social & community work

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work professionals help those in need, whether they are dealing with mental health problems, substance abuse or other issues.

Courses in social work and community services are generally taken as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Each program provides students with skills in social advocacy.

Bachelor's programs can lead to work in non-clinical social work positions, while master's programs prepare students to get licensed as clinical social or community workers.

Here is a brief of Social & Community Work courses offered in Australia.

 

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CLIENT REVIEWS

ANZSCO Code: 272511 – Social Workers

What Do Social Workers Do?
  • Assess the social needs of individuals, families and groups
  • Assist and empower people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems, and further human wellbeing and human rights, social justice and social development
  • Assesses the social needs of individuals, families and groups, assists and empowers people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems, and furthers human wellbeing and human rights, social justice and social development

 

Tasks Include
  • Acting as a facilitator between clients in need and community services
  • Assessing resources for health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment and other community services
  • Providing leadership and assistance for the implementation of pilot projects in community development and self-help, and planning and implementing research projects to address client needs, organisation goals and social policy
  • Cooperating with community organisations, social agencies and voluntary groups to improve services and develop new services
  • Conducting individual and family case interviews to identify the nature and extent of clients' problems
  • Assisting clients to understand and resolve problems by providing information, acting as a mediator and referring them to community and self-help agencies
  • Analysing, developing, promoting and implementing social policies through the use of practice experience, research, analytic frameworks, and negotiation skills to respond to social need through a fair, equitable and effective allocation of social resources
  • Monitoring the progress of clients by maintaining contact
  • Compiling case records and reports

 

Visa Options for Immigration Per MLTSSL
  • 186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
  • 189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189) - Points-Tested
  • 190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)
  • 407 - Training visa (subclass 407)
  • 485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) - Graduate Work
  • 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - Family nominated
  • 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) - State or Territory nominated
  • 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) – Medium Term Stream
  • 187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

 

Occupations Include
  • 272511 Social Worker

 

Specialisations Include
  • Whanau Support Worker (Family Support Worker) (NZ)

QUALIFICATIONS OFFERED

  • Bachelor's of Social Work (3-Year Program)
  • Master's of Social Work (2-Year Program)
  • Diploma of Community Services (1-Year Program)
  • Bachelor's of Community Services (3-Year Program)
  • Master's of Community Services (2-Year Program)

ELIGIBILITY

  • Completed Year 12 or equivalent

ENGLISH ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

PATHWAY TO AUSTRALIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCY

Due to the huge demand of social work graduates, the course of social work in Australia has been listed in medium to long term strategic skill list by DIBP, Australia. These occupations listed in Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) may qualify for sponsorship and migration purposes. Some of the job titles of social work graduates are Welfare Worker, Social Worker and Community Worker, etc.

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