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Happy holidays!
ACWA will close for a short break over the holiday season. Please take note of our hours and if your application is urgent, submit it as soon as possible.

ACWA will close at 5pm, Friday 18 December
and reopen on Monday 4 January.


We are still working remotely, in line with government COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations, so email is the best way to contact us. We hope to return to the office (and resume our phone service) in the New Year.

We wish you a happy holiday and a happy New Year.


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What's in a name?
Welfare Officer. Community Worker. Community Services Worker.

Does what we call ourselves really matter? We think so.

Our founding members, seeing the potential for a recognised profession, formed ACWA in 1969 as the Australian Institute of Welfare Officers. ‘Welfare Officer’ was chosen as the name for those working in a welfare agency or program to promote social and economic inclusion. As you can imagine, putting a name to the profession was no small task.

A strong name conveys meaning or evokes a mental image. It should also convey status.
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