Study Community Welfare

Roles in community welfare provide essential and often critical services. The need for care spans every sector of society – children, youth and families; people with a disability; Indigenous communities; people battling addiction or mental health problems; the unemployed; the elderly and infirm; people facing housing and other challenges. 

With our Bachelor of Community Welfare, you’ll become job-ready for roles in government and non-government organisations, gaining skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, grief and loss counselling. Particular emphasis is paid to social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice. This will help to harness your empathy and enhance your communication skills towards positive outcomes. 

This degree is also enhanced by articulation from a range of VET awards, accreditation by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training, plus a pathway to our Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying). 

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Why choose Community Welfare with Southern Cross?

Professional recognition

Professional recognition by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) for Bachelor of Community Welfare

Graduate job-ready

Students graduate having completed 400-hours of supervised on-the-job training

Jobs growth

Graduates have the opportunity to enter a sector in which demand for professional services and qualified care is growing

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