The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has a number of field work courses which are offered as part of the Bachelor of Social Work, the Master of Counselling, and the Master of Social Work Studies programs.

About the Field Education Unit

The School's Field Education Unit is responsible for organising and matching students with practical placements. The Unit strives to provide the necessary balance between support and challenge in order to maximise a student’s learning opportunities whilst on field placement.

The Field Education Unit is available for the duration of a student’s program, for consultation and assistance regarding placement and field education issues.

Field education online database

The Field Education Unit utilises an online database for the organisation and assessment of student placements.

Students are provided with internet portals that enable them to have easy access to information about the agency that they are placed with and evaluation forms to be used to assess the students’ progression on placement.

Students will be provided with a username and password during the placement organisation process.

Hours of placement

Undergraduate Social Work

First placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)
Second placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)

Masters of Social Work Studies

32 Unit Course first placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)

  • Field Placement 1 - SWSP7155. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement July 11, 2016 (note that this is two weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 11, 2016.

32 Unit Course second placement 500 hours (18 weeks, 4 days per week)

  • Field Placement 2 - SWSP7266. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement July 11, 2016 (note that this is two weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 11, 2016.

24 Unit Course first and only placement 600 hours (21 weeks, 4 days per week)

  • Field Placement 1 - SWSP7366. Attend compulsory Pre-Placement Workshop July 8, 2016. Commence placement June 27, 2016 (note that this is four weeks before semester starts). Complete placement November 18, 2016.

Masters of Counselling (TBA)

Field Placement Manuals

Fact sheets for placement

Placement opportunities

Below are some of the areas where social work and human services placements can be taken:

  • Aged
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Child Safety
  • Community Mental Health
  • Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Corrections
  • Defence Forces (limited opportunities in this category)
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Family and Children
  • Hospitals - Other
  • Housing
  • Income Security
  • Indigenous
  • International (second placement students only who meet eligible criteria)
  • Legal
  • Local Government
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural
  • Policy & Research
  • Prisoners (limited opportunities in this category)
  • Queensland Health (limited options for Human Services placements)
  • Rural and Remote (second placement students only)
  • Women's Issues
  • Youth
  • Youth Justice

Deferring placement

If you wish to defer, or have deferred placement, please ensure that you contact the Field Education Unit at the start of the semester before you intend to go on placement.

Blue Card and Immunisations

Please see the Social Work and Human Services Student Users' Guides for information about the Blue Card and Hepatitis B immunisations requirements.

Rural, Remote, Interstate and International Placements

There are opportunities for students to complete their final placement in a rural/remote area, in another state of Australia, or even in another country. An application needs to be lodged with the Field Education Unit around the time that students are being interviewed for placements in the following semester. Emails will be sent out to all relevant students at this time, setting out the steps to take. Lodging an application does not guarantee that you will be accepted for a rural, remote, interstate or international placement. Certain travel requirements must be completed well in advance of the placement commencing. Information about travel insurance is available at: FBS Travel Insurance webpage.

A UQ Travel Notification Form (spreadsheet) needs to be completed before travel to a rural, remote, interstate or international placement commences. This spreadsheet (first link below) needs to be emailed to fielded@uq.edu.au.

International placements also require a Travel Checklist (Student Placement International Travel Acknowledgement form), which can be downloaded from the second link below and lodged with the Field Education Unit once filled out and signed by the student.

Policies, Procedures and Forms:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Placement in Workplace

Enquiries to:

If you would like to make an enquiry please email fielded@uq.edu.au or call (07) 3365 2462.