employment for this occupation rose very strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose very strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Social Workers to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly. Pay by Experience for a Social Worker has a positive trend.
An entry-level Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 annually.