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The Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work (The Council) is the leading body for social work education dedicated to achieving excellence and innovation in social work pedagogy, and promoting leading edge social work research.

Through our work we are committed to the development of a fair and just society that supports the achievement of human aspiration and empowers those affected by inequality. Our aim is to create a dynamic and vibrant social work profession through innovative teaching, rigorous research, and transformative engagement with communities. The breadth and quality of our social work programs provides a firm foundation for future leadership.


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Students in Social Work Education


Universities teaching Social Work Studies


Promote Innovation

Promote innovation in the delivery of quality social work education and provide ‘thought leadership’ that promotes an innovative and sustainable academic workforce that will shape the future of the social work discipline.

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Data Analysis

Collate data on social work education across Australia to inform and monitor the
delivery of social work programs strengthening links with regulating bodies within the discipline nationally and internationally.

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Spearhead Change

Spearhead the exchange of information and ideas to promote collaboration within the discipline and across allied professions.

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ACHSSW Data Collection

Since 2013 the council has been undertaking a student data collection project. The aim of the project is for members to have access to information about student numbers in accredited Social Work programs across Australia.

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ASWEAS Review Submission

The Council is committed to an outcome-focused curriculum that enables and empowers programs to demonstrate how they would meet specified AASW graduate attributes.

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ARC Engagement & Impact Submission

The Council is a body representing the Heads of all Social Work Schools across the country and their staff. As such, we bring to the table the combined expertise of Social Work academics across the nation.

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First in professional
learning and research