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South Australian registration campaign

The registration of the social work profession is an issue that the AASW has campaigned for, over a long period. In response to significant failures in their child protection system, South Australia is now the first jurisdiction in the country to begin legislating to make registration a reality in that state.

The Marshall Liberal Government took the registration of social workers as part of their policy platform into the SA state election, and since then we have been working with the Government and across the South Australian Parliament to ensure the best social work registration scheme possible.

The process for introducing the Bill

The introduction of the Social Workers Registration Bill 2018 was made by the Hon Tammy Franks MLC into the South Australian upper house on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 and was attended by AASW CEO Cindy Smith, along with SA Branch BMC members. Below is the clip from Facebook.

Read the Hon Tammy Franks's speech.

We published a media release on the day and our Board Director Anita Phillips was interviewed on ABC Adelaide radio breakfast on Thursday, 6 September.

The Bill will make provision for the registration of Social Workers and establish a Social Workers Registration Board.

Next steps

In the coming weeks, we will be asking all members, and especially South Australian members to engage with this campaign. We will be reviewing the Bill in detail to establish the AASW position on the best registration scheme for South Australia.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers