Social Work, Community and Human Services

Alice Gainger video

Watch Alice Gainger talk about how studying at RMIT gave her the skills to help the disadvantaged.

Social work, community and human services professions incorporate a number of different activities all of which seek to redress social inequality and injustice.

While some help formulate and implement social policies, participate in social research, manage programs or assist community groups to develop services, others provide personal services to individuals, families and small groups. These services include counselling, conflict management and crisis work.

We are particularly concerned with the experience of marginalisation, poverty and oppression and seek to understand how social divisions such as class, gender, cultural diversity, sexual preference, mental health, ability and disability and age influence the experiences of people.

Our programs are designed with partner organisations to enhance the effectiveness of learning for individuals and employers, and to provide for life-long learning as new training needs are identified.

Got a question? Current students of RMIT Social Work programs can fill out the Social Work enquiry form.


Deepashree Shah

Deepashree Shah

Master of Social Work student

‘As an international student, I had no idea which university I should study social work at. After talking with colleagues and doing some research, it was clear that RMIT was the best choice. With great elective courses, work placement opportunities at renowned organisations, and wonderful support from the teachers, I feel confident pursuing my dream job at the Department of Human Services.’

40 years of Social Work at RMIT

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