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Submissions and advocacy

In our commitment to social justice and human rights, the AASW advocates for key social issues and the profession at many levels, including responding and presenting evidence to government inquiries and royal commissions.

You can browse submissions by year.

Submissions in progress

The AASW is currently preparing submissions for these inquiries. The social policy team welcomes input from any members who have expertise or interest in these topics. Please contact the social policy team at if you would like to contribute to any of these submissions.

  1. Select Committee on Autism (in progress)
  2. Inquiry into homelessness (in progress)
  3. NDIS Workforce (in progress)
  4. Paid Parental Leave (Flexibility measures)
  5. Pre budget submission 2020 (submitted)
  6. Religious Freedom Bills – Second Exposure Drafts (submitted)
  7. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (in progress)
  8. Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (in progress)
  9. Productivity Commission Mental health Draft Report Response (submitted)
  10. Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System (submitted)
  11. Effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (submitted)
  12. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019(submitted)
  13. Nationhood, national identity and democracy(submitted)
  14. Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 submitted
  15. Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019 [Provisions]
  16. SA Social Work Registration Bill Submission (submitted)
  17. Submission WA Climate Inquiry 2019 (submitted)

Previously submitted

  1. Royal Commission into Mental Health Victoria
  2. Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised
  3. Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill
  4. Intergenerational Welfare Dependency
  5. First comprehensive review of the family law act ALRC
  6. Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia (Submitted)
  7. My Health Record System (Submitted)
  8. My Health Record (Privacy) (Submitted)
  9. Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission bill (Submitted)
  10. Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) bill (Submitted)
  11. Medicare Benefits Schedule Review (Learn more about the process and our submissions)
  12. Fifth National Mental Health Plan (ongoing)
  13. Australian Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s 2014 report Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities – Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services (ongoing)
  14. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018 (Submitted)
  15. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  16. The Role of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government in Addressing the High Rates of Mental Health Conditions Experienced by First Responders, Emergency Service Workers and Volunteers
  17. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  18. Inquiry into local adoption
  19. Review of the family law system
  20. Close the Gap Refresh
  21. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  22. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018
  23. Aged Care Workforce Strategy - Complete (online consultation)
  24. NDIS Market Readiness - SUBMITTED
  25. NDIS Planning Adequacy of NDIS planning September submitted
  26. Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 [Provisions] (submitted)
  27. Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia submitted
  28. NDIS Thin Markets (submitted)
  29. Submission to the Recommendations from the Report from the Mental Health Reference Group 2018 – MBS Review Taskforce (submitted)
  30. Productivity Commission Mental Health (submitted)

Campaigns & consultation

In line with our Strategic Plan, the AASW is constantly advocating for the profession and key social issues. Visit our Campaigns & Consultation's webpage to learn more about some of our other efforts

Contribute to an AASW submission

If you are interested in contributing to any of these, please email the AASW Social Policy team

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