Social policy and advocacy


Working with refugees and asylum seekers?

The AASW is developing a Refugee and Asylum Seeker Scope of Social Work Practice document. We've prepared a draft and are now looking for members who would like to comment and contribute to its development. If you'd like to see the draft, please email Len Baglow

AASW opposes removal of student payments

The AASW has opposed the removal of the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) and the Education Entry Payment (EEP) in its submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee about the SSLA Budget Repair Bill 2015. Our submission uses valuable data collected last year from the National Study of Social Work Students and highlights the difficulties of 56 students who receive the Disability Support Pension and may potentially lose the support provided by the PES and EEP. We will upload the submission to the AASW website as soon as we have the Senate's permission.

Veterans' Affairs allied health review

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is undertaking a review of its allied health arrangements and the AASW has been invited to contribute. Our submission will relate to issues such as the critical role social workers play in the provision of services for veterans; the scope of social work practice in this area, particularly in relation to mental health and care coordination, and pay parity for comparable services. View the terms of reference for the review. If you are a DVA service provider, we would like your comments by this Friday 15 January via email to


Horizon Career Centre


Vacant positions

 ACT Director, Child and Youth Protection Services (Operations) - Community Services Directorate, Permanent Full Time, ACT; Psychologist or AASW Registered Social Worker - Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, Permanent Full Time, ACT

International International Social Work Professionals - Australian Volunteers International, Permanent Full Time

NSW EOI - Allied Health Providers – Headspace, Marathon Health, Locum/Contract Full Time & Part Time, Orange

NT Team Leader & Case Manager Roles – CatholicCare NT, Locum/ Contract Full Time, Darwin; Team Leader Counselling – CatholicCare NT, Permanent Full Time, Darwin; Team Leader Family & Community Wellbeing – CatholicCare NT, Permanent Full Time, Darwin; Individual, Couple & Family Counsellor – Relationships Australia NT, Permanent Full Time, Darwin; Counsellor/Group Facilitator – Relationships Australia NT, Permanent Full Time, Darwin; PHaMs Community Support Worker - APY Lands – CatholicCare NT, Locum/Contract Full Time – APY Lands

QLD Social Worker – North and West Remote Health, Permanent Full Time; Mental Health Clinicians - Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service, Permanent Full Time, Gold Coast; Contracted Allied Health Professionals – Headspace, Locum/Contract Full Time & Part Time, Toowoomba; Mental Health Professionals - Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (QLD), Locum/Contract Full Time

VIC Drop-in Support Worker – VincentCare Victoria, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne
APATT Clinician – Melbourne Health, Permanent Part Time, Melbourne 

For more information about these positions, visit the Horizon Career Centre


Upcoming events


Digital Youth Culture and Online Safety Professional Development webinar
Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner
Wednesday 20 January at 12.30pm or Monday 1 February 2016 at 7.30pm. Free
Explore the link between young people’s online behaviour and the stages of social and emotional development.
Register now

SANE Mental Illness and Bereavement workshops Feb – April 2016
Melbourne, Warrnambool, Hobart, Sydney, Armidale, Brisbane, Albury
$125 per person, incl. GST
How health professionals can better support the family and friends of people who have died by suicide.
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Safety planning: An intervention for managing suicide risk workshops
Monash University
16 February 2016, Randwick, Sydney; 19 February 2016
$65, including GST
For more information, email
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4th National Elder Abuse Conference
Seniors Rights Victoria
23-25 February 2016, Pullman on the Park, Melbourne
Elder abuse is estimated by the WHO to affect up to 10 per cent of older people worldwide. This conference will focus on their rights to live life free from ageism and elder abuse and innovative and collaborative approaches such including preventative programs, early interventions that can help inform your practice.
Register now - just one month to go!

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development
27-30 June 2016, Korea
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