Membership news


Renew now at the super early bird rate!

Renew your AASW membership before Wednesday 31 May and receive the super early bird rate.

Alternatively, we can do it for you. Phone or email the membership team on 1800 630 124. Membership fees are tax deductible, and if paying by 30 June, can be claimed this financial year.

Responses to frequently asked questions and more can be found in the renewal e-Bulletin


Social policy and advocacy


Social work in the federal budget 

The 2017 budget papers contain several items of relevance to members. These incude the Telehealth initiative that was announced last month; lifting the freeze on indexation of the Medicare rebate, increased funding to the family court for children affected by family violence or child abuse, and an expanded rate of mental health conditions for which veterans can access mental health services. Find out more on our Federal budget page.

Submissions in progress

Australia's humanitarian program

The government is inviting interested workers and organisations to provide input to the planning of its resettlement services for refugees and its humanitarian program. They specify that this does not include people who are currently part of its regional processing arrangements on Manus Island or Nauru. If you would like to contribute to the AASW's submission, please email Angela Scarfe. For more information, read the discussion paper on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website. 

AASW in the media

Budget tweet
ABC, 9 May 2017
President Karen Healy's tweet was quoted by ABC's budget discussion


Mental health social work


Medicare: social work & video conferencing

Social workers are included in the new arrangement that extends the Medicare rebate for psychological services to include sessions delivered by online video-conferencing. Read more about Medicare telehealth items on the AASW website or read the Health Minister's media release.

CPD events

The business of social work: Workshops for self employed social workers
25–26 August 2017, Melbourne. CPD hours: 14
The MHSWiPP group is organising this workshop to present business information and networking opportunities to social workers in the private sector. The organiser, the Mental Health Social Workers in Private Practice (MHSWiPP) group, is currently seeking expressions of interest from presenters by 31 May.

Social work and the NDIS: Opportunities and information on navigating the system
15 July 2017, Sydney. CPD hours: 7
This business-oriented workshop will provide information on the opportunities for social workers who want to work under the NDIS. It will guide you on what you need to do to become an NDIS provider. Expressions of interest open from presenters by 31 May.


Research opportunities


The AASW endorses research opportunities such as the ones below and publishes these on the  website. Participating in research can count towards your CPD for Category 3: Professional Identity.

Advancing social work research

A national research team coordinated by Professor Clare Tilbury of Griffith University will consult with service leaders, policy makers, research end-users, and academics in this ARC-funded research project which is seen as vital to building the knowledge foundations of social work as a discipline and profession. Find out more about the advancing social work research project 

Green social work study

Griffith University researchers are seeking social workers who identify as working from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable perspective and who are willing to share examples of practice. Participation requires a 60–90 minute interview, face-to-face or via phone or Skype.

Promote your research to social workers

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


Stand out from the crowd


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Become an AASW member today and show you are qualified, accountable to a code of ethics and committed to your professional development - and most of all, you value client safety and quality practice.





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