AASW CPD events


Mental Health Practice Group
Tuesday, 30 April, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Legal Issues of Capacity
Wednesday, 5 June, 12.00pm-1.00pm


Communications Survey - have your say


Survey open: Share your views and experiences

If you haven't already, please complete our Member Communications Survey 2019.

It closes on Thursday, 16 May at midnight AEST.


Working Better Together online conference 21 May – 6 June


Working Better Together MHPN's inaugural online conference for mental health practitioners

MHPN invites mental health practitioners to join its inaugural online conference. Free to attend, with a range of activities scheduled across three weeks, from 21 May – 6 June 2019. Register and learn more.


Fifty over fifty: Advanced Health Directives


Queenslanders are being denied their dying wish because they leave it too late to put their end-of-life plans in place, doctors have warned. A new Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland campaign called Fifty over Fifty aims to have 50 per cent of all Queenslanders aged over 50 establish an Advanced Health Directive (AHD) by 2022.

An AHD, sometimes called a living will, details your future healthcare choices to ensure families and doctors can carry out your dying wishes.

Find more information about making an AHD by watching this video. 


Queensland: an age-friendly community


The Queensland Government has created resources and a toolkit to assist organisations and communities in becoming more age-friendly. 

See the Queensland: an age-friendly community website for free resources.


Increased elder abuse awareness drives rise in calls to Helpline


The number of calls to the Queensland Government-funded Elder Abuse Helpline increased by more than 17 percent during the 2017-18 financial year, with more than 1900 Queenslanders reporting elder abuse over those 12 months. The figures make up part of the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit’s Year in Review report, which was released this week.

View the There's No Excuse for Elder Abuse campaign.

Elder Abuse Prevention Unit.


Queensland Financial Inclusion Plan


The Queensland Financial Inclusion Plan was launched on 19 October 2016 and sets out what the government will do to assist financially vulnerable Queenslanders to ensure people are better prepared to respond to cost-of-living pressures and financially stressful life events. 

The plan provides a whole-of-Queensland response to financial exclusion and hardship in Queensland, and outlines key initiatives undertaken by government and the non-government sector.

The plan is focused around three priority areas:

  1. Improving financial literacy and building capabilities – ensuring people have the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to make informed financial decisions
  2. Responding directly to financial hardship – ensuring targeted services, programs and products are available to those experiencing financial hardship
  3. Driving an integrated whole-of-system response – working together to deliver an integrated response to financial hardship, supported by a strengthened evidence base and collaborative relationships within and across sectors.

Read the latest Report Card.


Electricity and gas rebates - are you missing out on $341?


Thousands of eligible Queenslanders are missing out on the Queensland Government’s $341 electricity rebate. The rebate was extended to Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders (HCC) and asylum seekers from 1 January 2017.

While about 50,000 of them have received this vital assistance since then, it’s estimated at least another 100,000 people could be eligible for the rebate from the Government’s $196 million energy concessions fund.

This payment is in addition to the Federal Government's one-off energy supplement, announced in the recent Budget.

Find out how to apply.


Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable


Consultation forums will be held at:

  • Bundaberg: Monday 29 April 2019
  • Sunshine Coast: Tuesday 30 April 2019

You can complete the online survey on Get Involved. The survey closes on 30 April 2019.

Young people aged 12-25 go to the Engagement Hub website. 

For more information, see the Queensland Government's website on sexual assault.


Mount Isa Community Connect Project launch


The Community Connect project is a multi-agency initiative that aims to improve community safety and reduce youth associated crime and social disadvantage within Mount Isa. The project’s vision is to reduce crime within Mount Isa by implementing measures that target recidivist youth offending. These measures include delivering supportive early intervention methods, ensuring services delivered by government and non-government agencies are available at all times of need and there is a focus on school and vocational training attendance.

Find out more about the Mount Isa Community Connect Project.


ACOSS toured North Queensland to promote Raise the Rate


Raise the Rate

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) visited Cairns in April to meet with local residents receiving the Newstart allowance and to call on Cairns Regional Council and federal political leaders to pledge their support for the Raise the Rate campaign.

The Leichardt electorate, which covers 80% of the population living in the Cairns metropolitan area, is a marginal federal electorate and there are 6,790 local Newstart recipients in the area. The campaign hosted a community forum with local residents receiving Newstart who shared their stories about how tough it is to survive on the current rate of $40 per day. The campaign addressed the Cairns Regional Council at their council meeting and called on the council to pledge their support for the Raise the Rate campaign.

The Raise the Rate campaign hosted a press conference in Townsville shortly after the Budget, which heard from CEO of Australian Council of Social Service, Dr. Cassandra Goldie, Campaign coordinator, Pas Forgione and local Newstart recipient, Aaron Blake.

Raise the Rate campaign is strengthening its calls on the Government and all candidates to pledge their support for the campaign.


Cleveland Youth Detention Centre has 12 new beds


The Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville opened 12 new beds in April, increasing the capacity of the centre to deliver safe and secure accommodation for young people remanded or sentenced to youth detention. There are currently no 17-year-olds in adult prisons in Queensland, bringing the state into line with every other jurisdiction in Australia. 

The new units were due to be completed by the end of February, however were delayed due to the recent flooding in North Queensland.


Thriving Queensland Communities grants - Round two 2019


Neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland are encouraged to apply for a share of $800,000 under the latest round of the Thriving Queensland Communities Grants program.

The Thriving Queensland Communities grants are open to government-funded neighbourhood and community centres for projects and equipment.

Applications close Friday, 3 May 2019 5.00pm AEST. Successful applicants will be advised by mid-June.

Find out more and apply.


Nominations extended for 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards


Queenslanders who support and promote a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community are being encouraged to nominate for the 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards.

For the first time this year, winners in most categories will receive $500 in prize money. The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Outstanding Young Achiever – for under 25 years, including volunteers
  • Outstanding Individual Achiever – for 25 years and over, including volunteers
  • Community - for not-for-profit community organisations or groups
  • Education, Training and Skills - for government and non-government early childhood education and care, schools, universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations located in Queensland
  • Business - for businesses, companies and finance
  • Media – for journalists, bloggers and online influencers
  • Government (local) - for a local government organisation or team within a local government organisation
  • Government (State) - for a State government organisation or team within a State government organisation
  • Minister’s Multicultural Award - for the outstanding achievements of a finalist, selected by the Minister from all finalists.

Nominations close on Thursday, 2 May 2019 5.00pm AEST. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, 30 August 2019 during Multicultural Queensland Month.

Find out more and nominate.

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