Associate Lecturer, Social Work Practice, School of Social Sciences

Sydney, Australia
$103,304 to $124,808 per annum
21 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Academic Level A
  • Ongoing positions
  • 2x Full-Time appointments
  • Liverpool Campus

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located in the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing, economically significant region. The University has 12 campuses, more than 200,000 alumni, almost 50,000 students and approximately 3,500 staff.

Our Schools teach an array of programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry and society and the University is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, with over 85 per cent of its assessed research rated at ‘World Standard’ or above. In 2022 and 2023, the University was placed 1st worldwide and in Australia for its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.

Our Strategic Plan stipulates that, starting in Western Sydney, our students will succeed, our research will have impact and our communities will thrive through our commitment to excellence, sustainability, equity, transformation and connectedness.

The mission is driven by four strong values:

  1. Boldness
  2. Integrity
  3. Fairness
  4. Excellence

Opportunity to be part of a sector leading program

Western Sydney University has established a sector-leading program to strengthen career pathways for casual academic staff by creating the equivalent of 150 full time positions by 1 March 2025. The WSU decasualisation program will play a significant role in reducing the level of insecure work in the Australian higher education sector.

With this in mind, the University is looking to recruit candidates it can invest in and develop over the long term, including training over the confirmation period to support candidates to retain stable, ongoing employment. On that basis, the University is looking for candidates who have full time working rights until at least 1 March 2025, in place at the time of application.

Successful candidates will undertake teaching, while also having the opportunity to develop a research portfolio and contribute to the University through governance activities at the School and/or University level. 


Successful candidates will be subject to a two-year confirmation period and must provide evidence at the time of application that they:

  • have been engaged as a casual academic for at least 2 teaching sessions within the previous 2 years at an Australian Higher Education institution; and
  • hold or have submitted all requirements for a PhD or other relevant Level 10 AQF qualification; and
  • have not previously held an ongoing position with an Australian Higher Education provider in the previous 3 years; and
  • are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or have full time working rights until at least 1 March 2025, in place at the time of application.

School of School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including research programs that combine advanced academic knowledge with real-life training to suit a range of career needs and interests in the following disciplines; Geography and Urban Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology, Policing, Cyber Security, Humanitarian and Development Studies, Social Work, Heritage and Tourism, Counselling and Art Therapy. The School offers a vast array of professional accredited programs across campuses in Penrith, Liverpool and Parramatta. The School is committed to the provision of high quality, flexible education. It supports students to maximise their success, promote human rights and expand global reach and reputation. The School and the University has an important role working with Greater Western Sydney communities to ensure the region plays its part in the national and international community. As an institution which is globally relevant, the School strives to offer students life-enhancing international experiences and contribute to and recognise the value of the diversity and multicultural richness of the local communities of Greater Western Sydney.

The Role

Join us as an Associate Lecturer in Social Work Practice at Western Sydney University, a pioneering institution committed to your growth and development. We offer an opportunity to transition from casual academic roles to a position that values your expertise and offers a clear pathway for advancement. As an Associate Lecturer, you'll have the chance to:

  • Shape Future Minds: Contribute to innovative teaching methods and foster student success through dynamic classroom experiences.
  • Bridge Theory and Practice: Lead experiential learning activities, integrate fieldwork simulations, and nurture skills for real-world social work practice.
  • Collaborate and Grow: Engage with our vibrant community, strengthen industry partnerships, and make a lasting impact in social work.

Elevate your career with us. Discover a supportive environment that recognises your dedication and empowers your academic journey.

A substantial part of the role involves teaching, including the development, design and delivery of innovative and engaging teaching materials. You will also be allocated time to develop your research portfolio and have the opportunity to be mentored in your research by Senior academic staff within the University. In addition, you will be expected to participate in administrative and governance related activities.

To be successful in the role, you will need to demonstrate excellence in teaching and a high level of energy and commitment to further developing a research profile that is fresh and relevant to the particular discipline. 

This is a full-time, ongoing appointment commencing in 2024.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A $103,304 to $124,808 per annum (comprising Salary of $87,293 to $105,464 per annum, plus Superannuation and Leave Loading, plus 3.35% increase due October 2023).

Position Enquiries: Please contact the Recruitment Team via

Closing Date: 8:30 pm, Wednesday 4 October 2023.

Working Rights in Australia – Eligibility: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Please note:

  • You MUST use the attached CV/Resume template with your application.
  • Interviews are likely to be scheduled between Wednesday 18 and Friday 27 October 2023.

Information on the Academic Decasualisation program and preparing for interviews is available via the following link: Academic Decasualisation Program

How to Apply

Please use the following link to be directed to Western Sydney University’s website, to submit your application:

In addition to your resume and cover letter, you are required to address the selection criteria in your application.

Only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.