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Challenging Inequality

AASW is proud to launch the Conference 2019 Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society.

This event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia from 7-9 November 2019.

Attracting over 600 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, this event will give attendees an opportunity to exchange information on the current challenges and trends in the sectors, advance networks, gain peer knowledge from leading experts and review the newest services and products on the market.   

The conference program will include poverty and social disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, human rights, Reconciliation, mental health, disability, family violence, trauma and abuse, children and youth, aged care, substance abuse and housing.

So save the date and join us in Adelaide for the Conference 2019, and let us all work together collaboratively, to challenge inequality.


Expressions of Interest 2019 CPD Calendar


Are you interested in conducting training with the AASW?

The Branch is interested in hearing from members who are interested in working with us to conduct training and events for the 2019 and 2020 CPD calendar.

This may include facilitating workshops or information seminars, or ideas about future training events that could be run with the WA Branch.

If you are interested, please email the Branch with information regarding your proposed training.


Your Distinction


Your Distinction

In March, we launched the Accredited Clinical Social Worker credential, continuing our long-term commitment to building, recognising and promoting the expertise of our members.

The clinical credential is an emblem for clients, carers, the community, employers and other professions to recognise the qualifications, skills, expertise and experience of social workers in their field of clinical practice.   

AASW continues to develop a Career Trajectory framework to support the career life-cycle of social workers from student to new graduate, through to experienced professionals, leaders, key decision makers and mentors.  Credentials will have a significant role in defining specialisation paths for social workers, and enabling them to access the development they need at each stage of their career journey.

Find out more about the new Accredited Clinical Social Worker credential.


Voluntary assisted dying

  • Public consultation opens on voluntary assisted dying legislation for Western Australia
  • A voluntary assisted dying discussion paper released to highlight key issues for the legislation, which is due to be introduced to Parliament in the second half of this year
  • Public consultation sessions being held in Perth and regional centres in April and May

Western Australians will have the opportunity to have their say on key issues being considered in the development of laws to enable voluntary assisted dying.

As part of a comprehensive consultation being conducted across the State, public sessions will take place in April and May in Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Broome before legislation is introduced to the State Parliament later this year.

The discussion paper and more information about the planned consultation sessions and upcoming legislation can be found on the government website. 


Review urges change to reproductive technology and surrogacy laws


The Review of the Western Australian Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and the Surrogacy Act 2008 was undertaken by independent reviewer, Associate Professor Sonia Allan and makes a total of 122 recommendations.

Key recommendations of the report include:

  • Establishment of a government advisory body on research and issues relevant to the regulation and practise of ART and surrogacy
  • A donor conception register to enable all donor-conceived people to access identifying information about their donor
  • Amendments to discriminatory provisions within the HRT and Surrogacy Acts that prevent access to ART and surrogacy
  • Changes to allow patients who face impending loss of fertility or ability to bear a child, be allowed to access in vitro fertilisation procedures.

Supporting young people leaving care


The Department of Communities will partner with Anglicare WA to implement a targeted trial that provides enhanced supports to vulnerable young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence.
Developed through a unique co-design process with the community services sector and care leavers, the trial will commence in the south metropolitan region from May 2019.

The trial focuses on care leavers between the ages of 18 and 21 who may be at risk of homelessness or unemployment, to help them develop and build on their support network and independent living skills.
The trial will provide one-on-one support provided by a qualified worker who will help the young person build an ongoing circle of support in their life. It also includes a safety net fund to provide stable living arrangements and facilitate access to health, education and life skills services.


Multicultural Services Centre - Bunbury


Normal office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 0900-1400.  As it is staffed by a sole worker, this may subject o change.  

  • If you need financial assistance you MUST make an appointment, to occur before 1.00pm.

The English Conversation / Peer Support Group still meets at Milligan Community Centre every Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00pm. 

  • It is no longer meeting on Friday
  • Children are welcome
  • It is free
  • Please call if you are bringing someone for support
  • Milligan Community Centre is at 35 Milligan St in Carey Park.  There is a bus stop right outside the door.

Contact details:

Julie Todter
T. (08) 9791 5281


Resilient Australia Awards


The 2019 Resilient Australia Awards are now open for submissions. Celebrating 20 years of initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to act these awards help make communities safer, more connected and better prepared for natural hazards and emergencies.

Submissions will be accepted in each state and territory for business, community, government, local government, schools and photography award categories. The winners from each jurisdiction will be considered for national awards.

Submissions will be accepted until 5:00pm AEST on 17 May 2019, via the online platform: For details, visit the Awards website.

Read more about the Resilient Australia Awards

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