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Expression of Interest

The highly ranked journal of the AASW, Australian Social Work, is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the AASW to fill two positions on its Editorial Board.

Editorial Board members play an active role in attending meetings of the Editorial Board, reviewing manuscripts, and contributing to the ongoing development of editorial policies and the direction of the Journal.

Role and responsibilities

AASW members who join Australian Social Work’s Editorial Board agree to:

  • Contribute towards efforts in maintaining and enhancing the journal’s high editorial and operational standards as a core social work journal.
  • Provide suggestions and recommendations to the Editor and publisher staff for continuous quality improvement.
  • Be available to offer editorial advice to the Editor/s as required.
  • Advocate on behalf of the journal and its publisher in an effort to recruit readers, authors, peer reviewers, board members, and other potential partners.
  • Represent and advocate for the journal at social work-related conferences and symposia, at their university or agency, and in their capacity as a member of related trade or professional associations and organisations.
  • Undertake reviews of articles as requested by the Editor, typically 4-6 per year,
  • Participate in risk management training periodically as arranged by the AASW.


The successful applicants

The successful applicants will be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and have:

  • A record of publication in high quality national or international peer reviewed journals in social work or related areas of scholarship.
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide critical reviews of manuscripts to ensure publications meet international standards of scholarship.
  • High level communication skills and capacity to work effectively as a member of the Editorial Board.
  • Capacity to contribute to the ongoing development of editorial policies and content of the Journal.
  • Residency in Australia.
  • Current membership of the AASW and record of continuous membership of the AASW over the previous 12 months.


Additional information

Australian Social Work values the vital contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors to Australian Social Work knowledge. We are working to support such contributions to the journal and to be culturally safe and responsive in our practices. We are seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander AASW members to fill the two vacant positions on the Editorial Board and to assist that process.

The appointment is for an initial three-year term, with potential for renewal for a subsequent three-year term. The positions require an average commitment of 4 to 5 hours per month.

The Editorial Board meets three times each year (expenses paid). General membership of the Editorial Board is not remunerated. Position holders receive an honorarium.


Prof Debbie Plath, Chair Editorial Board [email protected] or

Dr Susan Gair, Editor Australian Social Work [email protected]  


How to apply

Send your expression of interest addressing how you can contribute to the Australian Social Work Editorial Board and a copy of your curriculum vitae via email to [email protected] by Monday 8th July