Study Community Welfare

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Be the change you want to see

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). 

Apply now to start studying in July and join a university that’s transforming tomorrow. 

“Support for mental health and well-being are increasingly important in today's society.”

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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 with 400-hours of supervised on-the-job training (Bachelor of Community Welfare)

Jobs growth

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

A better way to learn

We’re always looking for a better way to do things. That’s why we’re delivering our courses in six-week terms.

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