The best social work unis in Australia for 2017 are

  1. Curtin University
  2. Edith Cowan University
  3. Charles Darwin University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • graduate satisfaction with social work courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Social Work includes: Social Work, Children’s Services, Youth Work, Care for the Aged, Care for the Disabled, Counselling and Welfare Studies.

Curtin University

The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin tops the subject rankings for Social Work in 2017.

The School is quite small but is at the top for student course rating (96% satisfaction) and pay outcomes ($57,457 indicative starting salary).

Edith Cowan University

The Social Work program at ECU (Bunbury Campus) is ranked second in Australia.

The School is rated highly by students (92% satisfaction) and there is little unemployment among graduates.

Charles Darwin University

The School of Health at CDU is ranked in the top 3 in Australia for Social Work.

Employment rates for CDU social work graduates are very high.

Overall Social Work Rankings

Updated: 24 October 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys. Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

Student Course Satisfaction

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by combined satisfaction of students and graduates, with an adjustment for lower average satisfaction rates for current students. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates and potential incomes of students doing postgraduate courses.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.