Our Profession. My Association - it's time to renew your membership


Our Profession. My Association

It's time to renew your membership. Our profession works to support and build a stronger Australian community. It is our voice leading dialogue and change in the areas of health, human rights, social justice and social services. Collectively, we advance our profession through knowledge, expertise and a commitment to the people we work with, their families and the community.

Renew your membership today, and access the early bird rate in the month of May.

Once you have renewed your membership you can continue to benefit from access to the Member Only Area of the website.

Once logged in you’ll be able to:

  • Participate in member communities
  • Register and pay the discounted member price for events
  • Create a listing for yourself in our "Find a Social Worker" or "Find a Supervisor" directories
  • Update your contact/profile information
  • Manage your subscriptions to our various e-mail lists
  • Access our publications, including the National e-Bulletin, Branch e-News, Australian Social Work journal and Social Work Focus magazine
  • Access your online CPD record
  • Download your membership and insurance certificates
  • Download all invoice copies.

AASW Conference: Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society


Challenging Inequality

AASW's Conference 2019 is 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.

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.


Your Distinction: Find out more


Your Distinction: Find out more

Your Distinction is the AASW’s credentialing program, increasing opportunities for members to gain recognition for specialised social work practice in a range of areas. The credential assures clients and their families, the Australian community, employers and funding bodies that accredited social workers have acquired a distinguished level of expertise in their field of practice.

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

There is also the Accredited Family Violence Social Worker credential.

Find out more about the Your Distinction program.


General Meeting - Friday, 24 May


Members will have received the Notice of General Meeting last night, which will be held on Friday, 24 May 2019 at 4.00pm AEST in Melbourne. If you would like to view proceedings, please sign up for the webcast. 

If you cannot attend in person, please allocate a proxy, using the form.

See the website for information on our consultation process so far.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Company Secretary, Geoff Bennett at geoff.bennett@aasw.asn.au.


Work at the AASW


We are hiring: Find out more

We have several positions open at the AASW. Find out more on Seek.


Member Communications Survey - have your say


Survey open: Share your views and experiences

Have you completed the Member Communications Survey yet? It closes Thursday, 16 May at midnight. Thank you to all those who have responded so far.


Social Work Focus - Social Work Futures edition


Social Work Focus: Social Work FuturesThe latest edition of Social Work Focus is on our website. This edition's theme is Social Work Futures, featuring news and practice articles on a diverse range of future-focused subjects.

Log in and read it today.

We are seeking contributions for the Winter edition, which is on social work research and its impacts by 10 June. Email editor@aasw.asn.au to pitch a contribution.


Australian Social Work - April 2019


Australian Social Work: The Journal of the AASWThe April edition of Australian Social Work has been published, with the theme of Social Work Education - Part 2.

Read it here.


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


Working Better Together online conference 21 May – 6 June


Working Better Together

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


Nominate now - De Leo Fund Award - research in suicide prevention


The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has created the De Leo Fund Award, which honours the memory of Nicola and Vittorio, the beloved children of Professor Diego De Leo, IASP Past President.

The Award is offered to distinguished scholars in recognition of their outstanding research on suicidal behaviours carried out in developing countries. Members of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) are invited to nominate suitable persons for the De Leo Fund Award. Nominees do not necessarily have to be IASP members. Self-nomination is permitted.

Please send your nomination directly to Prof Diego De Leo, Chairperson of the De Leo Fund Award Committee and attach a brief summary (& CV) of why your nominee is deserving of the Award.

The deadline is 15 June 2019. Questions and nominations should be directed to Professor Emeritus Diego de Leo AO D.DeLeo@griffith.edu.au.


Rural Social Work Conference 2019


Horsham - field of yellow flowers

Responding to Challenges, Community Engagement and Innovative Practice

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July 2019
8.30am to 5.00pm, Horsham
Up to 17 CPD hours
Register before 31 May to secure early bird rate at Rural SW Conference 2019.


AASW CPD events


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


Supported Decision Making Workshop
Tuesday, 28 May

New South Wales

Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Social Work Practice in Aged Care; an Inpatient and Community Lens
Thursday, 2 May

Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - The role of Social Work in the Paediatric Emergency Department - by video
Thursday, 9 May


Loving working with Clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder: An introduction to the DBT approach
Monday, 27 May

Webinar - Legal Ed Seminar - Slater and Gordon - Social Work & the Law /Insurance and Superannuation Claims
Thursday, 30 May 

Webinar - Social Work Practice in the NDIS - tools for successfully operating in this space
Tuesdays, 4 and 11 June

South Australia

How poverty shapes the mind
Tuesday, 21 May

SA Member Consultation: Royal Commission into Aged Care
Wednesday, 22 May

Clinical Supervision
Wednesday, 19 June


Social Innovation, Sustainability and Social Work in the 21st Century
Monday, 6 May 2019

North West Regional Group Networking Dinner
Thursday, 9 May 2019

Tasmanian Member Consultation: Royal Commission into Aged Care
Tuesday, 28 May 2019


'Cultural Focus on Islam and Student Support Services' School Social Work Practice Group Meeting
Monday, 6 May

'Gamblers Help' hosted by the Latrobe Valley Social Work Practice Group
Thursday, 9 May

Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group Peer Supervision, Tuesday, 28 May




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 www.talominbooks.com


Doctor of Social Work: Learn More

Tavistock Relationships

Want to push your clinical skills and effectiveness to the next level?

Workshop: Reach - Pushing Your Clinical Skills and Effectiveness to the Next Level
Wednesday 12 June 2019, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne CBD

Join U.S. counselling psychologist Scott D. Miller, PhD, and learn evidence-based practices used by highly effective therapists internationally, as well as how to identify cases at risk of negative outcomes and a method for evaluating and enhancing your clinical performance.

Early bird registrations before 30 April: $495 (save $95)

Register at www.rav.org.au/EffectivenessWorkshop

CPD: 7 hours

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