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Top Benefits of AASW Membership

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The AASW delivers a range of professional development opportunities to support the skill, knowledge and capability development of our members. The contemporary social work specific CPD is distributed in a range of means: webinar, virtual workshops or on demand tailored training. All training prior to delivery undergoes a quality assurance process, and must meet quality, content, and ethical standard guidelines before launch.

If you are interested in delivering training with the AASW, please review and complete the expressions of interest information.

Latest News & Updates

The AASW is dedicated to ensuring that our members have all of the information and resources that they need to excel within the social work profession. To help keep our members informed, the AASW delivers a variety of informative resources including:

Regular Email Updates

AASW Insider: A twice a month email newsletter update sent to all AASW members that includes important information about upcoming events, governance, social policy and advocacy, research and more

AMHSW Member News: A monthly email update sent to all Accredited Mental Health Social Workers that includes important information relating to the mental health sector

Upcoming Events: A monthly email update sent to all AASW Members featuring upcoming events.

Social Work Focus Magazine

Social Work Focus is our membership magazine that honours the achievements of our members and explores innovative practices, reflections, research and advice. As an AASW Member, you'll have access to the most recent and previous editions of Social Work Focus.

For more detailed information, visit our Social Work Focus webpage.

Australian Social Work Journal

Australian Social Work is an international peer-reviewed journal reflecting current thinking and trends in social work. It promotes the development of practice, policy and education, and publishes original research, theoretical papers and critical reviews that build on existing knowledge. The journal also publishes reviews of relevant professional literature, commentary and analysis of social policies and encourages debate in the form of reader commentary on articles.

For more detailed information, visit our Australian Social Work Journal webpage.

Social Work People

Social Work People is the AASW podcast series that explores the diverse world of social work and connects listeners to the people driving change and providing advocacy on the issues that impact the quality of life of all Australians.

Subscribe to the Social Work People podcast series on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

AASW Resource Library

AASW members also receive exclusive access to the AASW Resource Library, which offers centralised access to high-quality, current and free resources on a range of topics relevant to the social work profession. The AASW Resource Library also includes links to a range of AASW publications, submissions, campigns and resources organised by area of interest.

For more detailed information, visit the AASW Resource Library webpage.

As part of membership, you will also be able to access the Ethics and Social Welfare journal, Journal of Community Practice and Social Work in Health Care journal.

Berkley Insurance Australia Policies

Rest assured knowing that the AASW has you covered. As part of membership, eligible AASW members will receive Public and Products Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance with Berkley Insurance Australia. The following policies have been arranged by Sear Insurance Brokers:

  • Public and Products Liability Insurance up to $20 million
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance up to $20 million

Cost of insurance as an individual versus under an AASW policy

In the open market the minimum premium for Professional Indemnity and Public & Products Liability (including all government fees and broker charges) would begin at around $1,500 based on a $1,000,000 Professional Indemnity and $20,000,000 Public Liability limit, and premiums will increase as the PI limit goes up.

Insurance is included for eligible AASW Members, this means a Full Fee Member is saving approximately $775 per annum on insurance. Plus, members also have access to other great benefits and services offered by the AASW!

I am insured through my employer, why do I need insurance cover through the AASW?

Insurance through the AASW is similar to a safety net, you may never need it, but it's always there in case you do!

The AASW policy would respond in the event that the alternative employer’s policy did not indemnify the AASW member in that particular situation. The AASW policy would be a fallback option to consider depending on the circumstances and Terms and Conditions of the other policy and the AASW policy.

Important Information to Consider

Please consider and read the following resources:

Important Information for AASW Members
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Insurance

The AASW recommends that members consult with their accountant or solicitor regarding their insurance coverage in addition to reading these resources.

Please note: Your personalised certificates of currency for the 2022/23 financial year will be available from the Member Centre page once logged on from 1 July.

Should you have any enquiries regarding your policy, please feel free to contact Adam Mott from Sear Insurance Brokers via 03 9797 2900 or at adam@searinsure.com.au

AASW Credentialing Program

Be recognised for your skills and experience with the AASW Credentialing Program, which was developed to support leaders in the social work profession and provide a consistent way of assessing and recognising specialist skills. As an AASW member, you can apply for an AASW credential if you have a minimum of two years of full-time postgraduate experience.

The benefits of having an AASW credential include:

  • Recognition: Accreditation officially recognises you as a leader and specialist
  • Confidence: Reassure your clients and community of your skills and experience
  • Community: Be part of a community that collaborates, enriches and contributes to change and best practice
  • Career Progression: Recognition of your specialist talent and experience creates future opportunities

For more detailed information, visit the AASW credentials website.

The AASW Online Community: The Hub

As an AASW member, you'll have exclusive members-only access to the AASW online community, Social Work Australia. Be part of an online community with more than 4,000 members to connect and engage with. Join the groups that interest you, network with your peers and participate in meaningful discussions about the social work profession.

To join Social Work Australia, simply log in using your AASW member details. Don't forget to introduce yourself!

Ethics & Practice Standards Consultation

Whether you're experiencing an ethical dilemma in your workplace or have a question about practice standards or supervision requirements, the AASW is always here for you. As an AASW member, you’ll have free access to our Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service which helps members consider, discuss and process ethical dilemmas and ethical practice issues.

For more detailed information, visit our Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service webpage.

