Social Worker

Help people manage personal and social problems, either directly or through programs that benefit groups or communities.

Social Worker

Social Worker

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a social worker:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master Social Work to qualify as a social worker.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Social workers:

  • counsel individuals through a crisis that may be due to death, illness, relationship breakdown or other reasons
  • provide clients with information on services to assist them
  • provide letters of referral or reports that will help clients to obtain other services such as crisis accommodation or social security benefits
  • guide small groups of people to share their experiences, support each other and learn social skills
  • help community groups to plan and carry out programs to help themselves (for example, assisting newly arrived immigrants to form an association)
  • research community problems, needs and solutions through client contact and records of welfare and health agencies
  • analyse statistics and write reports
  • develop policy and evaluate programs
  • manage and train staff; attend professional meetings
  • lobby to change social welfare policies and procedures in the pursuit of social justice for all members of the community

As a social worker you could be employed in a variety of health fields and also in state, territory and federal government departments, in hospitals, community health centres, local government authorities or non-government welfare agencies.

With broad academic and practical training, qualified social workers may also work in non-social work areas as project officers, policy makers or administrators.

 

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a social worker:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master Social Work to qualify as a social worker.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Social workers:

  • counsel individuals through a crisis that may be due to death, illness, relationship breakdown or other reasons
  • provide clients with information on services to assist them
  • provide letters of referral or reports that will help clients to obtain other services such as crisis accommodation or social security benefits
  • guide small groups of people to share their experiences, support each other and learn social skills
  • help community groups to plan and carry out programs to help themselves (for example, assisting newly arrived immigrants to form an association)
  • research community problems, needs and solutions through client contact and records of welfare and health agencies
  • analyse statistics and write reports
  • develop policy and evaluate programs
  • manage and train staff; attend professional meetings
  • lobby to change social welfare policies and procedures in the pursuit of social justice for all members of the community

As a social worker you could be employed in a variety of health fields and also in state, territory and federal government departments, in hospitals, community health centres, local government authorities or non-government welfare agencies.

With broad academic and practical training, qualified social workers may also work in non-social work areas as project officers, policy makers or administrators.

 

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Social Worker

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Social Worker

Course work courses to pursue this career
Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.

Relevant postgraduate courses include:

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Social Worker

Research courses to pursue this career
Further study options include: