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
Social Workers in Schools
Social Work Registration
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.
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:
- Local candidates
- Party leaders of the Liberal Western Australia, WA Labor, and National Party of WA
- Key Ministers and Shadow Ministers
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;
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
Submissions - 2020
Invitation to comment - Establishing a specialist Child Protection Unit.
Inquiry into the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019
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