Studying Social Work in Australia – AASW collaboration

Choosing the right course

When choosing your course, it is vital that you choose one that is recognised and accredited. The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is responsible for accrediting university degrees in social work. The AASW is a body nominated by members, Universities and Higher Education Providers and the broader professional community, to set and maintain standards of professional conduct for social workers educated and/or seeking to work in Australia.
The Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) set out the principles, standards and graduate attributes for social work education in Australia. The standards are used as the criteria for the accreditation of a professional social work course with the AASW.
By studying an accredited program, students are eligible for student membership
of the AASW. Once graduated from an accredited program, students will be
eligible for full membership including the new graduate membership category.

Career Prospects

A career in social work can be extremely rewarding, with opportunities to change

lives on individual and systemic levels.
These are just some of the fields you
could go into with a social work degree from Australia:
  • Mental health
  • Child protection
  • Family violence
  • Education settings
  • Hospital settings
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Refugees and asylum seekers