Update on the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards ASWEAS


The AASW launched the ASWEAS in August 2017 and post-launch, we received further feedback from stakeholders. The AASW is committed to ensuring a collaborative process is fostered with the development of the ASWEAS, and in good faith reinstated the ASWEAS 2012, while implementing a process to fully consider the additional feedback.

The AASW has contracted independent consultants PhillipsKPA and Principal Consultant Dr. Craig McInnis to assist with the next stage of the ASWEAS. PhillipsKPA is a leading consultancy firm specialising in strategic advice to the higher education sector. Dr McInnis is an internationally recognised expert in strategic policy analysis and evaluation in higher education. His work has focused on improving educational quality and student outcomes. PhillipsKPA recently completed two related projects for the Department of Education and Training: the contextual research for Australian Qualifications Framework Review (2018) and Professional Accreditation: mapping the territory (2016).

As an extensive consultation process was undertaken in the development of the ASWEAS 2017,  the next steps will include a review of the original consultation documentation; to undertake further limited consultation with significant stakeholders and make required amendments to the ASWEAS 2017.  It is anticipated that a relaunch of the ASWEAS will be scheduled for early 2019, with full implementation to take effect 1 January 2020.


Social Workers Registration Bill in South Australia


On Wednesday, 5 September, the Hon Tammy Franks introduced the Social Workers Registration Bill to the South Australian Legislative Council.  This is a great step forward working towards a national social worker registration scheme. This did not happen in isolation; there has been a long campaign over many decades from members and the Association advocating for social work registration.

AASW Board Director Anita Phillips, who leads the AASW National Registration Taskforce was interviewed on ABC Radio Breakfast Adelaide, which aired on Thursday, 6 September.

We have published a webpage especially for the South Australian campaign, where you can view the footage of Ms Franks introducing the Bill to the Legislative Council. 


Your Distinction


Your Distinction: Find out more

The expansion of the AASW credentialing program is to recognise a notable level of expertise and focus in an area of social work practice.

AASW accreditation means Your Distinction in the social work sector, your area of expertise and your career journey. These new credentials raise the profile of the social work profession and enhance your employment opportunities.

You can apply for the Accredited Family Violence Social Worker now.

You can register your interest on our website to hear more as we develop the remaining credentials.


Free Child Family Community Australia webinar - Children’s and young people’s experiences of the family law system


Give children a bigger voice more of the time: Children’s and young people’s experiences of the family law system

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 1.00pm–2.00pm AEST

The webinar will be presented by Dr Rachel Carson and Norma Williams, who will discuss recent research on young people’s experiences of the family law system and its implications for child-inclusive practice. 


Social Work Focus: Seeking articles and review panel


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Social Work Focus is your membership magazine. Read the latest edition.

We are seeking practice articles for the Summer 2018/19 issue, with the theme of "social work futures". The deadline for submissions is 12 October 2018. Read our contributor guidelines.

We are also seeking a review panel to read and accept the articles we receive. To express interest email editor@aasw.asn.au.


AASW events


All AASW branch and online events can be found in the events calendar or on SWOT.

Australian Capital Territory

Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work
Thursday, 20 September
6.00pm - 7.30pm

New South Wales

Understanding and Managing Vicarious Trauma
Wednesday, 26 September
9.00am to 4:30pm

Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2
Tuesday, 16 October
9.00am to 4.30pm

AASW NSW 2018 Annual Members' Meeting with Sue Foley: Social justice: A unique dynamic for the social work profession
Thursday 18 October
6pm for 6.30pm to 8.00pm

North Queensland

Family violence, a seminar presented by AASW National President Christine Craik
Friday, 28 September 
2.00pm - 4.30pm


Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to Effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
9.00am - 4.15pm

The Forgotten Known – Stage Two – Further Development of Attachment Theory in Practice
Thursday, 1 November 2018
9.00am - 4.15pm

South Australia

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 (Regional: Port Lincoln)
9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
9.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
9.30am - 1.00pm


North West Practice & Peer Support Group - October Meeting
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
5.00pm – 6.30pm Devonport

Northern Regional Networking Dinner
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
5.30pm – 7.30pm


FREE Practice Group Supervision opportunities
School Social Work Practice Group Peer Supervision 24 September 2018 and
Vic Branch: Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Peer Supervision, 25 September 2018

Victorian Mental Health Social Work Conference 2018
'The Unique Contribution of Social Workers to Mental Health Practice'
Wednesday, 10 October
9.00am to 4.30pm, Fitzroy

Western Australia

Setting up in Private Practice
Saturday, 20 October 2018
9.00am - 3.00pm

WA Trauma Informed Symposium
Friday, 9 November 2018
9.00am - 5.00pm




Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

Use the AASW discount code CC*AASW


Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in November 2018

These two professional development workshops provide mental health professionals with practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology.

Treating PTSD is offered in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and attracts 14 CPD hours.

Treating complex trauma (helping survivors of abuse and neglect) is offered in Sydney and Melbourne (you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand) and attracts 14 CPD hours.

For further details and to register, please visit www.talominbooks.com 


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