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.
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.
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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How to become a Social Worker
- Complete a bachelor degree in social work. Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Social Work program.
- Apply to the professional representative body of social workers in Australia – the Australian Association of Social Workers.
- 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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