Fields of practice

A degree in social work is the typical tertiary qualification for work in Australia as a social worker, where, depending on the field of practice chosen, graduates may find employment as in management, education, research, policy development, politics and community planning.

Social workers are found in hospitals; women's refuges; city councils; employment, youth, disability and mental-health services; and justice, housing and welfare departments.

The following is a list of the major fields of practice available to graduates.


aged care

child protection

disability services

family counselling

income support


medical and health care

mental-health care