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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 13,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession's many developments and changes.



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 Purpose, 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