Community services Society, history and languages

Community services Society, history and languages

With a greater focus on support for the vulnerable and disadvantaged – as well as an ageing population – community and health services is the fastest-growing job sector in Australia.

At Macquarie, you’ll gain an interdisciplinary view of health, social policy, psychology and human services. You’ll graduate equipped to work in this exciting area and make a positive difference in the lives of others.


Community services careersThe past decade has seen substantial growth in the number of people employed in community service industries and this trend is predicted to continue.

Over the five years to November 2018, Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (up by 16.3%).  (Source: Employment Outlook to November 2018, Department of Employment).

Between 2000-01 and 2010-11, the number of people employed in community service industries grew 51% compared with 26% for all industries. There are now over half a million people working in community services in Australia. (Source: Australian Social Trends, Sep 2011, Australian Bureau of Statistics).  

Studies in community services will equip you for careers in the private, government, community and not-for-profit industry in areas such as:

  • Social planning and policy
  • Advocacy and welfare
  • Community services case worker
  • Disability and aged care
  • Health services policy and planning
  • International aid and development
  • Administration in health and community

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) is a program unique to Macquarie that takes you out of the lecture theatre and gives you the chance to gain relevant workplace experience in a professional or community setting.

Here our students gain practical experience evaluating Books in Homes' program in Maningrida primary school, in remote Northern Territory

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