Inherent Requirements


The statements below specify the course requirements of the Bachelor of Social Work for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a social worker are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to client safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. The inherent requirements outlined below should be read in conjunction with other course information, the Australian Association of Social Workers Education and Accreditation Standards and the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand a little about what it is like to complete Bachelor of Social Work. Further information about the course is available in the course guide and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there. You may undertake electives from other disciplines, including from the disciplines of counselling and psychological sciences, as part of this course. Electives from other disciplines may have different inherent requirements, and so you may find it helpful to review those when selecting appropriate electives.

What about when I finish my course?

Successfully completing the Bachelor of Social Work provides you with an entry-level qualification in social work that is the basis for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers and enables you to apply for social work positions in a range of employment pathways including casework, counselling, advocacy and community engagement. If you are undertaking this course in order to complete subsequent higher education study it is important to ensure that you are also familiar with the inherent requirements of those courses. As you commence your studies you may also find it helpful to familiarise yourself with any requirements to work in a professional capacity as a social worker to assess your capacity to meet the inherent requirements of such a role following graduation.

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Social Work. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Relational skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Sustainable performance

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