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National Excellence Awards

Every day AASW Members play vital and very diverse roles - working directly with the most vulnerable individuals, families and groups in the community, developing social policy or working in the areas of management, education, training and research.

To celebrate and reaffirm the vital role our Members play in challenging and addressing systemic and structural issues that create inequality, injustice and discrimination in our society, the AASW has established four new National Excellence Awards.

To be awarded for the first time in 2021, the aim of the Awards is to promote excellence and celebrate the achievements of the social work profession within the Award categories of:

  • AASW Social Work Researcher of the Year
  • AASW Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Worker of the Year
  • AASW Social Worker of the Year
  • AASW Social Work Student of the Year

Further details regarding the Award criteria and nomination process will be released to Members in May and will close in July.

The Award winners will be announced at the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference Dinner in November, in Brisbane.

The National Excellence Awards will complement the current AASW Branch Awards and State and Territory Awards, and winners will be eligible for a National Excellence Award in the same year.

Expressions of Interest - Selection Committees

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from our Members to form Committees, who will play a significant role in the selection of our inaugural Award winners.

Each of the Selection Committees will include relevant stakeholders, including:

  • AASW Life Members
  • Experienced Researchers
  • National Research Committees
  • Members employed in the Education & Research Sector
  • Students
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander members
  • Officeholders (Branch Presidents and Branch Management Committees, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander BMC Members)
  • National Advisory Panel members

If you are interested participating in a Selection Committee, please submit your completed Expression of Interest form to by 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday 1 April 2021. Alternatively, if you’d like to participate but don’t meet the broad criteria, please submit an EOI and we will consider your involvement further.

Responsibilities of Selection Committees

Selection Committees will play a significant role in the selection of Award recipients. . We anticipate Selection Committees will meet at least twice, with meetings held via Zoom. Throughout April and May 2021, Selection Committee members will provide input and assist with the development of Award criteria.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers