Introducing the new Australian Community Work Practice Guidelines
In writing a set of practice guidelines ACWA is defining a standard of practice to which it holds its members accountable. These guidelines are relevant to all community workers, however, including those in intake, support, case work, crisis intervention, team management, community development and advocacy roles.
The guidelines have been developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and exemplify what is considered good practice in the sector. They have a strong focus on practicality and the understanding that community workers will continue to build their skills in the workplace, particularly in the transition from new graduate to experienced professional. Learn more
Practice guidelines set the standards for professionalism
The Australian Community Work Practice Guidelines have been released and together with the Code of ethics, these foundation documents lay out the professional standards expected of practitioners working in community and human services and needed for a nationally skilled workforce.
The practice guidelines are new and supersede the outdated practice standards. Eight guidelines make up the framework for practice and the indicators in the document will help readers identify when the competency has been adequately reached. ACWA has also developed an accompanying self-assessment tool that is a key part of ensuring the guidelines can be easily translated into daily practice. Read more