Social work

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships, and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance wellbeing.

ACU offers a four-year Bachelor of Social Work with an embedded honours program, as well as a postgraduate Master of Social Work.

Why study social work at ACU?

Social work at ACU is based on quality teaching in highly supportive learning environments.

The University’s commitment to social justice is strongly reflected in the social work learning environment, and there is an emphasis on applying knowledge and theory in practice across a wide range of health and human services agencies.

Both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Professional recognition

Course information

ACU social work programs place emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community.

ACU produces social work graduates who:

  • practice with courage, compassion, creativity and integrity
  • have a strong sense of professional identity as social workers
  • are dedicated to social justice and human rights
  • have a strong ethical base for practice
  • engage proactively with uncertainty to create opportunities for social change.

ACU graduates are regarded by employers as ready to begin social work practice in a variety of areas such as community development, group work, family work, case management and individual casework, administration, policy analysis and development, research, social action, and program planning.

Social workers may also specialise in different areas of practice, such as:

  • Family work
  • Youth and child welfare services
  • Medical and health services
  • Disability services
  • Psychiatric and general mental health services
  • Community services
  • Aged care
  • Income support
  • Mediation
  • Research