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AASW National Symposium

Event Details
Date: 23rd Nov 2013 - 24 Nov 2013
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: Members should record hours of attendance

AU $320.00 (members)
AU $350.00 (non-members)
AU $285.00 (students)

Organiser: AASW
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Further information
  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed


As the Chair of the AASW National Symposium Steering Committee, I invite you to join us and participate at the 2013 National Symposium on 23 & 24 November, 2013. This will be an exciting opportunity to join Social Work colleagues over two days to engage, learn and participate in a challenging and diverse program of events. From our Keynote speakers to a full range of Panel Discussions, seminars and Skills workshops, the Symposium program explores our three key themes – making connections, learning and leadership.
We look forward to seein you there!

Christine Craik


Program overview

The Symposium will be held over two days, and includes a dynamic mix of formal and social activies:

  • Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Cocktail Party
  • Symposium Dinner
  • Entertainment

We are pleased to announce that the full program has now been released for the Symposium and is viewable to the right of this page.

All registrants will receive a link to our online survey where you will be asked to record your session preferences - be sure to get in quick, as numbers for some sessions are extremely limited!


Conference themes

Making Connections

Mapping the territory: emerging discourses, forging relationships with organisations, government and client populations, our sense of identity, the changing social work landscape, social media


Knowledge and skills: therapeutic/practice skills, First People's knowledges, research to practice - who is doing what in research, knowledge, brokering - policy, research and practice, professional development in areas such as de-escalation, working with had to reach groups, advocacy through social media


Sense of identity and professional empowerment: Linking the person with the professional role, strengthening and celebrating the uniqueness of the profession, discussions on organisational governance and registration.

Keynote Speakers

The AASW National Symposium Steering Committee are excited to announce our two Keynote Speakers. For further presenter and workshop details, please refer to flyer at top of page.

Rev. Tim Costello

CEO World Vision

Saturday 23rd November

Rev. Tim Costello is recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. Since February 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.

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Hugh Mackay

Author, The Good Life

Sunday 24th November

Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. Hugh Mackay is a well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of nine books in the field of social psychology and philosophy, and five novels.

Norma Parker Address

Karen Healy, National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers

Becoming a Trustworthy Profession: Doing Better than “Doing Good”

Social work prides itself as a profession committed to professional integrity, respect and social justice. Yet studies of client experiences and the findings of public inquiries suggest that our profession and the human services institutions in which we practice have, at times, fallen short of the values to which we aspire. Perceptions of dissonance, or contradiction, between the values our profession espouses and our practices can be a source of distrust and of moral injury to those who have placed their faith in us. In this Norma Parker address, I will discuss the challenges social workers face in becoming a trustworthy profession. The challenges relate both to the tensions between our profession’s values and the increasingly regulated contexts in which we practice, and also that our aspirational values can themselves be a source of loss of faith between us and those with whom we practice. In this address, I will consider the role of professional competence , personal courage and authenticity in enabling us to become worthy of the trust we need others to place in us as individuals and as a profession.


Conference venue

  • RMIT, Storey Hall Building 16, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

For a map of conference venues and accommodation options, refer to link on the right of this page


Registration cost

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED. For additional enquiries phone 1800 630 124

Please note: Early Bird registration closes 27/9

Membership Category Early Bird Rate Full Fee Rate
Member $270 $320
Non-Member $300 $350
Student / concession $235 $285

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be the main formal networking and social event of the Symposium. Held at Bobby McGees Restaurant at Rydges Hotel Exhibition St. Melbourne, 7pm start. A three course meal and all drinks included..

Cost $100 per person

Registration for the Conference Dinner is separate to the Symposium registration. Click here to register.


For further information and general enquires please contact

National Symposium Event Manager,



**Booking Terms and Conditions**

All transactions are final. There will be no refunds on completed bookings unless the Symposium is cancelled. While this information is correct at time of advertising, AASW reserves the right to vary advertised program and to add, withdraw or substitute speakers as necessary.

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