Discipline Requirements

Social Work Placement Requirements


Any student who undertakes placement in a NSW Health facility or service is required to be verified with the ClinConnect system and provide evidence of compliance with screening and vaccination schedules.

Verification can take as long as 5 months so it's important to start early (verification dates example). Please see the Verification page for further information and instructions.

Download the Verification Checklist before your bulk compliance checking appointment to ensure you have all the correct documents.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to keep all of the originals of your verification documents even after being fully verified. You may be asked to present these prior commencing a placement in a NSW Health facility.

2019 Placement Dates

The estimated placement dates can be found below. All of these dates include the recommended break/recess periods. Please note you can only complete one placement per year. The undergraduate dates are based on doing the first placement in your third year and then the second placement in your fourth year. The postgraduate dates are based on doing the first placement in your first year and then the second placement in your second year.

Placement Days per Week Start Date End Date
Undergraduate First Placement 3 / 4 21 January 2019 / 21 January 2019 24 June 2019 / 20 May 2019
Undergraduate Second Placement 3 / 4 1 July 2019 / 1 July 2019 10 December 2019 / 30 October 2019
Postgraduate First Placement 3 / 4 20 May 2019 / 20 May 2019 29 October 2019 / 18 September 2019
Postgraduate Second Placement 3 / 4 14 October 2019 / 14 October 2019 25 March 2020 / 12 February 2020

Dress Requirements

Students will be required to dress according to the dress code at the agency they are placed. Students will have a pre placement interview with the agency and will determine the dress requirements at that time. It is not expected that students will need to purchase/dress in uniform. 

Student Placement Acknowledgement Form

The Student Placement Acknowledgement Form will be located in Sonia. More information on how to access Sonia and it's use will be advised in an information session at a later date.

Other Required Checks

Travel & Accommodation Requirements

The University will attempt to secure placement opportunities in various locations predominately throughout the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region. However, some placements may be located outside of this area and may result in students having to travel to places that are relatively distant from campus and their residences in order to benefit from a range of placement experiences. The recommended maximum travel time from a student’s place of residence to the placement agency should be no greater than one hour. The student’s learning needs and placement experience will take priority over the distance of the placement. The student is responsible for all costs associated with undertaking a field placement.

Grants and Scholarships

Currently we do not have any grants in the Social Work area. 

Students undertaking a remote field placement in Australia may be eligible to apply for a scholarship. Please see information on the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) website or Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) website.   

International Placement Opportunities

There may be opportunities to undertake a remote or overseas field placement in the final year of study. In these instances, the student must bear the travel, insurance, accommodation and all other costs involved. In order to undertake an overseas placement, the student will have to meet additional guidelines set by the University of Wollongong, host organisations and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The Field Education Coordinator can provide further information of the particular criteria for remote and overseas field placements as required. 

Inherent Requirements

Students must have the capacity to actively engage in the learning and supervisory process whilst on their field education placement. Students must abide by the policies and procedures of the field education agency and act in a professional manner at all times.


  • What if I have previous experience in the Social Work industry? 
    There is the possibility of being assessed for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for the first field placement or part there of. UOW is guided by the AASW guidelines in relation to RPL assessment. 
  • How long is a field placement?
    Social Work placements are for a minimum of 500 hours (per placement) and are usually completed within a 17 week block. You will be required to undertake two placements (in difference practice fields) in order to satisfy your degree requirements.
  • Will I get paid for my placement?
    Being paid for a field education placement is not the standard practice. 
  • Where can I do my placement?
    Placements are usually undertaken in settings such as community service organisations, health, mental health, research projects, youth, children and family services, aged care and occasionally education providers.
  • Do I need to find my own placement?
    No. The placements are sourced by our Field Education Coordinator. You will consulted prior to allocation.

Other FAQ's

Last reviewed: 19 December, 2018