Australia's first publicly accessible registration system for community workers
After twelve months of consultation and testing of software ACWA is proud to have officially launched Australia’s first publicly accessible register for community workers at our AGM on 29 November 2014.
The register is a tool for practitioners and the public to ensure that those working in the sector are who they say they are and have a genuine qualification. This type of third party verification is common among professions that provide essential services to the community, for example, social workers, doctors, nurses and engineers.
Just prior to launching the register ACWA’s outgoing President Wendy Raine said ‘The new community workers’ register is a win for all. Read more.
How do you describe yourself to others? It's time to update our definition of community worker?
Our official definition was developed early on in ACWA's 46 year history and we believe it's time to make sure it is still relevant and captures the scope of the role.
This is not an easy task due to the diversity of roles in the community sector and the fields within which we work. Ultimately we need to have a clear description that helps define the profession. We want to make sure that a revised definition, if indeed it gets revised, resonates with practitioners, educators, employers and the public.
To read ACWA's current definition and to find out how to contribute read more.