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Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards

Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards 2012 (ASWEAS)

The Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) set out the principles, standards and graduate attributes for social work education in Australia. The standards are used as the criteria for the accreditation of a professional social work course with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

The AASW has recently completed a review of the standards and the new ASWEAS 2012 are now available:

ASWEAS 2012 v1.4

Guidelines 1.1 to 1.6 of the standards provide information for universities about implementing the ASWEAS 2012 in their BSW and MSW courses.


Guideline 1.1: Guidance on essential core curriculum content (Ref ASWEAS 3.3)

Guideline 1.2: Guidance on field education programs (Ref ASWEAS 3.4)

Guideline 1.3: Guidance on RPL, articulation and credit transfer (Ref ASWEAS 4.4)

Guideline 1.4: Guidance on organisational arrangements and governance of social work programs

Guideline 1.5: Guidance on reaccreditation reviews (Ref ASWEAS 6.1) with annual report template

Guideline 1.6: Guidance on new programs (Ref ASWEAS 6.2) with report templates

The documents below are for use by Higher Education Providers for accreditation review and annual reporting purposes.

Annual reporting template

Review report template

More information

For more information or enquiries about social work education please contact the National Education Officer at education@aasw.asn.au or phone 03 9320 1002.

Previous - AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards

Social work programs accredited under the previous ASWEAS 2008 (updated 2009, 2010, 2012) have until the date of their next review to meet the requirements of this policy if their next review is due after January 2014.

Click here for a copy of the previous ASWEAS 2008 (updated 2009, 2010, 2012).

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers