National Symposium 2017


Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change

30 November to 2 December 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor
Hobart, Tasmania

Learn more about our keynote speakers and how you can share your knowledge and experience at this key event for social workers. Opportunities include expressing interest to be a presenter or a research workshop participant, or becoming a sponsor.

Registrations are now open. We look forward to seeing you in Hobart!


Keynote speakers


The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michal Kirby is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009.

In May 2013, he was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, which reported in February 2014.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs is an Australian academic specialising in public international law. She was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to July 2017.


Become a presenter


Expressions of interest are now open to present at the symposium. Download the EOI/Abstracts form. Applications should include desired session format and time requirements. All submissions are due by  Wednesday 23 August 2017.


Participate in a research committee workshop


If you are a higher degree social work student (enrolled in a PhD, Doctorate of Social Work or Masters of Research) and planning to attend the National Symposium, you're invited to express interest in participating in the Next Generation of Social Work Research workshop by 28 August.

Hosted by the AASW National Research Committee (NRC), the workshop will showcase the breadth of social work research currently underway and be an opportunity to meet other social work research students and NRC members. Read the research EOI information


Become a sponsor


The AASW is keen to develop mutually beneficial relationships with industry stakeholders for the National  Symposium. The Symposium Sponsorship Prospectus includes a variety of opportunities which will raise delegates' awareness of your brand and expose you to strategic markets, including the AASW's 10,000 members. For a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, phone 03 9320 1014.


More information


For further information about the National Symposium, please email or phone Vanessa Paparone on 03 9320 1014.


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