Social Policy & Advocacy



AASW’s recent submissions include:

Visit the social policy webpage to read the AASW submissions.

Everyone’s Business: The National Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry

The AASW would like to make a submission to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, representing the experiences and insights of members.  By keeping the identities of members and information about their workplaces private, we envisage our submission as a means for members to contribute experiences and insights while retaining protection for themselves, their organisations and the people they  work with. 

The closing date for submissions is in February so we anticipate that we will start work on the submission in mid-January.

If you wish to provide information about your experiences, or you would like to contribute your insights, please email


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, 24 December.

Read more about the National Advisory Panels


Power Your Advantage with a free membership upgrade


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Congratulations and welcome to all the new social work graduates! You are now part of a professional community that works tirelessly for a more inclusive and socially just society. Now is the time to Power Your Advantage with our new graduate resources.

Did you know that if you are a student member who has just graduated, you are entitled to upgrade your AASW membership for free from Student to New Graduate? This will give you full member benefits of insurance, CPD recording and the AASW Social Worker trade mark.


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.


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.


Working with Primary Health Networks - CPD available


Are you in private practice as a sole trader or a small business owner interested in delivering services on behalf of Primary Health Networks?

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) was funded to develop education and training resources to support sole traders and small business owners to be successful in obtaining contracts with PHNs.

Find out more about how to engage with PHNs here.

In addition, the first in a series of webinars was held on Thursday, 29 November, 2018 and is available for your viewing as a podcast.

Two more webinars will be held in 2019 and your suggestions about suitable topics are welcome. The webinars will be advertised through APS Matters when they are arranged.

If you have any queries about the training or the webinars please contact


Mental Health Academy


Mental Health Academy CPD Offer Extended until 21 December!

Mental Health Academy’s CPD offer has been extended until this Friday, 21 December.

Join now and you’ll receive unrestricted access to MHA’s CPD catalogue – including 300 plus hours of CPD in mental health – until April 2020! Plus you’ll save up to $275.00 (44%) on your MHA membership fees.

For further information and to join

Note: This offer comes with a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. This means you can join MHA now and gain access to their vast catalogue of quality training for 30 days, entirely risk free.


AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

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

North Queensland

Countering Violent Extremism - Cairns
Wednesday, 6 March


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

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


Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March




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La Trobe University: Disability Practice Courses - online Learn MoreEnquire about becoming a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner: Next intake 18 February 2019 The College of Law


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