How to become a Social Worker

Social workers help people to deal with personal and social problems, either directly or by planning or carrying out programmes that benefit groups or communities. They are interested in challenging the structural barriers that contribute to inequality, discrimination, exploitation and oppression within communities. Social workers can specialise in a range of different practice areas such as children and family, youth, violence and sexual assault, medical and health, child protection, income support, disability, education, aged care, correctional services, family law, youth justice, community legal, psychiatric and general mental health, refugees and migrants, and Indigenous communities. Within these different areas social workers can un

Personal requirements of a Social Worker

  • Emotional maturity
  • Keen analytical abilities
  • Able to view other people's problems objectively
  • Good organisational and communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Commitment to social justice

Education & Training for a Social Worker

To become a social worker you usually have to complete a degree in social work at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.3%

NSW 28.9%

NT 2%

QLD 14.9%

SA 9.5%

TAS 2.3%

VIC 28.2%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 16.8%

Female 83.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 62.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 19.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 39.1%

Above 35 years: 60.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Before undertaking professional placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
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