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

RankUniversitySize*SatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1Curtin University17196%$57,457200
2Edith Cowan University28292%$52,778158
3Charles Darwin University12787%$53,836143
4Deakin University20393%$45,158126
5University of New South Wales25387%$48,438117
6Griffith University40490%$44,715113
7Charles Sturt University77480%$52,199106
8Western Sydney University46286%$45,01297
9James Cook University20485%$46,13297
10RMIT University27087%$43,46393
11University of Southern Queensland25787%$43,52091
12CQUniversity19681%$48,06088
13University of Sydney19284%$45,04087
14Southern Cross University17482%$45,91183
15University of the Sunshine Coast20690%$38,16480
16University of Newcastle24089%$38,66780
17University of South Australia47083%$42,51771
18Flinders University33981%$44,55970
19Queensland University of Technology28484%$40,66269
20Australian Catholic University35284%$40,58967
21University of Queensland19987%$36,47761
22La Trobe University41978%$43,83257
23Monash University31073%$47,58153

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

RankUniversityGraduatesStudentsOverall
1Curtin University100%92%96%
2University of Notre Dame Australia89%95%93%
3Deakin University90%91%93%
4Edith Cowan University91%88%92%
5Griffith University85%91%90%
6University of the Sunshine Coast84%91%90%
7University of Newcastle91%84%89%
8Murdoch University89%89%
9Swinburne University of Technology85%88%
10University of Queensland89%84%87%
11Charles Darwin University88%84%87%
12RMIT University86%84%87%
13University of New South Wales95%80%87%
14University of Southern Queensland95%81%87%
15Western Sydney University95%78%86%
16James Cook University81%84%85%
17Queensland University of Technology92%78%84%
18Australian Catholic University86%80%84%
19University of Sydney86%80%84%
20University of South Australia88%78%83%
21Victoria University83%80%83%
22Southern Cross University83%79%82%
23University of Wollongong79%82%
24CQUniversity85%76%81%
25Federation University Australia78%81%
26Flinders University80%78%81%
27Charles Sturt University81%77%80%
28La Trobe University76%77%78%
29University of New England83%72%77%
30University of Tasmania94%67%76%
31Monash University85%64%73%

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

RankUniversityEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1Curtin University87%0%13%$57,457
2Charles Darwin University82%4%13%$53,836
3Edith Cowan University68%16%16%$52,778
4Charles Sturt University79%4%17%$52,199
5University of New South Wales80%2%18%$48,438
6CQUniversity55%30%15%$48,060
7Monash University70%6%23%$47,581
8James Cook University69%5%25%$46,132
9Southern Cross University64%7%29%$45,911
10Deakin University65%8%28%$45,158
11University of Sydney67%7%25%$45,040
12Western Sydney University56%14%30%$45,012
13Griffith University70%6%24%$44,715
14Flinders University61%11%28%$44,559
15La Trobe University54%28%18%$43,832
16University of Southern Queensland62%16%22%$43,520
17RMIT University65%9%26%$43,463
18University of South Australia64%8%28%$42,517
19Queensland University of Technology60%5%35%$40,662
20Australian Catholic University60%11%29%$40,589
21University of Newcastle51%10%39%$38,667
22University of the Sunshine Coast58%3%38%$38,164
23University of Queensland52%6%42%$36,477

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.