Course Description

The Bachelor of Social Work provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. In particular, students will gain practical skills to work effectively and safely with communities in situations where resources are limited due to geographic location (remoteness), social circumstances, emergency situations or regional disaster.

Themes running through the course include multi-disciplinary practice, cross cultural practice and working in virtual contexts. Students will exit the four year program with eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and with practical skills based on the entry/application requirements of organisations a diverse range of human services including child protection, income support, community health, community development, counselling, youth work, mental health, hospital social work, school counsellor (NT) and corrections.


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Starting dates

February, July, November

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 77.8% (national average 70.7%)
Improved skills: 84.4% (national average 86.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 93.3% (national average 86.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Charles Darwin University (CDU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Charles Darwin University (CDU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 89.4% (national average 69.8%)
Studying full time: 7.8% (national average 10.6%)
Median full time salary: $64,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Code: BSW