Social work

If social work is your calling, you’ll get the chance to empower people to better their lives, promote social change, and improve their relationships.

Develop your ability to create possibility

A degree that belongs on your bucket list

Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As a student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects.

International community engagement or internship
Overseas study tour
Semester abroad
Short exchange

Meet our people

Emily Vellar
Social work student

“I am very appreciative of ACU’s placement services. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a hospital placement in mental health where I will be able to put theory into practice and determine which particular field of mental health I’d like to work in.

Many of the people social workers are involved with are not always able to speak for themselves. I hope to give a voice to those people in need.”

Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake
Deputy Head of School, Allied Health and Associate Discipline Lead, Social Work

Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake is a recognised expert in the areas of social policy, mental health, disability, children’s wellbeing, homelessness, and housing pathways. Associate Professor Drake is an experienced chief investigator with extensive expertise in qualitative and mixed methods projects. She has twenty years practice experience spanning a variety of roles and practice settings including community and public sector management, strategic policy and reform, direct practice and oversight.