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
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.
Student's who have permission to undertake their professional experience placement 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.
Students who have permission to undertake their professional experience placement in an international setting will need to ensure they can meet any Country specific compliance requirement/s. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet all Country specific requirements. 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 undertaking an International placement should read the following:
- UON Travel Policy
- UON Travel Insurance Information
- Student Personal Accident Insurance Information
- Managing Health and Safety Risks
- Global Assistance Program
- FAQ's - Risk Assessment Process - International Travel
IMPORTANT: To meet UON Travel Policy requirements, students must register their placement travel details into SOS Personal Travel Locator (PTL) (International SOS) prior to leaving Australia. Contact the Professional Experience Unit firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance.
Please note: Requests to travel to High Risk Countries require an additional layer of UON risk assessment approval. Students should be aware that applications to High Risk Countries may 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.