ASWEAS review


We’ve released an ASWEAS review discussion paper and invite you to make a written submission to the review against some of the key areas by COB 22 July 2016. The review aims to ensure our standards for entry level social work are clearly articulated, contemporary, evidence-based and benchmarked so graduates can be adequately prepared to enter the profession.

As well as the discussion paper, other current feedback opportunities include:

  • Queensland Branch are hosting an ASWEAS review information and consultation session on Monday 13 June 2016 from 10:00am-12:00pm in Paddington. Attend in person or participate via teleconference. Find out more or register
  • If you were unable to attend the Victorian Branch ASWEAS review consultation session last week, you can still put your views in a written submission until COB 22 July 2016. 

To find out more, including the timeline, please visit the ASWEAS review web page


Social policy and advocacy


Reconciliation Week

This week the AASW attended the inspiring lecture by Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, at Parliament House. Mr Mohamed emphasised the need to acknowledge the facts of history, and the importance of leadership and planning.

The AASW is currently updating its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to build on the progress of the previous RAP.

Leadership and management scope of practice

We are currently circulating the third draft of the Scope of Practice for Leadership and Management for comment. If you would like to have a say on it, please email Len Baglow and a copy will be sent to you.

Indefinite detention submission

The AASW's submission to the Senate inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia is now publicly available. It includes as an appendix the recent work of member, Jamie O'Donahoo, on Forensic Patients and Forensic Mental Health in Victoria that was published in Australian Social Work in April.

Aged care sector workforce

The AASW gave evidence to the Senate inquiry to the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce. We advocated for the role of social work, arguing that older Australians need to have access to skilled and knowledgeable professionals who can provide support for their psychosocial needs, including mental health, relationship issues, grief and loss, family violence and elder abuse. Read our submission

Federal election

Children in immigration detention

The AASW continues to speak up for children in immigration detention. Use our newest briefing paper on children in immigration detention as background when you ring or email a candidate in the upcoming election.

These children cannot speak for themselves; it is important that professionals ensure their voices are heard. Last election many politicians claimed to have only heard constituents who spoke in favour of harsh border protection laws.

Mental health

A newly formed government must act to give more certainty to people with mental illness, their carers and service providers. As a long-term partner, the AASW is currently supporting Mental Health Australia's 2016 Federal Election campaign which features a member information pack that includes a letter for candidates, a media release template and social media messages.

All AASW briefings and resources on key election issues can be found on our Federal election web page.


Job vacancies


ACT Social Worker – National Capital Private Hospital, Casual/Part Time, Canberra

NSW Case Managers, Brighter futures – The Benevolent Society, Permanent Full Time, Orange; School Counsellor – St Johns College Dubbo, Permanent Full Time, Dubbo; Community Support Worker, Macarther Accommodation and Access Program (MAAP) – Neami National, Locum/Contract Full Time, Sydney; Professional Officer (Social Work) – Australian Association of Social Workers, Permanent Full Time, Sydney

NT Counsellor – Relationships Australia NT, Permanent Full Time, Darwin; Counsellor/Group Facilitator – Relationships Australia NT, Permanent Full Time, Katherine

QLD Clinical Lead (Headspace) – Headspace, Permanent Full Time, Rockhampton; Social Worker – Gold Coast Health, Locum/Contract  Full Time & Part Time, Gold Coast

VIC Child Protection Practitioners – Department of Health and Human Services, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Senior Clinician – Melbourne Health, Locum/Contract Part Time, Melbourne; Child Protection and Advanced Child Protection Practitioners – Department of Health and Human Services, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Team Manager & Child Protection Practitioners – Department of Health and Human Services, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Senior Community Clinician – Melbourne Health, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne.

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

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