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Social Work

Field Placement for Social Work comprises two placements each which combines­ a supervised Social Work practice placement and integrative academic study. Students are placed in organisational settings, where they practice and learn social work under the supervision of a qualified social worker.

Field Placement enables the student to build an understanding of a particular field of practice through a structured framework, organised and supported by placement and academic staff.

ECU’s Social Work placements meet the standards of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

For more information on the Bachelor of Social Work, please refer to the Course Handbook.

SWK3116 - Field Placement 1

The following units must be completed with a PASS or above grade before going on placement.

  • SWK3112 - Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills
  • SWK3110 - Organisational Contexts
  • SWK3113 - Social Work and Mental Health

SWK4116 - Field Placement 2

The following units must be completed with a PASS or above grade before going on placement.

  • SWK3116 - Field Placement 1
  • SWK4111 - Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions
  • SWK4106 - Social Policy or SWK4110 - Legal and Ethical Practice

Please be aware that you must be enrolled in the relevant field placement unit (SWK3116, SWK4116 or SWK5115) in order to partake in professional placement.

Before embarking on placement, students are also required to successfully apply for a:

  • Working With Children Check; and
  • National Police Check.

These and other related documents and information are available on the Essential Documents web page.


Students should be aware that placements require certain immunisations before commencement as outlined in the Field Placement Manual. All costs associated with immunisations are the responsibility of the student.

More information

For more information regarding placement, such as SONIA, Insurance, and Critical Incident Reporting, please see the Essential Documents web page.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns regarding social work field placement, please contact:

Social Work Field Education Office

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