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Expression of Interest: National Research Committee

We invite expressions of interest from Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) members to join the AASW National Research Committee. The Committee provides leadership, coordination, and strategic focus in research that promotes the mission of the AASW. The Committee’s purpose is to promote a culture of research within the profession and the association.

The Committee consists of up to twelve members and ideally includes representation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work researchers, social work university academics, and social workers with practice-based research experience.

Role and responsibilities

Are you interested in:

  • Working with social work colleagues who are passionate about social work research.
  • Contributing to the achievements of the Committee through monthly online meetings.
  • Reviewing and promoting opportunities for AASW members to participate in quality research projects.
  • Growing social work research capacity through initiatives such as AASW practitioner research grants.
  • Providing advice and recommendations to research applicants and the Committee.
  • Representing and advocating for research at social work-related conferences and symposia.

The successful applicant

The successful applicant will be eligible for membership of the AASW with:

  • Experience in social work research and or evaluation.
  • Demonstrated capacity to assess research applications and grant applications to ensure they meet the standards of the AASW and that any research advertised is appropriate and relevant to our membership base.
  • High-level communication skills and capacity to work effectively as a member of the National Research Committee.
  • Resident in Australia.

Additional information

This appointment is for an initial two-year term, with potential for renewal according to the Terms of Reference. The position requires a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month.

  • Find out more about research on the AASW website.
  • For more information, please email Vanessa Paparone, Secretariat of the National Research Committee, with your query and contact details to discuss the position.

How to apply

Send your expression of interest addressing the criteria and a copy of your curriculum vitae via email to by COB Monday 29 August 2022.

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