Where social workers work

Social workers contribute to the greater social good across a range of sectors and work with people of all ages. They work in hospitals, schools, federal and state government departments, non-government organisations, community services and in private practice.

Fields of social work practice can include:

  • mental health
  • health
  • disability
  • child protection
  • family support
  • schools and education
  • domestic and family violence
  • addiction 
  • gambling
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • sexual violence
  • academia
  • housing and homelessness
  • income support
  • leadership and management
  • refugee and asylum seeker advocacy
  • veterans’ affairs
  • palliative care
  • social injustice and discrimination


Use AASW’s Find a Social Worker tool to locate a social worker with the skills and experience to support your needs.