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National Symposium 2015

Event Details
Date: 27th Nov - 28th Nov 2015
Venue: University of Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 12 (if attending both days)

Fee schedule

Organiser: AASW

Event date has passed

23 November 2015

  • The week of the symposium has finally arrived. We have closed registrations - meaning we are unable to accept new registrations BUT if you started your registration and still need to finalise by making payment you still have time! If you need assistance email or phone 03 9320 1002.
  • Name registration and welcoming address will be held at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium - for further details regarding location visit:
  • The National Symposium is a key event for our profession, across all fields of social work practice and an important CPD, practice reflection and networking opportunity.

Invitation from steering committee chair, Maria Merle

The 2015 National Symposium will be held over two days at the University of Sydney and will provide a mix of opportunities to engage with others and profile social work practice excellence within a changing landscape.

Why you should attend

  • Earn up to 6 hours a day towards your CPD requirements
  • Network with 300-plus social workers from around Australia
  • Join us for cake and tea to mark the AASW's 70th anniversary in 2016
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 27 November and vote on the proposed changes to the AASW's Constitution.

The 2015 National Symposium will deliver

  • Keynote presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Social events: Symposium Dinner, Friday 27 November 2015

You do not have to be an AASW member to attend. The event is open to all social workers and social work students.


Friday 27 November at lunch time, there is a book signing at Sage Publications exhibition booth in the Law Foyer. Author Rosalie Pockett will be signing copies of her recently published book Turning Ideas into Research

Saturday 28 November at lunch time, in the Law Foyer, AASW President Professor Karen Healy will launch Penny Mackieson's book Adoption Deception.


This year's theme is "Social Workers as Leaders and Change Agents" and the Symposium will explore these four sub theme areas:

  • Organisational Leadership (leadership, systems change, change management)

  • Leadership in Social Justice and Reconciliation (social policy, activism, advocacy, achieving justice with First Nations people)

  • Education and Research Leadership (professional development, education delivery approaches, research to improve practice, policy and education)

  • Practice and Policy Leadership (clinical practice, community development, service delivery, social policy method)

Symposium program

The program will be delivered over two full days between 8.30am and 5pm. Each day will feature panel discussions and keynote addresses by our invited speakers*. The program also includes concurrent sessions across all four sub-themes that you will need to select when you register.

​​View the full Program

*speakers may be subject to change

The AASW supports the 2015 NSW/ACT CUFEG Colloquium which will be held on Thursday 26 November, 2015 prior to the National Symposium program.

Please direct any enquiries about the Colloquim event to NSW/ACT CUFEG


View the range of Sydney accommodation options near the University of Sydney, on and off campus


Sponsorship opportunities

The Symposium in an opportunity for you or your employer to reach more than 300 social workers!

You can also discuss ways you can get involved by emailing

Scholarship recipients

The AASW Board is delighted to announce the recipients of the National Symposium Scholarships:

  • Charlie Evans, social work student from Victoria
  • Elizabeth McEntyre, a presenter at the symposium from the Northern Territory
  • Ellen Beaumont, a student and symposium presenter from Queensland
  • Karen Green, a rural and remote delegate from Queensland
  • Yasmyn Parkinson, an Indigenous student from New South Wales
  • Claire Rasmussen, rural and remote delegate sponsored by AASW partner, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • Sarah Rubie, Indigenous delegate sponsored by AASW partner, HESTA

Further information

For more information, please email the Senior Manager for Education and Knowledge Development, Melissa Robertson.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers