Federal election 2019
Between now and the federal election on Saturday, 18 May 2019, the AASW is preparing briefings and resources on key election issues that you can use to advocate for social justice with your local MP.
Federal Election 2019: Policy Platform
This election, we will principally be advocating for social justice in the following policy areas.
Guarantee of workforce quality
Australia is the only English-speaking country which does not require social workers to be registered to ensure public protection. The AASW's a for the statutory regulation of social workers. This will protect the public by ensuring that people working as social workers have completed an accredited social work degree, that they have the required competencies and that they maintain their level of skill.
Medicare, mental health and social workers’ role
The Mental Health Reference Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce was formed in June 2018. The AASW supports Better Access as a mechanism to meet the mental health needs of many people.
- That the next government establish a Voice to Parliament as described in the Uluru Statement from The Heart
- That the next federal government immediately start work on the action plans required under Closing the Gap Refresh, detailing how they conform with the implementation principles
- That the next federal government initiate measures through COAG to make states accountable for their achievements against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.
AASW Statement: ‘Recognise’ - March 2015
Refugees and people seeking asylum
- That the next government introduce procedures and services for people seeking asylum and refugees which meet our international obligations on human rights, protect and promote the human rights of people seeking asylum and refugees; and which ensure humane, effective care while they await a decision.
- That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the PHN Advisory Panel on Mental Health, with a focus on the social determinants of mental health
- That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the current Productivity inquiry into The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health without interfering with other reforms which are currently underway
- That the next government set a priority to guarantee reliable telephone and internet connections to all rural and remote communities to facilitate mental health service delivery
- That the next government legislate to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
People living with disability and the NDIS
- That the next government commit to a national strategy to address long-term workforce capacity issues in the NDIS
- That the next government address the system interface issues faced by people with psycho-social disability and the mental health system, the drug and alcohol service sector
- That the next government commit to implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Abuse of People in the Disability Care Sector.
- That the next government immediately increase the rate at which allowances for people of working age are paid to equal the amounts specified in the Minimum Income for Healthy Living
- That the next government abolish compulsory income management and replace it with voluntary drug and alcohol services, services for people with gambling addictions and community-based investment incentive instruments
- That the next government scrap the system of automated digital compliance in the new model and base the assistance for people to get new skills and find a job on a humane, respectful, strengths-based service.
- That the new government abolish the Community Development Program and ParentsNext and instigate respectful strengths-based job search assistance and effective job creation programs.
- That the next government implements a plan to end homelessness, paying particular attention to women and children needing to escape from family violence, and older single women.
- That the next government reforms laws around rent rises and evictions to increase security for renters.
- That the next government increases Commonwealth rent assistance to low income people.
- That the next government create and implement a national strategy to prevent elder abuse
- That the next government commit to implementing the forthcoming Recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Aged Care quality and Safety
- That the next government introduce a budget measure and policy change to ensure equitable access to mental health services for residents of aged care facilities.
- That the next government commit to reform the Redress Scheme so that it conforms with the recommendations of the Royal Commission
- That the next government legislate to extend the availability of the personal statement and apology to family members, regardless of whether the person who was abused is still alive.
- That the next federal government commit to implementing the recommendations of the Senate report on: “A Better Family Law System to Support and Protect Those Affected by Family Violence”, and the Australian Law Reform Commission’s First Comprehensive Review of the Family Law Act
- That the next government commit to using the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence as a blueprint for national systemic reforms.
- That the next government provide regular indicator-based assessments to parliament tracking Australia's performance against the Sustainable Development Goals
- That the next government adopt a climate change policy which ensures that the costs associated with a changing climate are distributed equitably.