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


Our Profession. My Association

Our profession works to support and build a stronger Australian community. Collectively, we advance our profession through knowledge, expertise and a commitment to the people we work with, their families and the community. AASW empowers your professional journey with quality and integrity. Through innovation, collaboration and education, we support you to be the best social worker you can be. 

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. 

Major developments in the coming year include:

  • Launch of a multi-year awareness campaign to promote the social work profession to the Australian community and relevant stakeholder groups
  • A redeveloped Continuing Professional Development program, including a national dedicated team who will progress educational services and resources to support members through their career
  • The AASW Conference 2019, Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society will occur in South Australia from 7-9 November
  • Our commitment to the registration of the profession will continue across Australia with federal and state parliamentarians
  • An Awards Program, promoting excellence and innovation in social work practice, education, the profession, social justice and the communities we serve
  • Further credentials positioned in the Your Distinction program, confirming your high level of professional achievement, knowledge and skill
  • Establishing a mentoring program to inspire new social workers during the early stages of their career.

AASW Conference 2019: Keynote speaker announced and registrations open


Natasha Stott Despoja AM background is coloured squares

We recently announced that Natasha Stott Despoja AM will be the keynote speaker of the AASW Conference 2019.

In 2011, Natasha was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women. Natasha recently completed a term on The World Bank Gender Advisory Council and served on the 2017 United Nations High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents.

She is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats. She is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament. In 2001, she was made a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.  

Natasha is the founding Chair of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). Between 2013-2016, she served as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls responsible for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership and the reduction of violence against women and girls.

Further information regarding our Keynote Speaker.

Early bird registration and accommodation bookings for the conference are now open.

The AASW Conference 2019 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia from 7-9 November 2019.

Join us in Adelaide and let us all work together, collaboratively, to challenge inequality.


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. You can register your attendance on our website.

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.

Proxies must be received on Wednesday, 22 May by 4.00pm AEST.

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.


National Volunteers Week: Making a world of difference


Between 20-26 May, Australia celebrates National Volunteers Week. In 2019, Australia has formally acknowledged the contribution of volunteers for 30 years. In addition to paid work, social workers show their dedication and commitment to our profession by volunteering in a range of capacities.

Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection. As social workers, we know better than anyone how important these things are. It is equally important to take the time to reflect on the fantastic work you do.

A heartfelt thank you to AASW's volunteers.


Member Communications Survey - closing tomorrow


Survey open: Share your views and experiences

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


Social Work Focus


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.


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


Expressions of Interest


We are looking for assessors for the AASW Accredited Disability Social Worker credential which is part of the Your Distinction program. This credential will be launched in the coming months. 

The assessments completed will be on a fee-for-service basis and assessors will be paid per assessment completed. After an initial induction and quality assurance process, this work can be completed from your own office with the applications for assessment accessible via a secure online portal.

The AASW will provide administrative and professional support, as well ensure the criteria for assessments are met. Each assessment will need to be completed within a set timeframe. The number of assessments required per month may vary and will be negotiated with you depending on demand and your capacity.

Applications are open to be part of this important work.


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.


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.

Conference program is now available


AASW CPD events


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


Reconciliation in the Park
Monday, 27 May

Supported Decision Making Workshop presented by ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service
Tuesday, 28 May

ACT Private Practice Group Meeting
Thursday, 13 June

Countertransference and Supervision Seminar
Tuesday, 18 June

New South Wales

NSW Student Series: Social Workers in Practice - Child Protection
Thursday, 6 June

NSW Branch - Trauma-Informed Care & Practice: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - 26 Jun 2019*
Wednesday, 26 June
*Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements

North Queensland

Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Legal Issues of Capacity
Wednesday, 5 June

Northern Territory

Mental Health Accreditation Practice Group
Wednesday, 22 May

Social Workers in Private Practice Group
Thursday, 30 May

Mental Health Accreditation Practice Group
Wednesday, 26 June


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

Social Work Snapshot: Career Insights & Volunteering for Students & New Grads
Tuesday, 11 June


North West Peer Support and Reflective Practice Networking Group - May meeting  - Devonport
Thursday, 16 May

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

Northern Regional Networking Dinner
Guest speaker Besta Peter: My experiences as a social worker on Manus Island
Wednesday, 12 June


FREE Family Violence Social Work Practice Group (FVSWPG) Information Session on the Roll Out of the Recommendations from the RCFV
Wednesday, 28 May

Cultural Immersion Experience with Kutcha Edwards - Mutti Mutti Man
Wednesday, 29 May

Registrations are open until 28 May or until the event reaches capacity. Limited places available.

FREE Understanding Social Work Supervision - Grampians Region Social Work Practice Group
Wednesday, 5 June




Charles Sturt University Grad Cert in Human Services


Disability Practice Course - online Learn more

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