This information has been developed to assist both field educators and students involved in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.

Professional Experience Unit

Professional Experience in Social Work

This information has been developed to assist both field educators and students involved in their third and final years of a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

During the four years of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program students undertake two 70 day field placements under the supervision of qualified social workers. In agencies where no qualified social worker is employed it is possible for an external social worker to be recruited to provide the required supervision for the placement to meet eligibility requirements laid down by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).


Student placement information


Placement requirements

In order for students to attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility or other NSW service or facility, they must meet the following criteria... see placement requirements.


Interstate placements

Students who have permission to undertake professional experience placements outside of New South Wales will need to meet that State's relevant compliance requirements. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet all State specific compliance requirements. Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs.

incurred for the interstate placement including but not limited to, any transport, airfares, accommodation and living costs.


International placements

Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs incurred for the international placement including but not limited to, any transport, airfares, accommodation and living costs.

Students who wish to apply to undertake their professional experience placement outside of Australia should download the International Placements – Student Guide (PDF, 31KB) and use this as a step by step guide to the International placement process.

Please note: Requests to travel to High Risk Countries will usually not be approved. A high risk country is any country to which the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advisories warn travellers to "reconsider" or "advise not to" travel to. Refer to smartraveller.gov.au for up to date travel ratings.