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Become a student member

From study to practice, ACWA is with you all the way.

If you are aiming for a career in community services, joining ACWA while you’re still studying can make it easier to achieve your goal.

You can join ACWA as a student member if you are currently enrolled in a relevant diploma (or higher) course.

For just $20 a year, student membership gives you access to information and professional support that can both help you with your studies and – when the time comes – help you find a position that suits your particular skills and interests.

Connecting with your peers in the profession may also help you decide which area of community work most appeals to you or suits your skills.

Community work is all about supporting others, and we extend that commitment to future practitioners like you.

Student membership will give you:

  • access to the latest industry news, research and reports through our e-news
  • full access to ‘members only’ resources to help you with your studies
  • professional phone support when you need it
  • a copy of our ethical and professional guidelines
  • opportunities to influence our policies

You will also get discounts on the police checks you’ll need to start work.

Adding ACWA membership to your resume at the first opportunity will show prospective employers how keen and resourceful you are – and that you share our commitment to exemplary practice in the workplace.

Once you graduate, you can apply to upgrade to registered membership. This will also boost your employability – membership of a professional association is increasingly becoming part of standard recruitment criteria.


You can become a student member if you are an aspiring community worker enrolled in a relevant diploma (or higher) course.

You must have at least 1 month of your course left.

ACWA takes standards of behaviour very seriously and all members must adhere to our code of ethics.

Student membership is $20 for 12 months.