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Practice Standards

Practice Standards 2013

The new AASW Practice Standards 2013 were launched in June 2013 following a substantial review.

The Standards outline the practice expectations of all social workers. They are designed to guide social workers to ensure they fulfil their professional practice responsibilities.

The Practice Standards 2013 sit alongside the Code of Ethics 2010 (the Code) as an additional practice guide for members, employers and others.

The Ethics Consultation Service has been renamed the Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service and for the first time will expand to include consultation around the implementation and interpretation of the Practice Standards 2013 to guide practice, as the Code is currently used to guide ethical decision making and ethical practice.

Click here to download the Practice Standards 2013

Ordering hard copies of the Practice Standards 2013

The Practice Standards 2013 is available for purchase in hard copy form, To order copies of the Practice Standards 2013 booklet, please print and complete the product order form and email to

Product Order Form

Orders of more than 10 copies will attract a 10% discount. Postage for bulk order will likely exceed the stated $10 on the product order form. If you are placing a bulk order, please contact us on 03 9320 1077 to discuss the best and most economical postage option for you.

The review process

For further information about the review process including consultation phases, incorporation of feedback and development of the new Practice Standards framework please click here.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers