Social Work and Human Services

Social Work and Human Services programs have been delivered at RMIT for 50 years. Staff are engaged and passionate educators, practitioners and researchers across youth work, social work, social science and psychology. We are committed to transforming lives and creating lasting social change, working closely with service users, families and carers, communities, industry partners and other key stakeholders.

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Welcome to Social Work and Human Services

“Our teaching team are well connected to industry partners and you'll find passionate dedicated and caring educators across all of our programs that put student needs at the centre of their teaching and are deeply concerned about student belonging and wellbeing”.

Robyn Martin
Associate Dean, Social Work and Human Services

Our programs include

Research

The Social Work and Human Services team comprises researchers with a range of experience and interests. The team centres and values lived experience and expertise, drawing on critical, collaborative, participatory and emancipatory methods.

We have a strong commitment to partner with service users, their supporters and families and our industry partners, ensuring our research creates impact for end-users. Our contract research work covers areas such as housing and homelessness, gendered violence, primary prevention for young culturally diverse people, disability, family support, mental distress, family and carer lived experience and employment services. This work is underpinned by conceptual and theoretical work in ethics, policy and practice. 


Industry

We work with industry partners in work integrated learning, teaching and research.  Our approach is based on reciprocity, ensuring our activities are relevant and contemporary and creating new knowledge and evidence for social work and human services policy and practice.

The three social work programs are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies’ application for accreditation is currently under review with Youth Workers Australia.

We have many industry partners across a broad range of sites of practice. Details of our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) partners can be found by clicking below:

Other key partners include:

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  • Good Shepherd ANZ who strive for dignity and social justice for women, girls and families through global collaboration and local action. Through people-centred holistic services, research and advocacy, they enable a broader ecology of support. RMIT Social Work and Human Services has a longstanding partnership with Good Shepherd ANZ through work integrated learning and co-designed research projects.

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  • YWCA Australia and Social Work and Human Services at RMIT have a shared commitment to better understand and address women’s homelessness. Through research and other activities, they work together to highlight women’s experiences, ensuring participatory approaches are used to ensure women are heard and respected.

Focus areas

Social Work

Do you want to work with people?  Are you passionate about human rights, reconciliation and social justice?

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Postgraduate

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Research

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Youth Work and Youth Studies

Are you passionate about improving young people’s lives? Do you want the opportunity to do this in direct practice and policy roles?

Study with us

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Program

Postgraduate

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Research

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Social Science (Psychology)

Do you want to learn more about human experience and behaviour? Are you interested in working in mental health, human services or becoming a psychologist?

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Explore the complexities of mind and behaviour

Get a glimpse of how RMIT prepares the next generation of psychology professionals to help people with their mental health and well-being.

Study with us

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Postgraduate

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Research

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Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Field education forms a core component of the Social Work and Human Services degrees. You will spend time working in human and community service organisations across many fields of practice. 

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Social Work - Introduction to placements

This video gives students a sense of what is involved in the placements required in the Bachelor and Master of Social Work courses.

Study with us

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Program

Postgraduate

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Research

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Meet our students

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Rebecca Paterson - Master of Social Work

"RMIT was much more preferable for me in terms of what kind of placements were available. What I really liked was that teachers had experience in the field that wasn’t too long ago and so they still understood what it meant to be a social worker as well as an academic."

Student Daniel Gondinez

Daniel Godinez Lambert - Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies

"My biggest highlight from studying youth work was the opportunity to complete a student placement within the program. Through the student placement, I was able to put my learning into practice."
Hitaishi Verma - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Hitaishi Verma - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

"I am studying this course because I have always wanted to help people and understand them. Because of RMIT, I am now a member of the ARCVic team, which conducts the helplines and CARES4ME programs. This highlight has allowed me to begin my journey to become a psychologist."
Akshay Jose - Bachelor of Social Work

Akshay Jose - Bachelor of Social Work

"Studying Social Work at RMIT as an International Student has enabled me to view social justice, and Issues affecting our society from and critical lens and drives me to influence change in my daily work and personal life. I am fortunate that I was able to have academics who can have open discussions about social justice and how we can better support our community."

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Contact

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Address: 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Location: Building 8, Level 10
Hours:
 Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm
Phone: +61 3 9925 2328
Email address: guss.reception@rmit.edu.au

Postal address

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne, Victoria - 3001

Current student enquiries

RMIT Connect Student Portal

Phone: Call +61 3 9925 5000 and select the option to 'Speak to your School' then 'College of Design and Social Context'.
Operating hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Thurs, 10am-5pm Friday excluding public holidays.

Research

Centre for Urban Research: cur@rmit.edu.au
Social Equity Research Centre: serc@rmit.edu.au

 

People

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is led by a team of professionals with knowledge and experience across their fields, including sustainability, language studies, justice, and social work, and more.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.