AASW Member Benefits Program

As a thank you for our member’s continuous support and loyalty, the AASW offers an exciting range of products and services at exclusive members-only prices through the AASW Member Benefits Program. As an AASW member you can enjoy generous discounts and deals on the following:

  • Lifestyle: Gift cards, movie tickets, experiences, flowers and products
  • Travel & Holiday: Accommodation, car rental, Qantas Club membership and travel insurance
  • Motor Vehicle: Fleet pricing on a range of new vehicles
  • Finance & Insurance: Home loans, home security and insurance
  • Telco & IT: Laptops, PCs and tablets

For more detailed information please visit the AASW Member Benefits Program website.

Horizon Career Centre

The Horizon Career Centre advertises job vacancies across a range of human services disciplines and locations in Australia. AASW Members can subscribe to receive job alerts based on category, location or type and can elect to receive notifications on a weekly or daily basis. Additionally, AASW members also have access to the Horizon Career Centre Locum database, which is a free service for those seeking employment on a locum basis or interested in sessional work (long term or short term).

For more detailed information, visit our Horizon Career Centre website.

Promotion of Services on AASW Directories

The AASW is committed to helping progress and promote the services that are offered by AASW Members. An AASW Membership entitles private practitioners to promote their services on our Find a Social Worker and Find a Supervisor directories. Each AASW Member can add up to 5 different listings through the Member Centre.

Find a Social Worker

The Find a Social Worker directory is used to help identify human services providers based on location, client type, services provided, specialist support requirements and language. This directory comprises of AASW Members who have elected to make their details available to the public.

To get more detailed information, visit our Find a Social Worker webpage.

Find a Supervisor

The Find a Supervisor directory is used to help identify social workers who provide supervisory services based on location, client type, field of practice, practice approaches, area of expertise, language and AMHSW status. This directory comprises of AASW Members that provide supervisory services, who have elected to make their details available publicly to practitioners.

To get more detailed information, visit our Find a Supervisor webpage.

Advocacy and Representation

The AASW is passionate about being a strong voice for the social work profession and advocating on behalf of AASW Members and the communities that they work with.

Submissions and Advocacy

The AASW advocates for key social issues and the social work profession on many levels, including responding and presenting evidence to government inquiries and royal commissions. Through our submissions, the AASW helps highlight the key issues facing the communities that AASW Members work with and acts as a driver for positive change.

To view our current and previous submissions, visit our Submissions and Advocacy webpage.

Registration of Social Workers

On Wednesday, 17 November 2021 Greens MLC Tammy Franks introduced the Social Work Registration Bill in the upper house. It was passed with 17 amendments. As a result, social work is a registered profession in South Australia. The implementation of the legislation is underway.

The AASW has continued to strive to achieve national registration and protection of title for professional social workers in an effort to enhance public safety and uphold safe and ethical practices. The AASW is currently involved in a campaign that pushes for the inclusion of social workers in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) which is being led by the National Registration Taskforce.

To read more information about our efforts, visit our Formal Registration Campaign webpage.

Reconciliation

The AASW respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians, and pays its respect to elders past and present. We are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social workers and communities.

For more detailed information on the AASW's position and engagement on matters affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, visit our Reconciliation webpage.

For more detailed information on our advocacy and representation activities, please visit our Social Policy & Advocacy webpage.

Eligibility for Medicare, Trauma Support Director, HPI-I Provider Numbers and Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling

In order to apply for a Medicare provider number or a Healthcare Provider Identifier Individual Number (HPI-I), you are required to be an AASW Member.

Medicare Provider Number

To apply for a Medicare provider number as a social worker, you are required to be an AASW Member and to have the Accredited Mental Health Social Worker credential. Depending on the Medicare programs you wish to provide services under, a social worker will either be required to undertake specific training or apply for an assessment of their clinical mental health social worker skills (Accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker) prior to being eligible to apply for a Medicare provider number.

For more information, visit our Professional Resources webpage.

Trauma Support Directory

If you are a trauma-informed mental health professional, you can apply to be on the Trauma Support Providers’ Directory, which is used by people applying for the National Redress Scheme. The Trauma Support Providers’ Directory lists a range of mental health practitioners who have qualifications, experience and expertise working with clients who have experienced complex trauma.

For more information, visit the Trauma Support Providers' Directory.

Healthcare Provider Identifier Individual Number (HPI-I)

The Healthcare Identifier Service is a national system for uniquely identifying healthcare providers and individuals (consumers). The Healthcare Identifier number allows providers to access eHealth initiatives such as eHealth record. Social workers who are AASW Members are eligible to apply for a healthcare provider identifier individual (HPI-I).

Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling

A social worker who is a CPD accredited member of the AASW can provide Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling if they also complete a mandatory training course in non-directive pregnancy support counselling provided by the Australian Psychological Society.

Find out more.

Title Protection: AASW Collective Trade Mark

As an AASW member you are entitled to use an AASW Collective Trade Mark, which allows you to instantly communicate to colleagues, clients and employers that you are a qualified social worker that is committed to upholding the AASW Code of Ethics 2020. These are the trade marks available:

  • Social Worker
  • Accredited Social Worker
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
  • Accredited Family Violence Social Worker
  • Accredited Clinical Social Worker
  • Accredited Disability Social Worker
  • Accredited Child Protection Social Worker

For more detailed information and to find out which Trade Mark you may be eligible to use, visit our webpage.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers