The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) was formed as a national association in 1946 to represent social workers in Australia. The association has more than 10,000 members and supports the professional needs and interests of members practising in a diverse range of fields of employment and locations.
Working together for professional excellence and social justice.
The Mission of the AASW is to promote the profession of social work, advance social justice, uphold standards and build capacity of members.
The AASW sets the benchmark for professional education and practice in social work and advocates for the profession and the broader community on matters of social inclusion, social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.
The Australian Association of Social Workers aims to promote the profession of social work, establish, monitor and improve practice and ethical standards, contribute to the development of social work knowledge, research and education standards and advocate for the pursuit of social justice.
Social Work is a self-regulated profession. AASW members who meet ongoing CPD requirements are eligible for formal accreditation with the AASW as either Accredited Social Workers or Accredited Mental Health Social Workers. Social worker members are required to complete continuing professional development to meet accreditation requirements.
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers are registered providers with Medicare Australia. They have been assessed on behalf of the Commonwealth Government by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as having specialist mental health expertise. An Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) is eligible to provide services through the Commonwealth-funded Better Access to Mental Health Care and Chronic Diseases Management (Enhanced Primary Care) programs. Accredited social workers can also provide services under the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program.