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

Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.

Relevant postgraduate courses include:

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Social Worker