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Study Social Work

Study Social Work

  • Professionally accredited courses
  • Scholarship opportunities available
  • Learn to empower & advocate for others
  • Make real-world societal changes




Are you passionate about the welfare of others, and want to seize opportunities to make a genuine difference in your community? Study social work to equip yourself with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to help those in need.

Social workers often become involved to support challenging situations and facilitate referrals to relevant services. They work in a broad range of public and private situations and may work in health centres, hospitals, aged care facilities, correctional institutions, government departments.

Potential Career and Salary

Social work careers have a strong outlook, with job prospects estimated to increase from 32,900 in 2018 to 35,500 this year. This demand is huge, with Australia expected to reach 49,300 social workers by 2026 (Job Outlook).

From child and family services to working within Government agencies, the career possibilities are endless when you study social work. Find out about typical occupations and salaries below, based on industry data.
Job Title/Average Salary Job Title/Average Salary
Case Manager: $75,000- $85,000^ Community Worker: $67,503*
Corrections and Justice Officer: $65,000- $80,000^ Family Service Worker: $100,000*
Mental Health Support: $60,000- $75,000^ Social Worker: $80,000- $95,000^
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Sectors to work in

  • Child and Family Services
  • Hospitals and Healthcare
  • Criminal Justice
  • Large and Small NGOs
  • Community Services
  • Aged Care and Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Local, State and Federal Government Agencies

Data Sources For Indicated Salaries (sourced January 2023)

* Talent           ^ Seek           ~ Indeed           _ SalaryExpert

Flexible study modes

At ACAP we provide you with a range of flexible study choices including on campus and online study with the option to study full-time or part-time, depending on your chosen course. Whether you are combining your study with a full-time job, trying to balance your family life or hoping to further your education, we can help you reach your career goals.

  • On Campus

    Attend classes for a rewarding, interactive hands-on experience at one of our 6 campuses.

  • Online

    Study anywhere, anytime with our online classes including discussion forums.

  • Blended learning

    A combination of live classes and online learning for freedom and practical experience.

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As an international student, I was overwhelmed when I first started at ACAP but the support from staff made the academic journey comfortable. The practical learning environment with continuous support has unquestionably made me well equipped to develop my career in social work. Kalpana, Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
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The reason why I picked ACAP was because I wanted to get hands-on experience in Case Management. I was even lucky enough to be offered a job as a Case Manager for a high-profile not-for-profit organisation, only 6 months into studying at ACAP. Raxana, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
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You can be yourself

At ACAP, we promote a college culture where every voice is heard and respected, where you have freedom from discrimination and harassment, and feel supported, valued and included.

We particularly welcome students:
• of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
• with a disability, or ongoing medical or mental health condition
• from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• of diverse genders and sexualities
• from low socio-economic backgrounds.

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We'll help you succeed

Our deep understanding of human behaviour is reflected in the way you study with us. Smaller, interactive classes help you excel, while our supportive study environment ensures you feel comfortable contributing your thoughts and ideas. ACAP is where your passion for learning is mirrored by our passion for experiential teaching, and where we give you the encouragement and one-on-one support to help you thrive.

We’re outcomes-focused, meaning it’s not just about what you learn while you’re with us, but what you’re capable of when you graduate. Our practical approach provides hours of real-world interaction, insight, and professional connections. You'll graduate with practical skills, enhanced confidence, and contemporary expertise that is industry-recognised and highly sought-after.

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We'll support you with funding options

Your fees may vary depending on your enrolment. Whether you're a self-funded domestic student, using a FEE-HELP loan or an international student, we have options to meet your needs.

  • Pay Upfront: Pay your tuition fees up front by direct debit, BPAY or credit card every trimester.
  • FEE-HELP: A Commonwealth Government loan to help pay for all or part of your higher education course fees.

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