New guidelines launched

The Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) 2017 was officially launched on Friday 18 August at the AASW in Melbourne. It was the culmination of an extensive review of the standards by the members of the Board Working Group, comprising Christine Craik and Anita Phillips, and expertly led by Dr Brenda Clare.

ASWEAS 2017 will ensure that the education of members of the social work profession remains rigorous, and continues to strive for professional excellence for years to come.

The AASW would again like to thank all the contributors during the ASWEAS review, consultation and drafting process.


National Symposium 2017


The 145 abstracts submitted last week for the National Symposium 2017 are now being reviewed by the program committee. We will notify presenters on the outcome of their expression of interest by the end of September.

The symposium will be held from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, and will offer over 20 professional development and networking sessions.

Register now!

The symposium is the main professional development forum for social workers in Australia, so register now.


Social Work Focus


Aged care issue

Articles that explore social work practice and aged care feature in the latest issue of Social Work Focus which is now available via the AASW website in PDF, digital flipbook and accessible HTML versions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issue

You're invited to contribute an industry news item or practice article to the summer issue of Social Work Focus, which will explore social work practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Send your contribution by 6 October 2017. Read our contributor guidelines.


Social policy and advocacy


AASW in the media

The AASW is cited in the article, Humiliation, not help, in store for drug tested welfare recipients, published by Huffington Post, which expresses charities, medical groups and politicians' displeasure with the government's plan to drug test welfare recipients.

Crackdown on asylum seekers will increase disadvantage

Like doctors and other human rights advocacy groups, social workers know the proposal to withdraw support to asylum seekers will be destructive to refugees’ wellbeing. Read our media release

Vale the Hon. Fiona Richardson

It was with great sadness that we noted the passing of Victoria's Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon. Fiona Richardson. She will be remembered as a passionate advocate against family violence and we send our condolences to her family and loved ones.

Aged care

The social policy team has considered member's contributions and will send the final submission tonight to the Department of Health's inquiry into ways to best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities. On your behalf, the team continues to advocate for the rights and dignity of older Australians.

Cashless debit card

Since the last e-Bulletin, the Senate has launched a formal inquiry into the proposal to introduce a Cashless Debit Card for people living on income support. The social policy team welcomes contributions from members who are interested in ensuring the equity of Australia's income support system by Monday 4 September. Email the social policy team







Organise an event for Anti-Poverty Week 15-21 October

Anti-Poverty Week is encouraging people to organise an event and then let them know about it. They have a calendar of activities where your activity can be listed. But even if you do not want it published there, let the organisers know about the event so they can talk about the thousands of Australians who are concerned about this issue. Download Anti-Poverty Week resources that will help you promote your activity.

Balint Society annual workshop 2 - 5 November

Balint groups are experiential educational activities that discuss cases and focus on the health professional and client relationship. The Balint Society is holding its annual workshop in Hobart in November.

'Talk the walk' podcast

Metaphorically Speaking's 'Talk the walk' podcast puts legs on social work in Indigenous communities through story. It explores what authentic social work practice with Australia’s First Nations peoples looks like on the ground, straight from the mouths of those who are covered in dirt, sweat and dust.

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