The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 8,500 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession's many developments and changes.
Today, with our nine branches and vibrant community of national committees and practice groups supporting the work of the Association, we cater for the professional needs and interests of our social work members practising in a diverse range of fields, employment and locations.
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the national association for Australian professional social workers. We set the benchmark for professional education and practice in social work. We have a strong voice on matters of social inclusion, social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians. We seek a close and collaborative relationship with educational institutions, industry, government, client associations, and the community. The AASW acknowledges the critical importance of the contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.
The AASW has corporate responsibility for promoting and regulating the social work profession in Australia. The AASW represents social workers by ensuring the sustainable development of the profession, the maintenance of accountability and compliance with the benchmark standards, and the promotion of professional identity. Membership offers social workers the opportunity to work collectively to contribute to Australian society, its communities and institutions, in a way that is dedicated to improving social inclusion and social wellbeing.
The AASW's objectives are to:
- Promote the profession of social work
- Establish, monitor and improve practice and ethical standards
- Contribute to the development of social work knowledge and research
- Develop, review and accredit the education standards for social workers
- Advocate for the pursuit of social justice and changes to social structures and policies in order to promote social inclusion and redress social disadvantage
- Promote and facilitate members’ professional development and life-long learning
- Represent and advocate for the interests of members as a group