Social policy and advocacy


Contribute to aged care submission

The AASW is keen to hear from members who have experience in the aged care sector and would like to contribute to its submission for the Senate committee inquiry on the future of the aged care sector workforce. The submission will be written from a social work perspective and highlight social workers' contribution to this sector. If you're interested, please view the Senate Committee's terms of reference and email us at

School system failing students with disability

The Senate Education and Employment Committee has released a report on the treatment of students with disability in Australia. The report cites the AASW's submission and public hearing testimony, and argues that the school system is failing these students and says significant reform and funding are required.

Repair Bill submission

Student social workers who receive the Disability Support Pension could lose up to $62.40 per fortnight if the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) is removed as a result of legislation currently before the Senate.

The AASW has opposed the removal of the PES and the Education Entry Payment (EES) in its submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee. The submission uses valuable data collected last year from the National Study of Social Work Students and highlights the difficulties and comments of 54 students who receive the Disability Support Pension.

AASW in the media

The AASW's recent advocacy on behalf of the social work profession includes the following three media releases:


AASW trade marks


Trade mark recognition

The new year is a great time to register for an AASW accredited trade mark. They are a form of title protection which you can display on your business card, emails, website and other communications to assure your clients, employer and colleagues that you are professionally qualified and committed to continuing professional development and ethical practice. Find out more about AASW trade marks on our website. 


Upcoming events


Australasian Stopping Stalking seminar
12 February 2016, Gold Coast, Queensland
$200 per person, plus GST
A practical and evidence based seminar presented by Act for Kids.
Tickets available on conference website

Inaugural National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children
23-25 February 2016, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Research abstracts are currently being sought for this conference which will provide a platform to link researchers and policy makers, professionals, practitioners and other users to ensure an evidence based response to policy and practice to address domestic, family and sexual violence.
Visit ANROWS website

Free one-day domestic violence and sexual assault professional development forums
March and April 2016, rural and regional NSW
These forums presented by Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia and Country Women's Association will increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural NSW and help participants respond to traumatised people with evidence-based approaches that will facilitate their recovery.
Location details and information on how to register

Creating synergy 2016 conference - Methamphetamine: Integrated care throughout the client journey 
22 - 23 March 2016, Wollongong
The conference will highlight the extent of the innovative work in treatment, early intervention and health promotion that is currently being carried out by the health, welfare and education sectors around methamphetamine use.
Registration and call for abstracts now open

From research to results: Using evidence to improve outcomes for families
6 - 8 July 2016, Australian Institute of Family Studies conference, Melbourne Convention Centre
Abstract submissions are being sought for this conference by 15 February.
Visit the AIFS website

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