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Help improve the social, economic and personal wellbeing of our communities

Human services professionals help people improve their social, economic, personal and communal wellbeing.

Due to a number of factors such as an ageing population, Australia's growing migration intake, the increasing needs of families a diverse population, the current and future demand for trained professionals in this field is high and growing. Due to new funding initiatives, the disability sector workforce is expected to double in the next few years and qualified human services workers will be well positioned to fill this requirement. You can become a professional in these fields within two or three years of full time study.

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Study human services at Griffith

Gain a deeper understanding of how to help the community

At Griffith, you'll learn about human services in a personal atmosphere from expert teachers with strong links to the health sector, government and community and get to apply classroom learnings through hands-on practice placements. More reasons to study human services at Griffith:

  1. Gain the skills employers want: Our degree is developed in consultation with industry and professional organisations that work on the frontline of human services.
  2. More diverse career options: A human services degree sets you up to work in the areas of community development, disability, mental health and wellbeing, juvenile justice, social support services for women, children, young people, older people, refugee and migrant resettlement, rehabilitation services, policy and program development, and more.
  3. Future-proof your career: Current research shows the Community Services sector will continue to grow, with ongoing and increased demand for skilled practitioners.*
  4. Hands-on experience: With 52 days of practical work placement, you’ll have invaluable insight and exposure to the profession.
  5. Get credit for your VET qualifications, with the chance to start in the second year of the degree.
  6. Choose to study on campus or online, full-time or part-time, and start in Trimester 1 or 2 to suit your needs.
  7. Fast track your degree: accelerated pathways are available to complete the Bachelor of Human Services in a shorter time frame (2 - 2.5 years full-time)
  8. Be a remarkable graduate: At Griffith, we help students realise their full potential and become accomplished and influential contributors to their chosen field. We’ll help you become effective communicators and collaborators; innovative and creative; socially responsible and engaged in your communities; culturally capable when working with First Australians; and effective in culturally diverse and international environments.

* Deloitte Access Economics (2016) Forecasting the Future Community Services in Queensland 2025. Community Services Industry Alliance and Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Tammie Usher

Griffith Human Services Graduate

A lifelong ambition was realised for Tammie Usher when she travelled to Bangalore as part of a Griffith University study trip involving human services and social work students. The Gateway to India project focused on social justice and community development in some of the city's poorest areas. 'I've come to university wanting a better life for me and my family. I've always had that passion for a better life, but now I want a career, not just a job. I know I'm on the right track.' Everybody has a right to be somebody. Everybody has a right to go somewhere in life.

Tammie Usher

Scholarships

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Career outcomes

Jobs await in a variety of public and private sector areas

Our graduates enter the workforce as in-demand professionals with the vision and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities

There's a wide range of fulfilling careers open to you in human services, including:

  • Working with children and seniors
  • Working with people with disabilities, and from different cultures
  • Working in community and government agencies
  • Working in rural and urban settings
  • Community centres
  • Family support
  • Mental health services/support worker
  • Policy development and research
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Welfare and community planning
  • Women's services and youth work
  • Employment consultancy
  • Human resources

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Friday 20 May — Saturday 21 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit us at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo and explore the different degrees and careers options at Griffith.

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Monday 23 May — Monday 23 May

Responsible Business and Government Leaders of the Future

This Griffith Business School event sees Year 10 and 11 students undertake a series of workshops regarding business leadership, entrepreneurship, and business design.

Wednesday 25 May — Wednesday 25 May

Responsible Business and Government Leaders of the Future

This Griffith Business School event sees Year 10 and 11 students undertake a series of workshops regarding business leadership, entrepreneurship, and business design.

Tuesday 31 May — Tuesday 31 May

Tertiary Education Experience (Student Disability and Accessibility)

This on-campus day is designed for students with a disability to undertake careers workshops and discover how to prepare for university.

Thursday 2 June — Thursday 2 June

Application Support Webinar

Have you got questions about your university application? Join our Application Support Webinar to get tips from expert advisers and to talk to current students.

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Sunday 12 June — Sunday 12 June

Griffith University’s Creative Arts Open Day

Join us as Griffith’s South Bank precinct showcases the immense talents and state-of-the-art facilities of the Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School through hands-on workshops with real students and artists.

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Monday 13 June — Tuesday 14 June

Griffith Science and Engineering Challenge

Year 10 students will have the unique opportunity to experience a side of science and engineering they may not have encountered before.

Thursday 16 June — Friday 17 June

Griffith Science and Engineering Challenge

Year 10 students will have the unique opportunity to experience a side of science and engineering they may not have encountered before.

Thursday 23 June — Friday 24 June

Women in STEM

This event is designed for girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 looking to expand their interest in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Monday 27 June — Thursday 30 June

Performing Arts workshops - Winter School

The Performing Arts department of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Winter School and Audition Workshops for both Acting and Musical Theatre participants.

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Monday 27 June — Friday 1 July

Griffith Film School Experience Week

Tailored to current Year 11 and 12 students, participants complete a piece of work for their creative portfolio while experiencing what it’s like to study at the Griffith Film School.

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Monday 4 July — Thursday 7 July

Performing Arts workshops - Auditions

The Performing Arts department of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Winter School and Audition Workshops for both Acting and Musical Theatre participants.

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Tuesday 5 July — Tuesday 5 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Wednesday 6 July — Wednesday 6 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Thursday 7 July — Thursday 7 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 8 July — Friday 8 July

Year 11 and 12 Experience Days

Griffith’s Experience Days events will offer high school students the opportunity to come on campus and immerse themselves in their specific study area of interest for the day.

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Friday 15 July — Sunday 17 July

Melbourne Careers Expo

Join us at the Melbourne Careers Expo to get the information you need about our degrees and explore a variety of career options.

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Saturday 16 July — Sunday 17 July

TSXPO

Talk to Griffith’s academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admissions pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services.

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Tuesday 19 July — Tuesday 19 July

Sunshine Coast Careers Expo

Explore your career options and a variety of degrees at the Griffith University booth at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Careers Expo.

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Tuesday 26 July — Tuesday 26 July

IGNITE Youth Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University booth and discover our wide range of degrees, pathway options, and learn more about studying at Griffith.

Monday 1 August — Monday 1 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Whether you’re a high school student, parent, mature or postgraduate student, join us at this expo to explore the different career and degree options available at Griffith.

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Sunday 14 August — Sunday 14 August

Griffith University’s Open Day

Spanning across Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, Open Day will showcase our world-class facilities, unique student life, and give you direct access to students and academics.

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Thursday 18 August — Thursday 18 August

Parent and Student Information Webinar - Years 9 and 10

This informative online webinar offers Year 9 and 10 high school students and their parents the opportunity to get personalised study and subject selection advice.

Tuesday 27 September — Thursday 29 September

Experience Days – Years 9 and 10

High school students will have the opportunity to come on campus and get a real feel for what it’s like to study in that field at Griffith.

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