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2021

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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