Annual Report 2017-2018


AASW Annual Report 2017-2018The Association has published the Annual Report 2017-2018. Achievements during the financial year included:

  • Implementing Indigenous ways of knowing with our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019
  • Hosting a successful National Symposium 2017
  • Reaching an all-time high of 11,000 members and nine per cent member growth
  • Developing the Your Distinction credentialing program
  • Launching the Empowering Excellence suite of online workshops for social workers
  • Advocating for Accredited Mental Health Social Workers’ access to provide therapy via telehealth
  • Progress made in the advocacy for social work registration.

Read the Annual Report 2017-2018.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


The AASW supports the this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this Sunday 25 November, and the theme #HearMeToo.

AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This has been yet another shocking year for violence against women in Australia, with 60 women killed in 2018. Many more are living with, or have survived family violence."

Read her full statement here.


Stop it at the Start


The Australian Government is continuing their Stop it at the Start campaign to stop violence against women. Resources to promote this are available:

  • video of Australians from different walks of life reacting to common phrases that may inadvertently excuse disrespect, such as ‘man up’, ‘don’t cry like a girl’ or ‘he just did it because he likes you’.
  • short guide with tips and advice on preparing for a conversation about respect with young people.  Disrespectful behaviour isn’t always an easy subject to discuss, but we are hoping this guide will help people take the first step.
  • More campaign materials, including videos.

Use #StopitattheStart #respect when sharing and follow the Australian Families Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the campaign. You can find more information at


Are you a social worker in private practice or small business owner?


Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are developing regional stepped care primary mental health service models.  In that context, we welcome the Department of Health’s initiative providing information and support for mental health clinicians who are in private practice as sole traders or small business owners.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been funded to develop education and training resources to support sole traders and small business owners to be successful in obtaining contracts with PHNs. The APS worked in collaboration with the Australian Association of Social Workers, Occupational Therapy Australia, and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to develop online training modules and webinars.

Access the free training at the Tendering for PHN Contracts website.

In addition, the first webinar to introduce the training will be held on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at 7.15pm – 8.30pm.  The webinar is free. You can watch a recording later if you are not able to join it live. For further information, please contact


Contribute to your profession - participate in research


Conducting and participating in research are 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.


Social Work Focus - 2019 dates announced


Social Work Focus - winter edition - Diana Chessell

We are seeking contributions and a review panel for Social Work Focus in 2019. Publication dates and deadlines have been announced for 2019, including contributor guidelines. We are also seeking advertising for our 2019 editions.

The latest edition of Social Work Focus, your membership magazine, is out now.

Log in to the member portal to read it.



AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

Social Workers in Disability (SWID) Conference: Human Rights, Social Justice & Equity in Disability
Friday, 7 December

Pathways of Recovery: Strengths Approaches to Mental Health
Monday, 11 February

North Queensland

Introducing the Stepped Care Model – Primary Mental Health Care - Townsville
Friday, 30 November

Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop - Townsville
Wednesday, 12 December


Slater and Gordon – Insurance and Superannuation Claims – Legal Education Seminar
Monday, 3 December

Qld Branch Forum – Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Friday, 15 February 2019

South Australia

Students & New Graduates Careers Night
Thursday, 6 December

Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism: An awareness raising workshop
Tuesday, 11 December


School Social Work Practice Group Peer Supervision and Meeting
Monday, 26 November
Register at SSWPG Supervision and SSWPG Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Peer Supervision
Tuesday, 27 November

Western Australia

Meet the Employer
Monday, 26 November




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