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Victorian Branch

Branch Overview

Promoting professional excellence and social justice since 1946!

The Victorian Branch is a dynamic and active branch with over 4,000 members, managed by a voluntary Branch Management Committee (BMC) elected by the membership and staffed part-time.

We host a range of workshops, webinars, and events throughout the year as do our active Practice Groups.

We work closely with our many committees, sub-committees and working groups to support Victorian members.

We are actively involved in responding to critical social justice issues, developing policy submissions and advocating for Victorian social workers.

There are many ways to get involved - we welcome your engagement!

We invite you to contact us via phone or email.

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Making A Difference: Connections & Partnerships

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 15th Biennial National Rural Remote Social Work Gathering

Rural Social Workers Action Practice Group (RSWAPG)

Victorian Branch – AASW Ltd  ABN 93 008 576 010

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th August 2023 | Albury Entertainment Centre

Have you ever sat in with a group of rural social workers and commenced a discussion and particular themes begin to emerge?  The shared theoretical knowledge at that first gathering forming a framework - then the application of shared wisdom, intelligence that helps to move it beyond just a concept to actually making a difference possible in practice? We want to capture this at our rural social work conference in 2023.  So stop, breathe and take the time to reflect on your work practices which have had significant and widespread positive influences within our rural and remote communities. There will be many that have occurred since our last gathering in Horsham. 

This place of meeting will provide many opportunities to unwrap, celebrate and share our stories of making a difference.  Indeed, this conference is about the importance of local knowledge and relationships, appreciating the foot print we leave within communities and understanding that connections and partnerships are vital to our ability to make a difference.  


An invitation is extended for submission of abstracts or posters.  Please consider submissions in the light of the following question: What skills/knowledge will participants gain as a result of this presentation or poster?  How does your presentation demonstrate / relate to the theme of making a difference; connections and partnerships.

Presentations will be for 40 minutes (inclusive of question time).

Important Dates:

Final Submission: Friday  31st March 2023.   You will be notified of the outcome of your application after the April 7th 2023.

Abstract Submission Process:

The abstract must be submitted as a word document via email to: Metaxia Tsoukatos (

The abstract title should be in Title Case, Arial, bold 14 pt size and centred.  The abstract should contain:

  • Paper’s Title
  • Full author list, department and organisation, presenting author/s underlined,
  • Primary person’s contact details
  • Text – 200 words outlining the proposed presentation
  • Abstract titles should be followed by author’s first initial and last name
  • Abstract text must be in Arial font 12 pt size
  • The covering email must specify if the abstract is to be considered for an oral presentation and/or a poster.

Selection Process:

Abstracts will be rated anonymously using the following criteria:

  • Submissions should be relevant to the theme and objectives of the conference
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Contribution of new knowledge or practice models to the field

Submission of Full Presentation:

If successful in submitting a presentation a full copy of the presentation must be received a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the conference – 20th July 2023.  This will enable time for the conference materials to be compiled.   Presentation to be forwarded to Metaxia Tsoukatos ( – 0429 427 251) and Martin P Butler ( – 0418 572 967)


Presenters are required to officially register for either the day of their presentation or for the whole conference.

If you require further information please contact Metaxia Tsoukatos or Martin P Butler - contact details above.


We are currently seeking Expression of Interests to volunteer on our Victorian Branch Sub- committees.

The Victorian Branch sub committees provide a means to assist the Branch Management Committee (BMC) in the development and execution of key governance responsibilities. The sub-committees’ purpose and functions support and align with key AASW documents including National and Branch Strategic Plans, the Code of Ethics, Practice Standards, the Reconciliation Action Plan, The Constitution and the By-Laws. The sub-committees are supported by, and work with, the Branch Manager in meeting its purpose and functions.

Take a look at our current Branch Management Committee here

Various positions are available on the following Sub-committees:

  •  Reconciliation Action Plan Sub-committee
  •  Social Policy Sub- committee
  •  Professional Identity and Events Sub-committee
  •  Practice Groups Sub-committee

Your EOI can comprise of, but is not limited to:

  1. Employment/workplace, current role, past roles
  2. Experience
  3. Specific Interest areas in Social Work
  4. Strengths/contributions you can bring to the committee/branch

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Branch Management Sub-committees!

If you would like to talk further about these opportunities please feel welcome to contact the Victorian Branch via email: or phone on 9320 1000.

Meet A Committee Member

Introducing another of the wonderful members of our Victorian Branch Management Committee  This week we get to know Rachel Westgamble, one of our newest Committee Members and our Student Representative.  Read Rachel's biography here and below we've captured some less formal insights!  

Before social work... 
I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

I am currently completing my social work degree at...
The University of Melbourne and am due to finish in 2022.

I’ve been on the Victorian BMC since...
Late 2020 and am enjoying getting to know other BMC members and the great services AASW has to offer.

A social worker who really inspires me is...
Professor Cathy Humphreys (also an AASW member) - I would love to have Cathy's knowledge and experience, particularly in the field of family violence. 

In 2021, I’m really looking forward to... 
Completing my first-year placement and gaining a more thorough understanding of AASW.


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Contact the Victorian Branch

Victorian Branch Services Coordinator
(Monday to Friday)

Ph: 03 9320 1000 or 1800 630 124 (toll free alternative)

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

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