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AASW VIC World Social Work Day Breakfast 2019

Event Details
Date: 19 March 2019
Time: 8:30 - 10:00am (8:00am arrival & registration)
Venue: The Woodward Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106) University of Melbourne, 185 Pelham Street Carlton, Victoria
State: Vic
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours

AASW Students $39

AASW New Graduates $44

AASW Members $49

Non-Members $59

Organiser: AASW Vic Branch
Further information
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The AASW Victorian Branch is delighted to invite members and the wider social work community to join us for our annual World Social Work Day breakfast celebration.

Our guest speaker will be social worker and fierce advocate for rights of people seeking asylum, refugees and Indigenous Australians Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM - CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

The winner of our inaugural Victorian Branch Social Worker of the Year Award 2019 will also be presented on this day.


The theme of World Social Work Day 2019 is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.

Keynote speaker

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM

Kon, a social worker, is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and a a fierce advocate for rights of people seeking asylum, refugees and Indigenous Australians. Kon is also a human rights lawyer, social worker, Board Member for Children’s Ground, philanthropist, masseur and cooking enthusiast.

Kon is proudly Greek, growing up in a working class family in a small country town in Victoria. Kon’s personal experience of racism and witnessing the exploitation of his parents in factories, as well as his grandparents’ experience as refugees who fled the Pontian genocide in Anatolia, planted the seeds for his passion for human rights.

Inspired by the struggles of his parents and his own childhood experiences of racism, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) at 28. Then a TAFE teacher, Kon discovered that people seeking asylum were living in the community with no basic support. This led to the creation of a student-run and community funded food bank, launched from a tiny shop in Footscray with only a few boxes of food. That same year, the ASRC was established on 8 June, 2001.

From humble beginnings, the ASRC today has grown into both a place and a movement. It is largest independent human rights organisation in Australia, and has supported and empowered over 12,000 people seeking asylum and refugees in the last 15 years.

Kon has been recognised as an Australian of the Year (Victoria) finalist in 2007, was invited to participate in the 2020 Summit in 2008, was voted one of Australia’s 20 Unsung Heroes as part of the launch of the new Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2008, and was voted as one of Melbourne’s 100 most influential people in The Age Melbourne Magazine. Kon was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 and an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s prestigious Human Rights Medal. Most recently, he has been awarded the City of Maribyrnong Citizen of the Year 2016 and the La Trobe University Young Achiever Award 2016.

Over his lifetime, Kon has completed six degrees including a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Business Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, particularly Greek cuisine and often hosts dinners to fundraise for other causes, including women affected by domestic violence. Kon also volunteers his time as a Board member of Children’s Ground, an organisation that supports Indigenous children and runs a small philanthropic trust that focuses on women and Indigenous rights.


The Woodward Centre
South and West Rooms
10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106)
University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053

We recommend travelling by public transport where possible as building/road works are taking place in the area.

Tram: The closest tram stops are located on Swanston Street (stop #3 Lincoln Square/Pelham Street) and Haymarket/Elizabeth Street (stop #9) and the closest train station is Melbourne Central Station.

Train: The closest train station is Melbourne Central Station.

For those who are driving, please be aware that Grattan Street is currently closed between Royal Parade and Leicester Street for the Metro Train Project Works. There are a number of metered car parks on Royal Parade and surrounding streets. Ticketed public parking is available at three locations within the University of Melbourne Parkville campus from 6am onwards.

Here is a map of the area around the Woodward Conference Centre. For further queries around parking and access, please enquire with the venue directly on 8344 5254 or email


Register via the panel to the right of this page.

Registrations close midday on Thursday 14 March 2019. If you have missed this deadline please phone Rosanna at the AASW Vic Branch on 9320 1012 to discuss.

1.5+ CPD hours. Category 3: Professional Identity/World Social Work Day Event.

A hot plated breakfast will be served. Please indicate any dietary requirements on your registration form.

Student Special Consideration Places

Up to five free places have been allocated for social work students who would like to attend this breakfast, in return for contributing to the smooth running of the event on the day. This will give you first hand exposure to experienced practitioners & committee members in a practical environment. Tasks could include assisting on registration desk, ushering, roving mike, timekeeping, set up/pack up etc. To apply please complete and email this form to

More Information

The Victorian Branch Management Committee is pleased to be hosting this annual event and look forward to the opportunity to meet those of you who can join us to celebrate the significant and enduring contribution of social work in Victoria.

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