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There are many challenging and fascinating career pathways for professionally qualified social workers. After they have completed the accredited social work university education, social workers may go on to undertake 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. They are also concerned with the wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and communities and always work with people in the context of their physical, cultural, social and structural environments.

Where are social workers employed?

Social workers are employed in a range of government, non-government and community agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, early intervention and child protection programs, family support services, schools, employment services, mental health services, justice, housing, disability and aged care services. An increasing number of social workers are also now working as private practitioners.

Many social workers who work privately in clinical roles apply for accreditation as an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW). This means that they are eligible to provide psychological services through some government assisted programs, including Medicare.

Scope of Social Work Practice

We have developed a series of documents titled The Scope of Social Work Practice. Each document focuses on a particular field of practice or skill and highlights and promotes the significant role and contribution of the social work profession. Together they are part of our National Scope of Social Work strategy.

Access Scope of Social Work Practice documents
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers