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SA - First State to introduce Social Worker Registration

Having initially been reintroduced to the Upper House and passed on 17 November 2021, the SA Social Worker Registration Bill passed in the Lower House on 30 November 2021 and was then formally approved in the Upper House on 1 December 2021.

The Bill will come into effect after it is given Royal Assent by the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC.

What happens next?

At this early stage, apart from the news that South Australian Social Workers will need to be registered in the not-too-distant future, there is still some work to be done before the process is ready to roll out.

It is important to keep in mind that Social Worker Registration will be completely independent of the AASW and membership of the Association will remain optional.

Once the SA Government has appointed a Registration Board and the criteria and messaging has been developed, there will be a great number of communications around the process and the steps you will need to take. AASW will be keeping all Members fully informed and supported once this information is available.

In regard to registration fees, we can confirm that there will be a fee to register which will be separate from your AASW membership fees. Again, at this stage we don’t know what this fee will be, or how frequent. The government appointed Registration Board will be tasked with this decision and will keep us informed.

The Social Workers Registration Act 2021 contains all the information about how the registration of social workers in South Australia will work. Some of it is still to be determined by the yet to be established board, but the essence of the registration scheme is outlined in the Act. At this stage, we do not know how the Act will be implemented, but we will certainly keep you updated, as we are informed.

READ SA Registration FAQ's

READ Social Worker Registration Act 2021

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers