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.

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.

For detailed information on the placement process, download the Social Work Field Education Manual.

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

Contact us

Lesley Ervin, Field Education Coordinator
Email: sw.placements@vu.edu.au

Jody Laughton, Field Education Coordinator
Email: sw.placements@vu.edu.au

Dr. Tina Kostecki, Academic Leader
Email: tina.kostecki@vu.edu.au

Associate Professor Annie Venville, Head of Social Work
Email: annie.venville@vu.edu.au

Placement partners

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