Graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work

Course overview

  • / 1 year part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January, Term 2 Intake - April, Term 3 Intake - July, and Term 4 Intake - October


The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work provides advanced skills relevant to social work practice and social policy, and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector.

This course develops your leadership skills and connections in the community and health and services sector, and equips you to make a profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society.

Who is this course for?

This course is for qualified social workers at varying stages of their careers, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their careers or move into a new field of professional practice.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course is designed to prepare social workers for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health and human services sector. By undertaking this course, you will push the boundaries of knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice and then respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. You will develop a deep understanding of knowledge, policy and research as it relates your practice, and learn from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, ageing, social policy, policy evaluation and leadership.

Further study

Graduates may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs, including the Master of Advanced Social Work. You may also be interested in the following:

If you’re not a qualified social worker, but you have an undergraduate degree in a field related to health and human services, you may be interested in one of our Health and Human Services courses.