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Social Policy

The WA Branch has a strong voice on matters of social inclusion, social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.

The Social Policy and Advocacy SubCommittee meets regularly, if you would like to find out more about their current priorities please contact Robyn Hoffmann, Branch Manager.


Phone: 03 9320 1000 and ask for the WA Branch

Letters Sent - 2021

Specified Callings in the Dept. of Communities

The status of Specified Callings in the Department of Communities_ Minister McGurk

The status of Specified Callings in the Department of Communities_ Minister Punch

Social Workers in Schools

Advocating for Social Workers in WA Schools

Social Work Registration

Letter to Minister Punch

Letter to Dr Stratton



2021 WA State Election

The Western Australia State Election is being held on 13 March 2021 and this is a pivotal opportunity for a government to create conditions under which people will pursue healthy, meaningful and rewarding lives.

The WA Branch has developed its WA Election policy document (or position statement)  outlining seven key areas of concern to social workers in the lead up to the Western Australian State Election.

These broad areas are:

  • Social Work Registration
  • Child Protection, Family Services and Aboriginal Children in Care
  • Family and Domestic Violence (FDV)
  • Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
  • Homelessness and housing affordability
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Closing the Gap and Reconciliation

The position statement includes brief commentary, AASW recommendations, and links to relevant AASW statements, position papers, and submissions.

Download or View the Western Australia Election Statement 2021

As social workers, one of the vital measures of the success of any government is the social impact of their policies, so we urge you to write to your local candidates and bring to their attention the issues that social workers are most concerned about.

In particular, we ask you to raise the issue of Registration of Social Workers and highlight the need for urgent action to ensure systemic failures are addressed and vulnerable people and children are protected.

We have developed a template letter to enable you to write to your:

2020 Social Policy Summits

In February and March the branch held a series of Policy Summits with a view of informing the major political parties about what issues Social Workers want to take forward to the 2021 election. 

Our Social Policy Group identified three areas where we feel that Social Workers have an unique and invaluable perspective for shaping the lives of the vulnerable people in this state;

Aboriginal Children in Care and Aboriginal Families
Family and Domestic Violence and Trauma
Mental Health + Drug and Alcohol

Use the above links to access the letters that were sent to the Labor, Liberal, National, The Greens and One Nation Parties.

As we get responses in we will publish them below.


The Greens Response to Family and Domestic Violence and Trauma Received 17/11/2020 View Greens (WA) Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) policy here.

The Greens response to Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol  Received 22/1/21
View Greens (WA) Mental Health policy.
View Greens (WA) Drug and Alcohol policy.

The Greens response to- First Nations Children in Care Received 22/1/21


Letters Sent - 2020

Amalgamation and Restructure of the previous Dept for Child Protection and Family Support into the Dept of Communities

Reply from Simone McGurk

Submissions - 2020

Invitation to comment - Establishing a specialist Child Protection Unit.

AASW Comment on the establishment of a specialist child protection unit in Western Australia


High-Level Overview of the Feedback for the Establishment of a Specialist Child Protection Unit

In-Depth Analysis of the Feedback for the Establishment of a Specialist Child Protection Unit


 Inquiry into the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019

Submission to Inquiry into the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019


Report 44 – Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019


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Postal Address:
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