Interested in Social Work?

Our social work degrees provide you with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and equip you with the skills needed to work in a diverse range of fields in social work and human services.

Practical learning is a major focus of these degrees and you will practise hands-on skills in our innovative custom-built Social Work and Human Services Studio. Using recording equipment and cameras, you will be able to review your work and learn from your experiences.

Industry placements will also provide valuable practical experience and learning opportunities where you will benefit from the close supervision of experienced practitioners and regular support from the University.

Key features

  • Join the No. 1 university in SA for graduate careers in Social Work1, and teaching quality in Social Work2.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work3.
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative, state-of-the-art Social Work and Human Services Studio.
  • Gain practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international industry placements totalling 1,000 hours.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 (Undergraduate & Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Why UniSA?

  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.
  • You will have access to the latest technologies and learn in state-of-the-art facilities and teaching spaces.
  • We’ve had 100% of our research rated at or above world-class2, and this excellence shines through our teaching. Our people are inspired by challenges and opportunities. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real-world projects.
  • You will gain real-world experience prior to graduation with local, rural and international industry placements.
  • Access hands-on learning opportunities and connect with industry professionals right from day one.
  • Explore our wide range of grants and scholarships to support your studies.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at UniSA.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings. Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.  22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research. 

UniSA offers the following Social Work degrees

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World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

As the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

The employment opportunities for social work graduates are excellent, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Social work graduates have a range of fields of practice open to them including:

  • Homelessness
  • Correctional services and juvenile justice
  • Child protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Aged care
  • Health
  • Mental health
  • Leadership and Management
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Schools
  • Disability
  • Policy, project work and research
  • Community work

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA- founded universities only.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • Department of Child Protection – SA Government
  • SA Health
  • Centacare

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

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Hear from Christina as she shares her experiences studying at UniSA and her journey as a Bachelor of Social Work student.

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What others are saying

"I like that this degree is comprehensive - we’re not just studying about helping people with their social functioning but also about social policies, issues and the implications they might have. It encourages us to put our critical lenses on, which I think is really important."

Rubina Chitrakar

Master of Social Work
Community Rehabilitation Support Worker, Neami National

Rubina Chitrakar

Rubina Chitrakar

Master of Social Work
Community Rehabilitation Support Worker, Neami National

I like the amount of opportunities I have to do meaningful, extra-curricular activities internationally. I have participated in the Hawke Ambassador Program, giving me the opportunity to volunteer for six months with World Vision in Brazil, and I was selected as a Global Voices delegate, allowing me to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. 

Kyle Reeve

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Public Servant, Commonwealth Treasury

Kyle Reeves

Kyle Reeve

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Public Servant, Commonwealth Treasury

"After working in the human services sector, I knew I wanted to become a social worker. The highlights of my time at UniSA include the flexible learning options, interactive workshops and my overseas study in Canada."

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work
Family Practitioner, Department of Human Services SA

Christina Handley

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work
Family Practitioner, Department of Human Services SA

“Further study qualified me to work in an allied health professional stream in government – it helped to diversify my career options and I’m so glad I did it. My role is focused on working with young offenders and their families to try and reduce offending behaviour, and includes making home visits, attending court and writing court reports. I enjoy helping young people strive to make positive choices, which can have significant long-term outcomes.”

Steven Goss

Master of Social Work
Case Manager – Youth Justice (Social Work), Department of Human Services

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Steven Goss

Master of Social Work
Case Manager – Youth Justice (Social Work), Department of Human Services

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017