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A win for community work education
ACWA has been strongly advocating against a large fee increase for community and human services degrees caught up in the Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package.

We now have the definite answer we have been waiting for: human services courses are officially exempt from the full impending fee hike.

The Minister for Education, The Hon Dan Tehan, and the Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, The Hon Andrew Gee MP, have released a joint statement which confirms students in youth work, counselling and community work degrees will fall under the professional pathway stream. Read more


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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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