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What will I learn?

Social workers are committed to equality, human rights and social change. They work with individuals, groups and communities to address barriers that impact people’s quality of life, promote positive relationships, and advocate for human rights and social change at the societal, individual, policy and legislative level.

This course gives you the skills you need to work in these areas. You will study in-depth human behaviour and complex social processes; and draw on knowledge from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, politics, philosophy, health and economics, to learn how people engage with one another, their communities and society.

You will develop the skills and values necessary to counsel individuals and groups, and to work competently with children, young people, adults, the elderly and people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this accredited course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the WA Society of Professional Social Workers, and the International Federation of Social Workers, and may work in many countries.

Career information


Community cultural development officer
Community liaison officer
Community support worker
Mental health worker
Outreach worker
Social worker
Welfare case worker.


Advocacy and legal support
Community corrections and juvenile justice
Disability and rehabilitation
International development and assistance
Services for the aging
Services for migrants and refugees
Working with Indigenous communities.

What you'll learn

  • Develop, integrate and apply social work values, knowledge, principles of social work; provide assessment and intervention appropriate to practice context
  • To critically and reflectively analyse issues; generate creative and sustainable solutions across a diversity of contexts
  • Locate, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources, in enacting in social work practice
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of media relevant to the audience and in keeping with ethical principles
  • Use appropriate technologies to locate and evaluate information, undertake research, and communicate within and beyond the discipline of Social Work
  • Sustain intellectual curiosity by using a range of learning strategies, including professional supervision
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between local and global issues, considering multiple perspectives; apply national and international professional standards
  • Value and respect the knowledge of Indigenous Australians; demonstrate cultural competencies and inclusive practices; demonstrate commitment to social justice including human rights
  • Work effectively and creatively within a variety of practice settings; provide accountable and responsive leadership; demonstrate professional behaviour consistent with social work values, principles, ethics and practice standards

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,600.00 (19,91,295) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $148,400

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

10 July 2022

More details

Start date

27 February 2023


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) - Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 58; Overall band score – 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; Overall score 169; C2 Proficiency (CPE) - 190 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; Overall score 176. Better in the American College Test (ACT).

For international students

Completion of Australian Year 12 (VCE, HSC, QCE, WACE, SACE, TCE, NTCE, ACT) or equivalent; and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 7.0; Overall band score 7.0; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Curtin University

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

  • Top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2019)
  • Partnerships with 130+ education institutions worldwide
  • A truly global university, with international campuses
  • Offers a range of internationally recognised courses