Our member benefits

When you join the AASW you’ll become part of an active and vibrant community of more than 17,000 social work professionals. As the profession’s peak body, the AASW is committed to maintaining high standards, ethical practice and ongoing professional development.

As well as representing the profession through our government and community advocacy work, the AASW offers numerous member benefits to support you in your career.


Be recognised for your skills and experience in your field with an AASW Credential.

Discounted CPD

Access on-demand content, live workshops and events at up to 50% discount as a member

Ethics & Practice

Receive free advice regarding ethics, practice standards or supervision.


Public and products liability insurance as well as professional indemnity insurance.

Latest News & Updates

Stay on top of sector news with regular emails, magazines, journals and podcasts.

Advocacy & Representation

We advocate for the profession on important policy issues.

AASW Community Hub

Join our member-only online community hub and statewide Practice & Networking Groups.

Digital Badges

Showcase your qualifications, experience and contribution to the profession.

Why be an AASW member?

Am I eligible?​

Membership of the AASW is available to applicants holding either:

  • An AASW approved social work qualification from an Australian tertiary institution; or
  • Qualifications from overseas that have been recognised by the AASW as comparable to an AASW approved social work qualification.

An AASW accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree or Master of Social Work (qualifying) is required for entry into the profession of social work, and to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for AASW membership.

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There are a number of discontinued courses, which also provide eligibility for membership.

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If you have completed social work studies overseas (outside Australia), you need to apply for an assessment of these qualifications to determine if you are eligible for AASW membership (for employment purposes in Australia). This serves a separate purpose to an assessment for migration, but it uses the same application form. Applicants can apply for an assessment for both migration purposes and membership eligibility (employment) at the same time. This is encouraged as it saves applicants from having to apply for another assessment at a later date.

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Students enrolled in an AASW accredited Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work (qualifying) are eligible for an AASW Student membership. The Student membership is also available to those already eligible for AASW membership who are undertaking full-time Masters or Doctoral social work studies. However, please note Insurance is not included in student membership.

A number of discontinued courses provide eligibility for membership of the AASW. All new applicants who hold qualifications pre-1974, which are less than four years of tertiary degree-level study, will be required to provide evidence of relevant employment in the social welfare field for at least 50% of the time following completion of the course.

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* Reduced fee membership provides the same benefits as full fee membership at a decreased cost for those members who are on a reduced income (under $62,608 per financial year).

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