Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Community Welfare

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

The Bachelor of Community Welfare provides you with the theoretical and practical foundations for work in the human services sector. You will gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, and grief and loss counselling. Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for community welfare practice. Core units focus on counselling, case management, mental health, human services, research, youth work, disability and community development. Elective units also provide opportunity for you to pursue other areas of interest. We'll harness your empathy and enhance your communication skills with a view to delivering great outcomes across community welfare practice. You will also gain on-the-job experience through extensive placements, working with individuals and organisations that share your commitment and are working to improve people's lives.


Must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising: 20 core units (240 credit points), and 4 university wide elective units (48 credit points)


  • Counselling
  • Case management
  • Mental health
  • Human services
  • Research
  • Youth work
  • Disability
  • Development

Standard entry requirements

Australian Year 12


The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.

Study pathways

The course articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to the University's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Gold Coast International: $92,496
  • ATAR: 60
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Online campus International: $88,080
  • ATAR: 60
  • Online/Off-campus : 3 years

Further information

Graduates may typically find employment as welfare and community workers in a wide range of jobs in the community services sector. These include government and non-government positions in fields such as child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

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