Bachelor of Social Work

If you’re interested in human rights, social justice, and changing lives for the better, then you should consider social work. As a social worker you will improve individual and community wellbeing by addressing challenges such as inequality, discrimination, violence and other types of harassment.

If you’re keen to gain a competitive edge or start on the path to a career in academia, an embedded honours program is available from third year for high-achieving students.


Why study a Bachelor of Social Work at ACU?


Practical experience

Gain 1,000 hours of field education during your degree.


Accredited degree

Accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.


Strong job outcomes

ACU is first in Australia for graduate employment1.


Respected by employers

ACU is first in Australia for graduate employer satisfaction2.

Build a career helping others

By studying social work, you’ll be gaining the skills to help people make a positive difference in their lives. You’ll also be joining a growing industry, with very strong job growth predicted over the next five years3. Plus, ACU graduates get jobs and are well regarded by employers. In Australia, we’re first for graduate employment1 and for employer satisfaction3.


Career outlook

5 years of very strong predicted job growth for social workers3

You could be a…

  • Hospital social worker
  • Child and family caseworker
  • Mental health worker
  • Disability social worker
  • Community worker
  • Social policy analyst
  • Disaster response social worker
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Domestic violence advocate
  • Youth justice social worker
  • Aged services coordinator
  • Migration support officer
  • Student and family counsellor
Why study IT at ACU?

Find your place in a place that cares.

We care about you

Join a supportive environment with a range of student services where you’re encouraged to thrive.

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Study abroad

We’ve got more than 200 partners on six continents, community engagement opportunities around the globe, and a campus in Rome, Italy.

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Get a scholarship

We offer nearly 400 scholarship opportunities for new and current students to help you during your studies.

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Find a pathway

We have a range of admissions pathways to help you into your dream course.

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“I chose social work because it’s my passion to support and empower young people to achieve their full potential in life.”

Bachelor of Social Work

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  1. Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal 2020, full-time employment
  2. Undergraduate cohort, Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019
  3. Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business data

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