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Social Policy & Advocacy

Advocacy is a core skill of the social work profession and has been since the profession’s very beginning. Social workers have an ethical and professional responsibility to make sure that social policy does not discriminate or disadvantage members of society.

Our Code of Ethics underlines our role in promoting a just and fair society through the pursuit of social justice and effective social policy. Part of the AASW Strategic Plan is to be a strong voice for social justice and this means providing a public voice on advocacy for social issues and the profession itself. The AASW advocates for the profession at many levels that include responding and presenting evidence to government inquiries and royal commissions. We also lead the campaign for the registration of the social work profession with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

We can help you develop and write policy submissions. For more information, read AASW Policy & Advocacy: How to develop a policy submission.

Key links

Position papers and statements

Submissions & advocacy

Campaigns & consultation

Regulation of social work in Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actions

Guidance for meeting with your local MP

How to develop and write a policy submission

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers