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National Advisory Panels

The AASW has established a number of National Advisory Panels (NAPs) to provide expertise, leadership, and strategic focus on key issues that the AASW is engaged in to further the social policy and advocacy priorities of the Association, and the profession of social work.

The AASW staff will draw on the advice and expertise of the Panel members to inform their responses and actions on key activities, and appointment will be for 6 months with possible extension, depending on continuing priorities and activities.

Current NAPs

  • Climate Change Advisory Panel
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs National Advisory Panel
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander National Advisory Panel
  • NDIS Reform National Advisory Panel
  • Mental Health Reform National Advisory Panel
  • Private Practice

Private Practice Advisory Panel

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members for the Private Practice National Advisory Panel.

Criteria for membership includes:

  • Representation from members based on geographic location (ie State/Territory, rural/remote etc)
  • Representation from social workers working in private practice across a range of areas, including MBS, DVA and NDIS, with significant practice-based experience relevant to the focus of the Panel
  • Representation from social workers with relevant expertise.

It would also be desirable for candidates to have experience in research and policy development and analysis.

In addition, candidates should be a current financial member of AASW, and have been a member for at least 12 months.


Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area

Read the Terms of Reference

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au

*Please note this NAP is not currently taking new members, when a vacancy arises it will be advertised through our bulletins*

Climate Change Advisory Panel

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members for the Climate Change National Advisory Panel.

Criteria for membership includes:

  • Representation from members based on geographic location (ie State/Territory, rural/remote etc)
  • Representation from social workers employed by agencies with significant practice-based experience relevant to the focus of the Panel
  • Representation from social workers with relevant expertise.

It would also be desirable for candidates to have experience in research and policy development and analysis.

In addition, candidates should be a current financial member of AASW, and have been a member for at least 12 months.


Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area

Read the Terms of Reference

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au

Department of Veterans' Affairs Reform National Advisory Panel

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members for the Department of Veterans' Affairs Reform National Advisory Panel.

Criteria for membership includes:

  • Representation from members based on geographic location (ie State/Territory, rural/remote etc)
  • Representation from social workers employed by agencies with significant practice-based experience relevant to the focus of the Panel
  • Representation from social workers with relevant expertise.

It would also be desirable for candidates to have experience in research and policy development and analysis.

In addition, candidates should be a current financial member of AASW, and have been a member for at least 12 months.

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area

Read the Terms of Reference.

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander National Advisory Panel

In order to improve our processes for implementation of the AASW's Reconciliation Action Plan and have greater input by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander members into the work of the Association, and engagement of Indigenous members, we are establishing an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander National Advisory Panel.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NAP will consider:

  • Strategies for implementation of AASW RAP;
  • AASW responses to key Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social justice and social policy issues;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work issues and advocacy;
  • Current government policy and service system developments that include, but are not limited to: Close the Gap, Child Protection and out of home care, Youth detention, Constitutional Reform and Treaty proposals.

The NAP will take a national approach to the issues it considers and advises on, but this may also include developments at the State and Territory levels.

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander AASW members.

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers.

Read the Terms of Reference.

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au.

NDIS Reform National Advisory Panel

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members for the NDIS Reform National Advisory Panel.

Criteria for membership includes:

  • Representation from members based on geographic location (ie State/Territory, rural/remote etc)
  • Representation from social workers employed by agencies with significant practice-based experience relevant to the focus of the Panel
  • Representation from social workers with relevant expertise.
  • It would also be desirable for candidates to have experience in research and policy development and analysis.

In addition, candidates should be a current financial member of AASW, and have been a member for at least 12 months.

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area

Read the Terms of Reference.

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au

*Please note this NAP is not currently taking new members, when a vacancy arises it will be advertised through our bulletins*

Mental Health Reform National Advisory Panel

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members for the Mental Health Reform NAP.

Criteria for membership includes:

  • Representation from members based on geographic location (ie State/Territory, rural/remote etc)
  • Representation from social workers employed by agencies with significant practice-based experience relevant to the focus of the Panel
  • Representation from social workers with relevant expertise.
  • It would also be desirable for candidates to have experience in research and policy development and analysis.

In addition, candidates should be a current financial member of AASW, and have been a member for at least 12 months.

Expressions of Interest should include:

  • A brief summary of experience and expertise in the relevant area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current government policy environment and directions;
  • Knowledge of the practice issues for social workers and outcomes for clients in the relevant area

Read the Terms of Reference.

Complete the Expression of Interest form, and return to Rachel Reilly, Manager Social Policy and Advocacy on rachel.reilly@aasw.asn.au

*Please note this NAP is not currently taking new members, when a vacancy arises it will be advertised through our bulletins*

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