Constitution Update


The Association has received feedback from the third round of consultation on the draft Constitution.

The Constitution Review Committee of the Board considered that feedback at its meeting on 3 October.

A revised Constitution will be put to members at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Perth on Friday, 9 November 2018. Further details regarding the official Notice of AGM will be sent to members in mid-October. 


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.


Empowering Excellence: AASW's social work online training


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The second live webinar in the AASW NDIS SWOT Series (hosted by Brooke Kooymans) was recently held on 17 September, which focused on a case study. To watch a recording of this webinar, together with all content in the NDIS series, register here. The final live webinar in the series is scheduled for 8 November 2018.

For further information, please watch a video snapshot here or alternatively contact

Registrant feedback about the NDIS series:
“Just wonderful. Cannot wait for the next one!”
“The presentation provides valuable information for social workers”
“This was a GREAT and purposeful seminar  - thank you”
“It has been fantastic!  Thank you”
“Thanks a lot. Enjoying the webinar!”

You can register for further workshops in the Empowering Excellence program here:

Upcoming content to be released in September includes:

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with Anthony Hillin (FPS)
  • Narrative Therapy with Dr David Denborough (FPS)
  • Narrative therapy and family violence by Helen Wirtz (FPS)
  • Infant-led family practice with Dr Wendy Bunston

Supervision and the transition to management with Jane Wexler and Dr Elizabeth Shannon


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


Contribute to your profession - participate in research


Both conducting and participating in research are considered to be key professional development activities and can be counted towards your annual CPD. If you participate in any of the research activities listed below, you can record this as a Category 3 activity (Professional Identity) in your online CPD record.

For more information and to participate, see our website.


AASW events


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

New South Wales

SANG (Student and New Graduate) seminar: International Social Work
Tuesday, 9 October
6.15pm for 6.30pm to 8.00pm

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

Northern Territory (and online)

Introduction to Social Work Private Practice
Friday, 26 October
9.00am - 12.00pm


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

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

South Australia


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

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


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

Victorian Branch Annual Members' Meeting with guest speaker
Jenny Smith, CEO of Council to Homeless Persons
Thursday, 25 October
5.30pm to 8.30pm, North Melbourne

Recognising and Responding to Trauma presented by Dr Jenine Godwin-Thompson and David Ellis
Trauma-informed approaches to healing and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. Presented in partnership with SNAICC.
Tuesday, 30 October and Wednesday, 31 October

Western Australia

Annual Members Meeting
Wednesday, 24 October 
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Working with Families Involved with the Family Court
Tuesday, 30 October 
9.00am - 1.00pm




Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

Use the AASW discount code CC*AASW


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Social worker and Certified IPT trainer

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults: a brief, attachment-based intervention

This workshop provides intensive skill development with two expert trainers.

Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working with children, adolescents and adults

This popular two-day experiential workshop has been delivered by Anthony to over 100 audiences in Europe and Australasia.

Sydney and Brisbane October – December dates

Information and registration:


Charles Sturt University Doctor of Social Work - red tile, white writing. CSU is a leading Australian provider of social work education. Underake advanced and critical reflection on your professional practice. Make an original and significant research contribution


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