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Networking Event - Wednesday 01 September 2021

75 Years STRONG! Showcasing strength and longevity in social work – looking forward to the future, supporting ongoing commitment and sustainability!

2021 marks 75 years of the AASW! Help us celebrate this milestone by joining your Queensland peers for an evening of networking, either face to face or online.

Hear reflections about their remarkable careers, the AASW and the next decade of social work in Australia from Linda Ford, Professor Karen Healy, Dr Fotina Hardy, the Hon. Matt Foley and Dr Jennifer Boddy.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to get together with your peers, reflect on our achievements and future opportunities and challenges, and hear from our outstanding panellists.

  • For more information and to register for the In Person Event click here
  • For more information and to register for the Online Event click here

POSTED 06/08/2021

Call for First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee Members

The terms of reference provide further detail on the key purpose and functions of each of the sub committees.

If you would like to submit an EOI for any of the above sub-committees, please email Rachel on aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au.

For further information and the purpose of sub-committees please see here.

POSTED 05/08/2021

75th Anniversary Multi-Modal Challenge

Judging is NOW CLOSED.... the favourites to be notified on Wednesday 14 July 2021

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VG7XQY

The AASW - 75 years STRONG! - Showcasing strength and longevity in social work – looking forward to the future, and supporting ongoing commitment and sustainability! Voting open unti Monday 12 July 2021!

**Winners will be advised on Wednesday 14 July 2021
POSTED 06/07/2021

The AASW - 75 years STRONG!

Showcasing strength and longevity in social work – looking forward to the future, and supporting ongoing commitment and sustainability!

This year, 2021, marks 75 years of the AASW and to celebrate this milestone, the Queensland Branch invite you to submit a creative piece in a multi-modal challenge in which you'll have a chance to win 1 of 3 gift vouchers!

The Challenge
Get your thinking caps on and your imagination running. Join in and submit a creative piece, story, artwork, song or drawing. Any mode will be accepted if it fits the criteria, some examples below:

  • Writing a story or an essay (up to 500 words)
  • Performing an original song (with written lyrics)
  • Instagram or Twitter Statements
  • Drawing
  • Writing a Poem or drama piece
  • An abstract piece of artwork

Submit your Piece - All submissions are to be emailed through to aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au.

Prizes*

  • First place: $300 gift voucher
  • Second place: $200 gift voucher
  • Third place: $100 gift voucher

*The gift card/vouchers will be held by the QLD Branch to be used towards the Conference, AASW Membership or CPD/Networking Events.

Due date and timeline

  • Entries Close - 02/07 - extended to Monday 05 July 2021
  • Start of judging on Facebook – Tues 06 July 2021
  • Judging closes – Monday 12 July 2021
  • Winners advised via email – Wednesday 14 July 2021

Eligibility:

  • Eligible for AASW Membership
  • Based within the Qld Branch – *Rockhampton, west to the NT border and south to the SA & NSW borders
  • BMC, Sub-Committee Members and PG convenors eligible to enter

Criteria:

  • Your submission is to address or relate to the theme of “75 years STRONG - Showcasing strength and longevity in social work – looking forward to the future and supporting ongoing commitment and sustainability!”
  • Agree to your name and submission to be judged on a public platform – eg. SurveyMonkey and shared on a public platform.
  • Agree that the winning funds will be held by the Qld Branch to use towards one of the following of your choosing. (Membership, CPD, Networking Events, IFSW Conference)
  • Agree, if a winner, to your name and submission promoted and advertised on the Branch pages and public platform.
    POSTED 17/06/2021

New social work service highlights the key role social workers play alongside lawyers in supporting people experiencing complex legal and social issues

The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre has officially launched and promoted its new social work service. The social work service will play a key role in ensuring their clients, who are experiencing complex legal and social issues, get the support they need. The social work team is able to provide crisis intervention, short-term counselling, mental health support, tailored information and referrals, and client advocacy to clients.
POSTED 28/06/2021

Call for Qld Branch Management Committee and sub-committee members

The Branch is seeking new Branch Committee Members and would like Expressions of Interest for the Branch sub-committee's.

Branch Management Committee
The Branch has a few casual BMC vacancies open, ready for your nomination.

If you would like to nominate for the Qld Branch BMC please forward a nomination form to aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au.

Please see Qld Branch BMC Information 2020 for further details.

Branch Sub-Committee's
The Branch is seeking expressions of interest for the First Nations and Allies, Social Policy, Practice & Special Interest Groups and CPD & Membership Engagement sub-committee's.

Please see the terms of reference for further detail on the key purpose and functions of each sub-committee. To submit an EOI please email aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au
Posted 15/06/2021

National Reconciliation Week 2021

The AASW Queensland Branch, First Nations and Allies Sub- Committee contributes to relevant AASW responses to First Nations issues, develops policies and organising events throughout the year to celebrate First Nations people within Queensland.

Please see here for further information on the Branch's contributions towards National Reconciliation Week.

