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Social Worker

An important and challenging role as an advocate for social justice and human rights.

What's it like to be a Social Worker?

Social Workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their wellbeing and address disadvantage and marginalisation.

Social Worker

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing clients’ needs and ensuring they have access to appropriate support services.
  • Providing practical support, counselling, information and emotional support to clients
  • Acting as an advocate for clients in situations where they may be experiencing inequality, injustice or discrimination.
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Social Workers play an important role in advocating for social justice, human rights, social change and development.

Social Workers may provide case management, counselling and advocacy to address issues at the personal and social level in a variety of settings including crisis support, child protection, aged care, disability, homelessness, drug and alcohol, healthcare, education or policy.

What can I earn as a Social Worker?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Social Worker is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Social Worker


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To work as a Social Worker in Australia, you need to complete a Bachelor of Social Work. The courses provide both theory and clinical social work experiences.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in social work. Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Social Work program.
  2. Apply to the professional representative body of social workers in Australia – the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  3. Social workers with several years’ experience can move into more specialised roles (such as family therapy, research or mental health), academia or transfer into policy and management.

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Bachelor of Social Work

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Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a Social Worker.

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How do Social Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 53 Social Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.0

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Aug 2019
Social work is highly demanding and challenging job but at the end of the day everything is worthy
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Social Work
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Homelessness
The good things
Opportunity to interact with Clients with various walk in life and working to achieve positive outcomes feels rewarding
The challenges
Safety issues High demanding situations Multi tasking Formal and informal decision making Emotional intelligence & self awareness should be implemented at all times
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Social work is the best. If your heart on it then do it
Reviewer's Qualification
BSW
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Child protection
The good things
Social work is what you make of it. I work with disadvantaged families, children and youth. I do a lot of home visits and case work. As a social worker, you have to make time for yourself and do somet...
The challenges
Social work is a rewarding career and requires dedication and a lot if time. Self care is really important and separating personal time and work time to avoid burn out. I have learnt to appreciare th...
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What are the job opportunities for Social Workers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
29.3%
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