Field education or work integrated learning (WIL) is an essential part of the Bachelor of Social Work.

It extends your professional knowledge by linking theory with real-life experience under the supervision of experienced social workers.

As of 2020, you may incur a placement fee if you don’t comply with minimum standards for external placements.

Field education overview

Consistent with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) requirements for social work field education programs, students complete two industry-based placements (1,000 hours total) in different human service agency settings during the course.

Your student placements are organised and allocated by the social work Field Education Coordinators and overseen by the Academic Leader.

Placements are generally located in and around Melbourne but there may be opportunities for exciting rural or interstate placements.

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Contact us

Jody Laughton, Field Education Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Linda Giddings, Field Education Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Vacant - Academic Leader, Field Education

Associate Professor Bernadette Saunders, Head of Social Work
Email: [email protected]

Placement partners

Organisations wishing to partner with VU for field education opportunities should contact a Field Education Coordinator.