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Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards

Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) 2012

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 is currently reviewing the ASWEAS and anticipates completion of this review and a new version of the standards in early 2017. Until , such time the 2012 ASWEAS and associated guidelines apply to entry level social work education in Australia.

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

Guideline 1.2: Guidance on field education programs

Guideline 1.3: Guidance on RPL, articulation and credit transfer

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

Guideline 1.5: Guidance on reaccreditation reviews

Guideline 1.6: Guidance on new programs

Higher Education Providers template for accreditation review and annual reporting purposes.

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Annual reporting template

Review submission template effective May 2015

AASW Accreditation Panel review report template

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Final report template of the HEP Accreditation Review Panel effective May 2015

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