Switch to Social Work recruitment commences

14 September 2023
Switch to Social Work is a new way to qualify for social work, with a two-year program that combines study, training and paid work in the Child and Family Services sector.

By helping with the cost of study towards a Master of Social Work (Child and Family Practice), this program makes it easier for those interested in a career change to begin work in children and family services. The program offers generous supports including paid work during study and a scholarship that covers all tuition costs.

Switch to Social Work is a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, community services organisations and La Trobe University.


The program provides participants with:

  • full tuition fee scholarship
  • a cost-of-living allowance in the first year
  • expanded workplace training opportunities with intensive industry supervision
  • access to industry networks and industry mentors
  • industry-standard wage in the second year with a paid internship in a community service-organisation
  • tailored support while studying.


Switch to Social Work is also looking for child and family service organisations to host Switch to Social Work participants.

Benefits for participating organisations include:

  • financial supports including a 25 per cent wage subsidy for participating students within your organisation
  • targeted supervisor training reflecting evidence based best practice
  • access to a cohort of students with diverse skills and experiences, motivated to build their careers in child and family services.

For more information about the program visit the Switch to Social Work website.