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About AASW

Social workers act collectively and individually to contribute to society in a way that is dedicated to achieving social justice, inclusion and wellbeing.

The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 11,500 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.



Working together for professional excellence and social justice.


To promote the profession of social work, advance social justice, uphold standards and build capacity of members.


In order to achieve our Mission, the AASW will:

  1. Promote and advocate for the profession of social work and AASW members
  2. Be a strong voice for social justice
  3. Build the professional capacity of members
  4. Uphold responsibilities for regulation of the profession
  5. Advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work
  6. Collaborate with international colleagues
  7. Provide responsible governance and management
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers