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There are many options in Australia for studying social work. Entry level courses are offered as Bachelor and Masters degrees. All students undertake at least 1000 hours of field education as part of their training, working in agencies and organisations that deliver social work services to clients. During this time they develop skills in a range of fields and engage in the application of academic learning in practice environments.

Once qualified, social workers have a range of employment pathways to pursue. They include roles in casework, counselling, advocacy, community engagement and social action to assist people at both the personal and social level. Social workers also contribute to policy development, education and research, particularly on issues of social justice, disadvantage and marginalisation.

As well as working in a range of government, non-government and community agencies, an increasing number of social workers work as private practitioners..

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers