Field education

Field education is at the heart of social work and community welfare education. It's also a core component of Australian undergraduate and postgraduate social work and community welfare degrees here at Southern Cross University.

Industry standards and compliance

Our field education policies and procedures are underpinned by industry standards outlined here.

Social Work

Practice Standards for field education in social work are established by the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers). Please refer to AASW website for more information.

Community Welfare

Practice Standards for field education in community welfare are established by ACWA (Australian Community Workers Association). Please refer to the ACWA website for more information.

Field placements

Field placements are structured learning experiences where a student is placed in an agency or community organisation working on particular tasks under the supervision of a social worker.

As a condition of any type of field placement, you are required to provide evidence of your compliance and health protection before participating in any of these activities.

Student compliance

We encourage Bachelor of Community Welfare and Master of Social Work students to familiarise themselves with this important information.

  • Student compliance is a mandatory, legislative and regulatory requirement
  • To be able to attend field placement, you must be compliant
  • You must meet the requirements of both Southern Cross University and the external organisation. This will ensure the safety of yourself and others.


SONIA is the professional placement database for students. This is where you will upload your compliance documents. It’s also where you can view your placement allocations.

View the list of Pre-Placement Compliance Requirements.

Travel and other costs

Students are responsible for any accommodation and travel costs associated with field experience activities. Here are some useful links and information.

Other policies and guidelines


Contact us

The Field Education Team in the School of Arts and Social Sciences is here to help you in preparation for and during your field experience.

Email the Field Education Team. Or call Field Education Team, via the Hub at the Gold Coast campus, on +61 7 5589 3001.