Newly re-formed and re-named - First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee (formerly RAP)

The Queensland Branch Reconciliation Action Plan Sub-Committee has officially been re-named to First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee. The change was agreed upon by sub-comm members, endorsed by the Qld BMC and ratified at the last BMC Meeting on Monday 19 May 2021.

The decision to change the name has come from a long-term deliberation around the modernity and inclusivity of the members of the group as well as the reflection of the groups intended functionalities and that the sub-committee encompasses so many activities, causes and functions, with the RAP being one part of this.

If you would like to be a part of the First Nations and Allies Sub-Committee, please make contact with the Branch and someone from the sub-committee will be in contact with you to have a yarn.

Meet the Sub-Committee: Yaleela Torrens, Karina Maxwell and Beni McKenzie
POSTED 26/05/2021

QUT Faculty of Health Student Awards Ceremony on Thursday 15 April 2021


Qld Branch President, Yasmin Dunn had the pleasure of attending and presenting the AASW (Qld) Award to Manon Engelbert at the QUT Faculty of Health Student Awards Ceremony on Thursday 15 April 2021 at the QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.

Congratulations Manon!

Photo's courtesy of QUT.
POSTED 27/04/2021

Coercive Control Network Dinner at Parliament House - Friday 26 March

AASW Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn and Queensland Branch Social Policy & Advocacy Sub-Committee Member Fotina Hardy, attended the Coercive Control Network Dinner at Parliament House on Friday 26 March.

The dinner focused on the recent announcement of the Queensland Task Force on Coercive Control.

Yasmin noted 'It was a fantastic opportunity for them to network with key services in the DFV field and highlighted that a collaborative effort will be required to push forward and implement this significant legislative and associated cultural change'.

Other organisations in attendance were Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects, White Ribbon Australia, DVConnect, Women’s Legal Service QLD, and Children by Choice, as well as Sue and Lloyd Clarke (Hannah Clarke's parents).

Key note speaker was Jess Hill, investigative author and journalist.
POSTED 29/03/2021

Grave Concerns Over Passage of Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (QLD)

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn and Chief Executive Officer Cindy Smith 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.

Please see the ABC Report and the Media Release.
POSTED 24/03/2021

Queensland Child Protection Week - 5 - 11 Sept 2021

The Queensland Child Protection Week Committee is accepting applications for the following grants:
• Activity Grants
• Regional Grants
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement

Please see further information here.
Child Protection Week > https://childprotectionweek.org.au/

Close the Gap Awareness Day - 18 March 2021

QLD Branch Management Committee Member Yaleela Torrens was proud to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Closing the Gap Awareness Day yesterday in Gladstone. Delivered by the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre, the event attracted over 20 different stall holders who proudly showcased their wide range of services and supports, to over 150 attending community members. The event was a first for the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre and hosted guest appearance from NRL Star and former Brisbane Bronco’s and State of Origin player Jaral Yow Yeh, traditional Indigenous food, and local Aboriginal dancers. Yaleela stated that “any of the Closing the Gap Day events should always be an opportunity for all services and agencies to reflect on the economic and social inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and, for all Australians to be brave enough to be change makers within your own communities’.
For more information on the service please see here and more photo's please see the Branch FB Page.
POSTED 18/03/2021

Call for Qld Branch Sub-Committee Members

The Queensland Branch sub committees provide a means to assist the Branch Management Committee (BMC) in the development and execution of key governance responsibilities. The sub-committees’ purpose and functions support and align with key AASW documents including National and Branch Strategic Plans, the Code of Ethics, Practice Standards, the Reconciliation Action Plan, The Constitution and the By-Laws. The sub-committees are supported by, and work with, the Branch Manager in meeting its purpose and functions.

The terms of reference provide further detail on the key purpose and functions of each of the sub committees.

If you would like to submit an EOI for any of the above sub-committees, please email Rachel on aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au.

ie: EOI can comprise of, but is not limited to:

  • Employment/workplace, current role, past roles
  • Experience
  • Specific Interest areas in Social Work
  • Strengths/contributions you can bring to the committee/branch
    POSTED 19/03/2021

Portable Long Service Leave for the Community Services Sector in Queensland

You and your colleagues need to be informed about the PLSL Scheme and how it works. Share this information
about the PLSL Scheme with your colleagues and friends who work in the Community Services Industry.

Portable Long Service Leave in Queensland started on 01 January 2021, please see here for further information.
Posted 03/03/2021

ABS Census Data Collection 2021

AASW welcomes the changes in the ABS Census Data Collection 2021 in relation to its conceptions of Sex, Gender, Variations of sex characteristics and Sexual orientation. This is a positive step to ensure that the Census can accurately represent the diversity of the Australian community. We encourage other government departments to adopt these definitions in their lines of work to ensure inclusivity.

https://www.abs.gov.au/.../standard-sex-gender.../2020...
POSTED 27/01/2021

Upcoming Online Workshops/Webinars

2021/2022 Events calendar coming soon!

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