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Why is Australia the preferred destination for international students keen to study Social Work?

Australia is one of the top destinations for international students seeking quality education. Home to world-class universities sited annually by world university rankings. So why study social work in Australia? The land down under is amongst the most progressive nations promoting social justice and human rights and the career opportunities are diverse making it attractive to students to pursue their Social work qualification here. Furthermore, social work courses are constantly updated and under supervision from respective professional agencies ensuring their relevance and competitiveness.

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Diploma of Community Services

A Diploma of Community Services will help you gain the skills you need to have a rewarding career supporting and empowering people to bring positive change to their lives and communities. It leads to a pathway to become a Social Worker, which has a PR Pathway.

Course duration: 2 years

Requirements:

  • Academic: Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS 5.5 (No band less than 5.0) or equivalent*

*Some universities may require a higher or lower score

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Bachelor of Social Work

A Bachelor of Social Work will help you start a career as a social worker upon graduation. The AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers) is the skill assessment authority for social workers looking to apply for an Australian migration visa. Thus, students must make sure that their course is accredited by AASW to have a positive skill assessment for migration purposes.

Course duration: 4 years

Requirements:

  • Academic: Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS 6.0 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent*

*Some universities may require a higher or lower score

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Master of Social Work

A Master of Social Work will help you gain knowledge and skills to start a career as a social worker in Australia. The AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers) is the skill assessment authority for social workers looking to apply for an Australian migration visa. Thus, students must make sure that their course is accredited by AASW to have a positive skill assessment for migration purposes.

Course duration: 2 years

Requirements:

  • Academic: Completion of relevant Bachelor’s degree
  • English: Academic IELTS 6.5 (No band less than 6.0) or equivalent*

*Some universities may require a higher or lower score

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Visa Requirement

Here are some of the requirements in securing student visa.

  • a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
  • offer letter from the selected university/institution
  • evidence of access to sufficient funds*
  • evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists
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PR Pathway

As of November 2018, Social Worker is in the following list for PR:

  • Medium to Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • RSMS Occupations List (RSMSL)

To apply for a Permanent Residency visa, a Bachelor or Master of Social Work graduate will need a positive skills assessment from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the governing body of social workers.

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Frequently asked questions
about studying Social Work in Australia

Social work as a profession is broad and diverse. Social workers work closely with people to advise, support and advocate people with personal and/or social problems. They also help with community and social issues. Social workers are involved in the betterment and well-being of children, youth, families, socially disadvantaged individuals, and affected communities.

In the draft definition by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the social work profession facilitates social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.

Depending on previous studies and experiences, students could be eligible for credit towards the chosen programme*. This will avoid taking the same unit or similar qualifications already taken from previous studies. It will help minimise the cost of the course, help students focus on other units and shorten the course duration, allowing more time for practical training.

Students of Social Work depending on their study goals, are able to design the pathway depending on their academic achievements. AECC Global Consultants are committed to outline your pathway and allow you to progress to another courses or benefit from the previous course. These can include diplomas, degrees, certificates and related courses.

Upon completion of the course, international students are able to launch their career right away through the Temporary Graduate visa*. It is designed to provide graduates pathway from study to industry relevant employment in Australia, which will count towards Permanent Residency.

Graduates are able to apply for Temporary Graduate visa*. Temporary Graduate visa holders are able to study, stay and work in Australia temporarily after the completion of the studies, depending on qualifications, for eighteen (18) months to two (2) years. An opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences which may be countered towards Permanent Residency.

Graduates of approved courses are eligible for full accreditation and membership with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). AASW is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia responsible for promoting and regulating the profession.

With a projected job growth of 22.5% till 2022, graduates of Social Work can take advantage of plentiful job availability. Career prospective in the field are increasing because of the rapid increase in social issues such as aged care, domestic violence, crisis support, mental health, drug or alcohol addiction, disability, violence preventions or community development. Depending on specialisation, graduates may find employment in government agencies, international organisations, non-government organisations, charities, law firms, community services, education institutions and hospitals.

Graduates of Social Work are able to apply for Temporary Graduate visa*. Temporary Graduate visa holders are able to study, stay and work in Australia temporarily after the completion of the studies, depending on qualifications, for eighteen (18) months to two (2) years. An opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences which may be counted towards Permanent Residency. High demand for Social Work graduates can be seen in the occupations listed consistently in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. Sample of which are Welfare Centre Manager, Welfare Worker, Social Worker and Community Worker. As most visa types, an assessment procedure by a recognised authority is required as part of the visa application for work sponsorship or for migration purpose such as Permanent Residency.

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