Don't forget to renew your membership


We offer a period of grace until 30 August to enable you to renew and retain your continuity, insurance cover, member benefits and eligibility to vote in the 2017 elections.

Flexible payment options are available and membership fees are tax deductible. Find out more about AASW member benefits and services and renew online now. Thinking of joining for the first time? Membership fees are pro rata daily.
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The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017. Learn more about the week and events in your area.


Member notices


Member Benefits

As an AASW member, you have access to a range of products and services at discounted prices through the Member Benefits Program. This also includes National Police checks, if you need to provide evidence of one for employment or volunteering opportunities. As a member you can access these checks at discounted prices. Further details are available on the Member Benefits page. 

Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service

The Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service is available to members and relevant others during business hours AEDST during the following times:

  • Monday 9.30am to 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Friday 9.30am to 1:00pm

The ethics consultation service can also be contacted by email. Information and resources can also be accessed on the AASW website.





Engage and participate in Mental Health project




The National Mental Health Commission launched the Engage and participate in Mental Health project on the 20 June. The Commission invites your contribution and welcomes your help in promoting the project throughout your contacts and networks. Consumers, carers, families, support people and other stakeholders are invited to share your knowledge and experience through this consultation. There are many ways to get involved:


Social policy and advocacy


Submissions in progress

Visit our website to view current submissions in progress or those that have been completed. If you are interested in contributing to any of these, please email the AASW Social Policy team 

Parliament calling for submissions

Parliament is inviting submissions on its proposed changes to citizenship requirements. For further information please review Parliament's website



Research opportunities


AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2017-2018 applications now open. 

The AASW National Research Committee is now calling for applications for the AASW Practitioner Research Grant 2017-2018. This is a great opportunity for social work practitioners to engage in research, and contribute new knowledge to their area or practice context with financial support from the AASW. Read more about this research grant.

Resilience in frontline workers

Researchers from Macquarie University invite qualified social workers to take part in a 15 minute online survey into resilience. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and participants have the chance to win one of ten $50 Coles/Myer gift cards.

Find out more about AASW-endorsed research participation opportunities

Participation in research is seen as an activity which contributes significantly to the social work professions' skill and knowledge base and can therefore be recorded as part of your annual CPD hours under category 3.

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.


Other CPD opportunities


Supporting Veterans 

Forced adoptions training 

Australian Government Department of Health funding will end soon which currently enables social workers to access this training for free. This eight-hour course gives a brief overview of the past forced adoptions policies and practices in Australia, and suggests frameworks and principles to guide clinical work and the development of effective therapeutic relationships. Register today.  

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