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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 practice hands-on skills in our innovative custom-built Social Work Studios. Using recording equipment and cameras, you will be able to review your work and learn from your experiences. Work 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

  • Build your practical skills in our innovative, state-of-the-art Social Work Studios.
  • Gain practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international work placements. 
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1
  • Undertake supervised field placements totalling 1,000 hours.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business. We are number one in South Australia for research in psychology and social work1, and you will gain real-world experience prior to graduation with local, rural and international field placements. 

You’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our academics have a very practical approach to learning, and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces such as our Social Work Studios.

We’re Australia’s youngest university to receive five stars in research2 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.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22017 QS Stars Ratings

UniSA offers 10 Social Work degrees

Choose your level of study

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

The employment opportunities for social work graduates are excellent and the demand for graduates in Australia is high1, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • social worker: work with individuals, families and groups; social workers have a broad understanding of the systems and community factors that influence the needs and conditions of clients
  • aged care worker: provide personal, physical and emotional support to older people who need assistance with everyday living
  • correctional services officer: aid in the rehabilitation and counselling of offenders
  • counsellor: work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems 
  • domestic violence victim services officer: counsel, investigate and report on incidences of domestic violence 
  • disability services officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • social planner: a pivotal role in creating liveable, sustainable communities; social planners create strategic policy to meet the needs and wants of communities 

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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By 2020, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 23.2 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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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

Rubina Chitrakar

Rubina Chitrakar

Master of Social Work

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 Reeves 

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

Kyle Reeves

Kyle Reeves 

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

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

Christina Handley

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work

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.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

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

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