Save the date


World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day is on Tuesday, 20 March and this year the theme is "Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability".  The NQLD Branch are organising a breakfast event in Townsville.  More information will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, meantime save the date.  All members and non-members are welcome.


The NQLD Branch hold a networking event every month at the branch office.  This month we are delighted that Babette Doherty, the Regional Co-ordinator for the Department of Justice and Attorney General, will be speaking about the services and financial assistance available to help victims of crime together with an overview of the Charters of Victims' Rights.  Click here for more information and to register

James Cook University O Day

We will be holding a stall at the JCU University in Townsville and Cairns on 14 February to promote and introduce the AASW to all new and existing students.  Come and say hello and meet Janet King, our Vice President, at the Townsville Campus.  Janet graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2002 with a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) Degree.  Janet is employed at the North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service (NQDVRS) as the Senior Support Worker/Senior Development Worker and provides assistance to domestic violence workers in Palm Island, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Ingham.



Social policy & advocacy


Submissions in progress

The AASW is already working on several submissions including:

  1. Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and related bill
  2. Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia
  3. Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017
  4. Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  5. Market Readiness for the NDIS
  6. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  7. Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

If you would like to contribute please email us:

Recently submitted

The AASW has recently made submissions concerning housing affordability, and for the 2018-2019 federal budget.  Our recent submissions are available here.

Previous  submissions

Last year, the AASW made a written submission to the federal House of Representatives inquiry: “A better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence”.  As a result, the AASW was invited to provide evidence at a public hearing, and was represented by President Christine Craik.  The inquiry’s report, which draws on the AASW’s material was published at the end of last year. The report is available here.


How to advertise in this e-News?


To advertise in our e-News or in Social Work Connect, read the North Queensland Branch Media Kit 2018 and complete the Advertising Booking Form 2018. Reduced rate fees are offered for AASW members and Endorsed CPD.


Member reminder


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Membership Benefits


Offset the cost of your membership

You can offset the cost of your fees by taking advantage of our Member Benefits program. Members receive great discounts on a range of products and services, such as;

Criminal record checks

Telco & IT

Finance & insurance

Motor vehicle benefits

Travel & holiday benefits

Lifestyle benefits

To arrange your discounts, phone AASW Member Benefits on 1300 304 551. For more information about the benefits program, phone the membership team on 1800 630 124.

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