AASW in the media


Opinion: Poor investment in child safety has tragic results

On Monday 12 July, an opinion by National President Karen Healy's was published in the Courier-Mail.

In it she talks about Queensland's under investment in family support services in the context of the death of toddler Mason Jet Lee.




Make a submission to the ASWEAS review discussion paper before the 22 July 2016 deadline. Before you do, take a look at the submissions made to date on the ASWEAS review web page. The review aims to ensure the standards for entry level social work are clearly articulated, contemporary, evidence-based and benchmarked so graduates can be adequately prepared to enter the profession.


Changes to DVA registration requirements


The Department of Veterans' Affairs has advised the AASW of changes to its registration requirements for general social workers who are seeking to provide services to DVA clients.

Currently DVA registered social worker providers are required to sign a DVA Services Agreement. These agreements expired on 30 June and, to simplify the administrative processes, they will be replaced by an open-ended arrangement with no end-date. Find out more in the DVA communiqué


Branch CPD events


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Social work research


New research opportunity

Working with lawyers: How social work and legal services practice in collaboration

If your social work practice or social services work involves working with lawyers and the provision of legal assistance, you are invited to participate in a study with the University of Melbourne. The study includes a 20 minute online survey and staff census (for managers and coordinators). Participants can also choose to take part in follow up interviews if they would like to discuss the research topics further.

These following research projects are also seeking participants:

  • Working for the welfare: Exploring the experiences of Indigenous child protection workers
  • An exploration of social workers’ professional identities within health settings in Queensland
  • Domestic violence screening in hospital emergency departments: Extent, models and impacts

Find out more about AASW-endorsed research participation opportunities

Promote your research to social workers

If you would like your research reviewed by the AASW's National Research Committee so it can be promoted to our members, take a look at our research approval process and the documentation we require. We publish approved research projects in this fortnightly e-Bulletin and on our website.


Ethics and practice guidelines


The ethics and practice guidelines are a great first point of reference for social workers who are considering contacting the AASW's Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service.

The guidelines cover the issues that commonly arise during consultations. The following ones contain important updates:

For more information, please phone or email the AASW Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service on 03 9320 1044.


70th anniversary


Celebrate 70 years of the AASW at your local branch

AASW WA Film festival: Courageous Heart 9 August 2016, Backlot Cinema, West Perth. From August to November, the AASW WA will screen three movies that tell powerful stories about social workers in practice.

North QLD 70th anniversary dinner celebration 27 August 2016


Job vacancies


INTERNATIONAL Social Worker, Children and Families UK – Sentio Recruit, Permanent Full Time, United Kingdom

NEW SOUTH WALES Case Worker – Foundations Care, Locum/Contract Full Time, Armidale; Sexual Assault Coordinator – Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Permanent Part Time, Griffith;
Child Protection Counsellor – Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Permanent Full Time, Young; EAP Centre Clinician - Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, Permanent Full Time, Sydney

QUEENSLAND BEROS Overnight Support Worker – Community Living Association, Permanent Part Time, Brisbane

TASMANIA Psychologist or Social Worker - Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, Locum/contract Full Time, Hobart/Other

VICTORIA Social Worker – Melbourne Health, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne; Senior Social Worker – Melbourne Health, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Case Manager – VincentCare Victoria, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne; Care & Recovery Coordinator – VincentCare Victoria, Locum/Contract Full Time, Melbourne; YAT Clinician – Melbourne Health, Permanent Full Time, Melbourne

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




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