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NSW State Election 2019

The AASW has identified the key issues for social workers in NSW and developed recommendations for the next NSW government.  

Read in full: AASW Election Platform NSW State Election 2019 (summary of recommendations below)

Check party and candidate positions on our Election Tracker 

Use our proforma letter to request response from your local candidates

Find your local candidates on the State Register of Candidates

Send any responses to us so we can update our Election Trackers (above) 


The AASW recommends that the next NSW government:

Family Wellbeing: Child protection (including statutory registration of social workers)

  • Introduce statutory registration of social workers in NSW
  • Urgently address work force issues, such as minimum entry level requirements, workforce turnover, and excessive and unsafe workloads.
  • Commit to ongoing significant investment in prevention and early intervention
  • Urgently address the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care Immediately increase in funding to services that support victims and families

Family Wellbeing: Family Violence

  • Match funding increases for emergency and short-term accommodation across the state to the number of women, children and men experiencing family violence
  • Provide additional resources for Aboriginal Community initiatives
  • Upgrade current (and ensure new) refuge facilities so they are equipped to provide appropriate care for woman who have companion animals
  • New laws to ensure that privacy laws do not compromise the safety of women and children
  • Ensure a dedicated funding stream for preventing family violence

Housing and homelessness

  • Address the causes of homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, poverty and family violence
  • Address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the homeless service system
  • Rapidly rehouse people who are homeless and provide ongoing support to maintain housing
  • Commit to a formal plan, within 100 days of government, to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in NSW over the next four years. (The plan should have numerical targets, be developed on a cross-portfolio basis within the NSW government and in partnership with the Federal Government)
  • Commit to end homelessness by taking action to prevent homelessness and delivering rapid access to the housing and support people need if they do lose their own home
  • Expand State Environmental Planning Policy 70 Affordable Housing across all local government areas (phased in over several years, so that developers can factor in the cost of the affordable housing into the purchase of the land)
  • Legislate against ‘no grounds’ evictions
  • Limit rent increases to once every 12 months
  • Introduce tighter regulations around applications for rentals to stop discrimination
  • Legislate minimum property standards to make sure all rental properties are liveable
  • Work with other governments to create nationally consistent protection for renters through legislative protections against evictions, rent rises, discrimination and landlords who refuse to maintain properties

Mental Health

  • Increase funding to all mental health services, with a focus on providing flexible, responsive and integrated services, and particularly for people in these more vulnerable groups:
  • rural-remote communities
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • LGBTIQ+ communities
  • victims of crime
  • young people
  • those experiencing poverty

Read in full: AASW Election Platform NSW State Election 2019 

If you would like to consult the AASW further on any of these issues or any issues relevant to social work practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9615 2005 or

NSW Social Workers have told the AASW what the key issues are for them in the NSW Election, and we put those questions to candidates.

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NSW Branch

P: 03 9320 1000 or 1800 630 124 (toll free alternative)

For information or support please contact the NSW branch office on the above number or by email at


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