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Social Work

Social Work

Make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

Are you intrigued by the human mind?

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Social Work at ACAP

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 knowledge to help those in need. With ACAP’s social work courses, you can pursue a career in mental health, community welfare, women and migrant services, and corrections and justice.

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 growth over the next 5 years estimated to grow 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. ACAP’s social work courses can lead you to various fulfilling career paths. From the justice system to mental health, the possibilities are endless with a qualification in social work. Find out about typical occupations and salaries below, based on industry data.

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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

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    Government bodies (Local, State and Federal)
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    Large and small NGOs
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    Community services
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    Hospitals
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    Criminal justice system
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    Faith-based agencies
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    Aged care
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    Mental Health
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    International 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 you can be yourself. 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 understanding of human behaviour is reflected in the way you study with us. Smaller, interactive classes help you excel. ACAP is a place where we know you by name and you’re not shy to speak up and discuss ideas, role-play and support peers. It's a place where your passion for learning is mirrored equally by our passion for experiential teaching, and where we give you the encouragement and one-on-one support to help you learn and grow.

We’re outcomes-focused, meaning it’s not just about what you learn when you’re with us, but what you’re capable of when you graduate. Our practical approach arms you with hours of real-world interaction and insight, and professional connections. You'll graduate with applied skills, hands-on 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.

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

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