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Social work graduate resources and programs

Graduate welcome message

Watch AASW National President Professor Karen Healy's message to graduates.

Finding your first job and thriving in it

This is a series of videos developed by the AASW's Victorian Branch, that discusses how to search for your first social work job, planning for the interview process, choosing and approaching referees, what happens in the interview and maintaining self care in the workplace.

A practical guide for students and graduating practitioners

This Handbook is intended for Social Work students and new graduates of Australia. Provided within this handbook are documents which provide an overview of the student / employment transition process of those who are entering Social Work. The Handbook then progresses readers through the key tasks involved in preparation for professional employment and information on how to manage self-care along the way. In the final chapters this Handbook provides information on accessing the Australian Social Work job market.

Social work programs

MSW (Qualifying)

Individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree with at least one year of study in social sciences are able to apply to study a Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree. The universities listed below offer MSW (Q) degrees, in either on-campus or off-campus (distance) modes of delivery, and often at multiple campuses. Check the individual university sites for full details.

  • Australian Catholic University (NSW, QLD, ACT)
  • Charles Sturt University (NSW)
  • Flinders University (SA)
  • Griffith University (QLD)
  • James Cook University (QLD)
  • Monash University (VIC)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QLD)
  • RMIT University (VIC)
  • Southern Cross University (QLD)
  • University of Melbourne (VIC)
  • University of New England (NSW)
  • University of Queensland (QLD)
  • University of South Australia (SA)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (QLD)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)
  • University of Tasmania (TAS)
  • University of Western Australia (WA)


Advanced practice MSW

If you are already a qualified social worker and you’d like to undertake further study to attain a higher degree, there are a number of Australian universities that offer advanced MSW programs.

These include:

  • Flinders University SA
  • Monash University VIC
  • University of Melbourne VIC
  • Charles Sturt University NSW
  • University of Tasmania TAS

PhD in social work

Most universities in Australia offer Doctorate programs that allow you to pursue your interests through research in the social work field. Check the university sites for further information about PhD options.

* This information is subject to change; it is recommended that you check with the relevant university to confirm details about courses you are interested in pursuing.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers