About us

Welcome from the Head of Monash Social Work

Welcome to Social Work at Monash.

If you are interested in a career helping people through some of life’s greatest personal and social challenges, you are in the right place.

We are one of the top universities in Australia and the Department of Social Work offers training at an international level of excellence. As a student, you will open doors to sectors as diverse as health, family violence, mental health, disability, child protection, justice, housing, education, and substance use– all of which have been identified as key areas of need in the workforce.

We are one of the first accredited Social Work departments to offer our course to domestic students off-campus through our highly developed distance learning program. This gives you the opportunity to study in a more flexible way, and features the same high level of engagement and interaction with staff and other students.

We have outstanding educational support for our international students.

Please explore our website to learn more about our program, staff and research.

Professor Aron Shlonsky
Head of Monash Social Work

Mission statement

Grounded in social work values, and in partnership with communities, we prepare and inspire work-ready graduates who are evidence-informed, critical thinkers. They have a commitment to lifelong learning and are equipped with strong practice skills that promote positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Our high-quality social and health research advances the discipline, promotes social justice and improves social work education.