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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 16,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession's many developments and changes.



Wellbeing and social justice for all.


Supporting social workers and empowering the profession to make a positive difference.


In order to achieve our Purpose, the AASW will:

  1. We will advance a strong identity for the social work profession.
  2. We will foster a well-trained and highly skilled social work profession.
  3. We will be a strong voice for social workers and social justice.
  4. We will deliver operational excellence.
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers