National Advisory Panels


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AASW is establishing two National Advisory Panels (NAPs) for the following areas:

  • NDIS
  • Mental Health Reform

Terms of Reference, along with an Expression of Interest form are available or on website. Please submit your expression of interest to Debra Parnell by Monday, 10 December 2018.



What is your experience with the NDIS?


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If you work in mental health or disability, and particularly with people with psychosocial disability, we would be interested in your comments to inform our input to this project.

By completing this survey, you will be contributing to AASW’s views on social work’s role in the NDIS access process for people with psychosocial disability, and the support you need to undertake this role. 

The survey will be open until the 10 December.

The AASW has done a lot of work in advocating for social workers' role in the NDIS in the following areas:

  • Improved NDIS planning for people with complex support needs
  • Government grants to boost NDIS jobs and market.



Australian Social Work - January edition


Australian Social Work: The Journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers

The latest edition of Australian Social Work has been published, with the theme of Social Work Education. 

Read it here.


Strengthening My Health Record


As you will have heard, the Senate has now passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. The Bill went back to the House of Representatives, 26 November 2018 and then become law. A summary of the changes is available on the My Health Record website.



Applying for Medicare Provider Numbers


Each year between now and April, The Department sees an increase in people applying for their first Medicare provider number. As they assess each application carefully, the increased volume means the time to process applications can take up to 6 weeks.

They advise health professionals seeking to apply for a provider number to do so early, so they can start work in the coming months. They must have a provider number to bill patients, make a referral, prescribe or request services.

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Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country


Reconciliation Action Plan: Innovate AASW Reconciliation Australia

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan commitments, the AASW has formalised its Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country Protocol Policy.

A Welcome to Country should be observed at all official AASW conferences and symposia, significant functions and events including but not limited to:

  • Any event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture, (for example, NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week celebrations)
  • National or significant Conferences and Symposia
  • AASW Annual General Meeting, or
  • By recommendation from the Board

An Acknowledgement of Country will be presented by the Chair (or MC) at the commencement of AASW meetings, functions or events, but not limited to the following:

  • Meetings of the Board, Committees, Working Groups and Practice Groups
  • Significant whole-of-staff events

Read our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19. 


Amplify: A one-day social work toolkit forum - 15 February


AASW Queensland Branch Presents Amplify!

The AASW Queensland Branch is hosting Amplify!, a forum to maximise your social work toolkit on varied, practice-based workshop sessions that relate to one of the three streams - Children & Young People, Families, Health & Wellbeing. It is being held on Friday, 15 February 2019 at Griffith University, Logan Campus. Register today.


Census 2021 consultation


The ABS has provided an update about the outcomes of the public consultation on the range of topics to be included in the 2021 Census occurred between 3 April and 30 June 2018.

More than 400 submissions were received from a range of sectors including: all levels of government, academia, community and advocacy groups, industry bodies, businesses and individuals. The ABS has now published a report which summarises the outcomes of this consultation and outlines the next steps in determining the topics for the 2021 Census. Ultimately the topics for the Census are decided by the Australian Government, informed by the ABS’s recommendations.

The full report can be accessed here.



Mental Health Academy


AASW has partnered with the Mental Health Academy (MHA) to support members access to CPD. With MHA’s limited time offer, you can save up to 44% on your MHA membership.

Here are some highlights:

  • Join risk free (with MHA’s 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee)
  • Save up to 44% on your MHA membership
  • Access over 300 hours of AASW Endorsed CPD
  • Enjoy 140 plus video lectures and demonstrations, presented by global experts
  • Choose from dozens of topics, including Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS).

This offer ends at 5pm next Friday, 14 December.

To learn more, visit the MHA website.


AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

Northern Rivers Practice Group meeting
Monday, 10 December

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

North Queensland

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


My Health Record – Revolutionising the way we consul and share information - Webinar
Wednesday, 12 December

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

South Australia

Working with Men Separating from Violence and Abuse: A Narrative and Invitational Approach
Tuesday, 19 February

Supervision 2
Tuesday and Wednesday, 26-27 February


FVSWPG Forum: Working with Family Violence Intersectoral Practice, Monday, 10 December

Latrobe Valley Social Work Practice Group Meeting (topic Elder Abuse with guest speaker Deirdre Howard from LCHS)
Tuesday, 11 December




Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in 2019

These two acclaimed, highly practical, evidence-based workshops will underpin your clinical practice in traumatology. Offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. Each attracts 14 CPD hours.

Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) is applicable to both adult and adolescent clients.

Treating complex trauma (Day 3-4) is intended for survivors of child abuse and neglect and you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand.

For further details and to register, please visit


Supervision and State of Being, Levels 1 & 2: Mastering Group Supervision, Jane Wexler, Melbourne

Conduct ethical supervision using tailored supervision frameworks & structures that inspire, enrich and support individuals and group members.

High quality content, expertly guided experiential learning in an affirming, uplifting environment. Hurry – limited places.

CPD hours 14. Level 1: Feb 6-7; Level 2: Feb 21-22

CPD hours 7. Mastering Group Supervision: March 6


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