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2021

National Child Protection Week: Child abuse happening behind closed doors during COVID-19 pandemic, says AASW

Published: 3 September 2021

On the eve of National Child Protection Week (5-11 September), the AASW calls for urgent and collaborative action to improve child protection systems across Australia to better deal with the devastating impacts that the pandemic and lockdowns have had on at-risk children.

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Wilcannia: humanitarian crisis in our backyard, yet no substantive action being taken

Published: 28 August 2021

The escalating situation in Wilcannia requires both the NSW and Federal Governments’ urgent attention, action and delivery of resources to support the Aboriginal community in the area and beyond.

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International social work conference in November to focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Published: 23 August 2021

International social work conference in November to focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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AASW to call for national registration of social workers

Published: 7 July 2021

Australian Association of Social Workers' Chief Executive Officer Ms Cindy Smith has called for a national approach to social worker regulation, ahead of giving evidence to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Administration of registration and notifications by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

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AASW South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards 2021

Published: 11 June 2021

The South Australian Branch of the AASW has honoured the state’s social workers’ outstanding and positive contribution to individuals, families and communities, at the inspirational South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards held in Glenelg.

SA President Patricia Muncey said she was delighted to once again see so much interest in the annual Awards from members, employers and the State Government.

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OLDER AUSTRALIANS DESERVE SUPPORT AND RESPECT NOT ABUSE

Published: 11 June 2021

One of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society is elder abuse.

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June) the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is drawing attention to the marked increase in cases of elder abuse being reported across Australia.

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SOCIAL WORKER REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL IN AUSTRALIA

Published: 9 June 2021

A recent ABC investigation of a sex offender who reportedly misrepresented his qualifications and suitability to work with young people, allegedly breaching the data of dozens of vulnerable young clients and using it to groom a victim, highlights the need for our systems and procedures to better protect the most vulnerable members in our society.

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Chief Executive Cindy Smith said the story on ‘The 7:30 Report’ (7 June) is an unfortunate example of system failures which have exposed young people to risk. 

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NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK – A TIME TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER

Published: 26 May 2021

On National Sorry Day (26 May) and during National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June), the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is encouraging the community to come together to build a future based on mutual trust and respect, and an equal and full participation in society.

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AASW – CELEBRATING AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES

Published: 18 May 2021

There should be no hardship in our “lucky country” yet an ever increasing number of families are doing it tough and with each week that passes more and more are being plunged into poverty.

During National Families Week (15 - 21 May) the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is calling on all political parties to prioritise the eradication of poverty and inequality, two of biggest issues facing a growing number of Australian families.

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AASW – STANDS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION OF THE LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITY

Published: 14 May 2021

On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), the Australian Association of Social Workers celebrates and stands with the Australian and international LGBTIQ+ community in their fight against discrimination.

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AASW – ONCE IN A CENTURY BUDGET INVESTMENT MISDIRECTED

Published: 12 May 2021

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) have welcomed the Federal Budget’s multi-billion dollar, once in a century investment across social services, but believes the Government’s approach and the enormous spending proposed will fail to hit the target and not fix the root causes of societal inequality.

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AASW - FEDERAL BUDGET MUST TAKE LONG TERM ACTION ON POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Published: 3 May 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President, Vittorio Cintio has called on the Federal Government to use the 2021/22 Budget to address poverty and inequality by taking long term action to create a society where it is possible for everyone to thrive and develop their full potential.

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TASMANIAN ELECTION - AASW RENEWS CALLS FOR SOCIAL WORK REGISTRATION

Published: 15 April 2021

With the Tasmanian State Election approaching (Saturday 1 May) the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is calling for an incoming Tasmanian Government to commit to the formal registration of qualified social workers.

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CALL FOR A RADICAL REFORM OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Published: 7 April 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers’ submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee inquiry into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has called for government to seize the opportunity to build a more cohesive system of mental health support that will radically reform Australia’s mental health system. 

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CALL FOR FIVE YEAR FUNDING CERTAINTY TO AID RECOVERY

Published: 1 April 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security is calling for governments at all levels to commit to a five year funding certainty for the precarious community services sector, as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and recent devastating natural disasters.

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GRAVE CONCERNS OVER PASSAGE OF CHILD PROTECTION AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2020 (QLD)

Published: 24 March 2021

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Chief Executive Officer Cindy Smith and Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn have described the passage of the Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (QLD) as a missed opportunity to protect the best interest of vulnerable children and their families.

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CLOSE THE GAP NEEDS CULTURAL WELL BEING FOCUS

Published: 17 March 2021

On national Close the Gap Day (18 March) the Australian Association of Social Workers is calling for significant investment to reach the targets set out in the Closing the Gap Refresh, and a greater emphasis on First Nations people’s right to culture and language.   

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WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY - I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

Published: 15 March 2021

World Social Work Day (16 March 2021) is the annual celebration where social workers across the globe stand together to highlight the contributions of their profession, raise the visibility of social services and reaffirm their commitment to defend social justice and human rights.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD

Published: 5 March 2021

On International Women’s Day (8 March 2021) the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is highlighting the achievements of women leaders and calling for the advancement of women’s participation and decision making in public life.

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AASW WELCOMES FINDINGS OF VICTORIA’S ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MENTAL HEALTH

Published: 3 March 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers welcomes both the report of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health and the Victorian Government’s subsequent commitment to implementing all 65 of the crucial recommendations. 

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AASW HONOURS THE NATIONAL APOLOGY ANNIVERSARY

Published: 12 February 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) honours the 13th anniversary of the National Apology. This Day is one for reflection and a commitment to action, when the social work profession can reflect on the harm it has caused Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but also look to the future and renew its commitment to Reconciliation, to ensure that the wrongs committed are never repeated.

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AASW – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO SUPPORT DISADVANTAGED AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES

Published: 11 February 2021

With the Western Australian State Election looming, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has launched its 2021 Election Policy proposal document calling for an incoming government to take immediate action on the key issues such as child protection and Aboriginal children in care, mental health, climate change and workforce regulation.

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AASW - EDUCATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT WOULD PUT STUDENTS AT RISK

Published: 10 February 2021

The Australian Association of Social Workers, NSW Branch President, Jack Whitney is calling on the New South Wales Government to reject the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020, as it undermines the professional service delivery of social workers in schools and will put vulnerable students at risk.

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Australia Day continues as an open wound for Australians

Published: 25 January 2021

On the eve of Australia Day, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calls for the date of the national day to be changed to one which is inclusive of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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