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Submissions and advocacy

AASW advocacy includes responding and presenting evidence to government inquiries and royal commissions. Browse submissions by year or submissions by issue.

Submissions in progress

The AASW is currently preparing submissions for these inquiries. If you would like to contribute, email the social policy team

  1. Inquiry into local adoption
  2. The high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers
  3. Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia
  4. Review of the family law system
  5. Close the Gap Refresh
  6. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  7. First comprehensive review of the family law act ALRC (ongoing)
  8. Medicare Benefits Schedule Review (ongoing)
  9. Fifth National Mental Health Plan (ongoing)
  10. 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)

Recently submitted

  1. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018
  2. Aged Care Workforce Strategy - Complete (online consultation)
  3. NDIS Market Readiness - SUBMITTED
  4. Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia - SUBMITTED
  5. Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and related bill - SUBMITTED
  6. Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - SUBMITTED
  7. Future Cashless Debit Card - SUBMITTEDSocial Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017- SUBMITTED
  8. Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 [Provisions] - SUBMITTED
  9. Aged Care Reform inquiry (waiting for permission to publish)
  10. Inquiry into school to work transition
  11. OPCAT in Australia - Consultations with civil society (Convention against Torture) AHRC/Commonwealth Attorney-General
  12. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) (published)
  13. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform Bill) (published)
  14. Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia's Human Services (published)

Contribute to an AASW submission

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

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers