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SA News and Updates

See the latest news and updates from the SA Branch including re-caps of events, Member stories, information from BMC meetings and more.

History made: Social Workers Registration Bill introduced

On Wednesday, 5 September, the Hon Tammy Franks introduced the Social Workers Registration Bill to the South Australian Legislative Council. This is a great step forward working towards a national social worker registration scheme. This did not happen in isolation; there has been a long campaign over many decades from members and the Association advocating for social work registration.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have been involved in the many campaigns, in particular the National Registration Taskforce, led by Board Director, Anita Phillips and the South Australian Branch.

A Registration webpage will be established to keep you up-to-date on our progress in South Australia. A template letter will be developed for our South Australian members to write to their local state MP and MLC to vote for the registration of social workers.

This development is an enormous step forward for the protection of the most vulnerable people in our communities and to maintain standards for the social work profession.

Read the full media release.

You can read Ms Franks's speech on our website.

Audio recording of Karen Healy discussing registration at an SA Branch event

Audio file

Audio file is also able to be streamed via Vimeo below:

(recording is 31 minutes in duration)

SA Branch e-News

Hear about the SA Branch activities, CPD events, local legislative changes, celebrations and significant occasions by reading our e-News publications. 

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AASW SA in the Media

  • Open letter in InDaily - Let Families SA staff speak out
  • Click here to read Dr Mary Hood's reasons for writing an open letter to Tony Harrison - Chief Executive of the Department Education Child Development.
  • Click here to read Dr Mary Hood's media response to the suggestion to reduce Social Work roles within CAMHS.

SA Branch Activities

Click here for informtion on the great relationship Lesley Legg (Nursing Co- Director, Mental Health Directorate) has demonstrated in her her open reignition of the value of Social workers through out the SA community especially those working in the mental health space.

Contact us

P: 08 8338 0945
Tues-Fri 8.00am-4.00pm
27 Conyngham St
Glenside SA 5065
Branch Administration Officer:
Kristen Keley

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers