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Social Policy and Advocacy in NQLD Branch

Social Policy and Advocacy

The North Queensland Branch is committed to engaging with critical policy, advocacy and social justice issues that impact NSW member social workers and their clients. The Branch has a strong voice on matters of social inclusion, social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians. We invite our members to contribute to the development of submissions and to participate in a range of policy and advocacy actions throughout the year. If you would like to get involved, please contact the NQLD Branch at aasw.nqld@aasw.asn.au.

AASW QLD Social Policy Subcommittee – Call for members

The AASW QLD Social Policy Subcommittee is seeking social workers from north Queensland and far north Queensland to join our committee.

The Queensland Social Policy Subcommittee is committed to engaging with critical policy, advocacy and social justice issues that impact Queensland and North Queensland member social workers and their clients.

We are seeking representative members from north and far north Queensland to join our committee to add a voice from the north on crucial campaigns.

The Committee contributes to the development of policy submissions, media releases and responses to state government campaigns. Meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm.

The group is a vibrant mix of enthusiastic and motivated social workers from across the state who care deeply about social justice issues. The committee is supported by the AASW’s national social policy team. Key areas of social policy action include:

  • Social Work Registration
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)
  • Child Protection
  • Homelessness
  • Reconciliation
  • Aged Care
  • Refugee & People Seeking Asylum
  • Sustainability & Climate Change

If you are working in any of these areas and / or have a keen interest in social policy, please contact the North Queensland Branch President, Helen Sheeran, for more information at nqld.branchpresident@aasw.asn.au

Submission to Inquiry into Youth Justice & Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/LASC/2021/YJandOLAB2021/submissions/037.pdf

Submission to the Inquiry into NDIS market in QLD. Released 9 September 2020.

https://qpc.blob.core.windows.net/wordpress/2020/08/NDISIP029-AASW-Inquiry-into-the-NDIS-inquiry.pdf

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

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.

The AASW made two submissions to the Inquiry of this Bill and is afraid that its concerns and those of other community organisations have been ignored and the legislation that passed the Queensland Parliament yesterday (23 March) may have an unintended consequence of expediting adoptions, instead of prioritising the best interest of children.

CEO Cindy Smith said the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, makes it very clear that ‘the child for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding’.

“Governments have a responsibility in the first instance to concentrate efforts on creating such environments in which children and families are supported and assisted, so that the various factors that contribute to the need for child protection intervention by the state is substantially reduced.”

“Adoption does not address the underlying cause of child protection intervention and what is needed is more resources for frontline support for vulnerable families, to prevent child protection issues arising at all.”

Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn said access to appropriate supports, case planning and casework is the priority and what is needed, and adoption should only be considered as one of the possible responses after all other options for achieving the child’s safety are thoroughly explored.

“By enshrining adoption as an option for vulnerable children in the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD), the bill runs a high risk of streamlining and fast-tracking adoption. This will disproportionately impact Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who are already over represented in the out of home care system.”

“Before making further amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD), we recommend the Queensland Government to undertake further consultation with Aboriginal community controlled organisations and experts and invest in early intervention programs, family support services and the child protection workforce,” she said.

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