What We Do
Achieving Registration for Australian Social Workers
IT'S TIME AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Attaining registration of the Social Work profession is a key goal of the AASW and is something that you as our members have asked us to pursue so please join with us as we take the next steps to achieving this important goal. Following the significant work by the National Registration Committee to position us, Kandie Allen-Kelly has been contracted by the board to lead our campaign. She will be keeping members apprised of new information and engaged via regular e-bulletins over the next three months.
- Registration FAQ's
Registration is a means of enforcing safe and competent practice and to protect the public from practitioners who breach ethical standards. To assist you to understand what Registration entails and some of the challenges in obtaining it we have produced a set of FAQ's. You are strongly encouraged to read this before you commence discussions with or lobbying of, others.
The AASW has called on ministers to agree to a regulation impact statement (RIS) regarding the registration of social workers. To understand more about this please read the RIS FAQs.
- Take Action
We need your help to ensure that our elected officials understand our commitment to attaining registration and why it is necessary in the Australian context, and we have created a number of resources to assist you to take part in the campaign. Click here to take action.
- Australian Health Ministers Submission
A submission to Australian Health Ministers, Protecting the health and wellbeing of Australians, has been made to each of the Health and Mental Health Ministers, their shadow counterparts and key Independents in every jurisdiction along with a request to meet with the AASW. Please read through the submission and share this with your social work colleagues and other stakeholders who you think should be aware of our call to be registered.
- Roy Morgan Market Survey
Last year the AASW engaged Roy Morgan to undertake a survey of Australians to better understand what their expectations were when they saw a professional for counseling. Including the level of qualifications they should have, who they thought they could complain to about them and if they thought they could be "struck" off if they did something wrong. Some of the results of this survey have been included within the submission to Health Ministers but for a complete summary click here. The results demonstrate that Australians think they have far greater protection against inappropriate and poor practice than they actually have.
To see what lobbying and awareness raising we’ve been doing go to OUR ACTIONS.