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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.

Our submission to the Social Workers Registration Bill 2018 Inquiry

The Bill is currently going through a public inquiry. The AASW has been present at every hearing, we have given oral evidence and made two submissions you can now access here.

In our submission we welcome the introduction of the Social Work Registration Bill 2018 and commends Parliament for taking such an important step to better protect the lives of vulnerable children adults and families across South Australia.

Statutory registration provides a systemic response and is much needed because: it sets and protects professional education and practice standards; it defines safe and competent scopes of practice; it ensures qualification and fitness to practice checks prior to practice; it requires minimum continuing professional development for practitioners; and it establishes a profession specific complaints and disciplinary process with a public record of registered and deregistered persons.

Our submission details the recommended amendments including: The need for greater clarity around ethical guidelines and unprofessional conduct, eligibility for registration and board composition.

We are in the processing of developing another submission in relation to some of the points raised throughout the inquiry.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers