Social policy and advocacy


Submissions in progress

The AASW is currently preparing submissions for several inquiries.
If you are interested in contributing to any of these, please email the AASW Social Policy team

Community Development Program inquiry

The AASW is intending to make a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Community Development Program and welcomes the contributions of interested members. Email  Angela Scarfe by Wednesday 5 April for more information.

Family violence submission - proposed amendments to Family Law Act

The AASW welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to this Attorney-General's Department inquiry. Social workers are integral to the delivery of support and intervention services for victims and survivors of family violence.

Social Services Legislation Amendment Omnibus Savings Bill

Although social workers work with people from every strata of society, they have a particular commitment to those who are most disadvantaged. In this Senate Community Affairs submission, the AASW expressed the concern of its members about the many provisions in this Bill taking money from the poorest and most disadvantaged.


AASW in the media


Social workers branch out for knowledge

Christine Ansorge, Centralian Advocate, 24 March 2017

This week saw more than 100 delegates descend upon Alice Springs for the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Northern Territory Branch conference.


Social Work Focus


Contribute to the aged care issue

The autumn disability and NDIS issue of Social Work Focus is almost complete. We are now seeking articles by 5 May from social workers and other allied health professionals in aged care for the winter issue. Read our contributions guidelines for more information.

Wanted: Specialist reviewers

If you're an AASW member and work or conduct research in the following fields, consider becoming a specialist reviewer for Social Work Focus. Reviewers will help us during the following timeframes to select the articles for each issue before they are edited and published:

  • Social work practice and aged care (mid-May)
  • Social work practice and mental health (mid-August)
  • Social work practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (mid-October)

The commitment will be approximately 3-5 hours and, in exchange, we will credit you as a reviewer in the publication. Reviewers, however, will not be able to contribute articles to that issue. To express interest, submit a short statement supporting your expertise in the relevant field with a copy of your CV to the Bulletin Editor by Friday 28 April. For more information, please phone 02 6199 5011.


CPD at your local branch



Annual Social Work Dinner
18 May 2017, 6pm, CIT Reid campus
Join Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, ACT President and Human Rights Commissioner, at this year's ACT Branch dinner. CPD hours: 3


Self-care for social work students and new graduates
29 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm, AASW office. Members $20
Martine Langoulant will support developing social work practitioners in building awareness of and competence in self-care practice. The day will include a mix of creative activities, large and small group discussions, and personal reflection. CPD hours: 6


Endorsed CPD


Dr Leah Giarratano: Trauma education workshops

These professional development workshops provide practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology. Register now at Talomin Books

Treating PTSD: AASW CPD hours: 14. Brisbane 11-12 May; Melbourne 18-19 May; Sydney 25-26 May; Adelaide 8-9 June; Perth 15-16 June; Wellington NZ 22-23 June 2017.

Treating Complex Trauma: AASW CPD hours: 14. For past participants of Treating PTSD: Brisbane 13-14 July; Melbourne 20-21 July; Sydney 27-28 July; Wellington NZ 3-4 August; Perth 19-20 October; Adelaide 26-27 October 2017.

The Shark Cage® with Ursula Benstead

Friday 5 May 2017, 9am–5pm, Preston. AASW CPD hours: 7

The Shark Cage is a framework for working with issues of vulnerability and re-victimisation in girls and women. It gives professionals and clients the knowledge and tools to feel empowered to decrease the likelihood of further victimisation. Visit Ursula Benstead's website

Mind Performance training: Clinical Hypnosis & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Study in Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane

Presented by Dr Alan Fahey, this training supports participants with the Focused Psychological Strategy component of their professional development. Endorsed by the AASW, RACGP; GPMHSC and ACMHN. Visit the Mind Performance website




Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

The Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development aims to develop and disseminate social work literature that provides linkages to social work research, education and practice, practice and development at national as well as cross-national levels in the Asia Pacific region. AASW members are encouraged to consider submitting work to the publication. Learn about the full aims and scope read the instructions for authors in this Taylor and Francis newsletter

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