AASW (QLD) is a thriving Branch with over 2,400 members. We service and represent Social Workers from the southern border north to Rockhampton. The Branch is managed by a voluntary Branch Management Committee (BMC) elected by the membership, and staffed by Branch Services Co-ordinator Mere Vitale (on leave until April 2021) and Branch Services Co-ordinator Rachel Austin.
Please follow the branch links to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you may like to get involved. Our Branch Organisational Chart is another quick way to get your bearings of the many entry points there are to engage with us.
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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.
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.
Submission to Inquiry into Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021
Based on our commitment to the rights of children and young people, the AASW opposes the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 and it is our overall recommendation that the Queenland Government implements all recommendations from the 2018 Atkinson Youth Justice Report to divert young people from the criminal justice system.
To read the full Queensland and North Queensland Branches submission, please see here.
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.
RAP Sub-committee ToR's: https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/13389
PG&SIG Sub-Committee ToR's: https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/13390
If you would like to submit an EOI for any of the above sub-committees, please email Rachel on email@example.com.
ie: EOI can comprise of, but is not limited to:
- Employment/workplace, current role, past roles
- Specific Interest areas in Social Work
- Strengths/contributions you can bring to the committee/branch
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.
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.
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