Social Workers provide essential services to those most in need. Recently, during the 2019 bushfires and the COVID-19 global pandemic, Social Workers played a crucial role in supporting those most vulnerable in our community.
Watch our video on the important role Social Workers play in our community.
Across Australia, Social Workers are frequently deployed to disaster situations including natural disasters such as droughts, floods and bushfires.
It is expected by 2024, there will be a 29% growth in the need for Social Workers.
On 17 June 2020 the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment released a discussion paper Job-Ready Graduates Higher Education Reform Package 2020.
The paper notes that Commonwealth subsidy for social work will drop from $10,821 to $1,100 and student contribution will rise from $6,684 to $14,500 per year.
These changes will exacerbate already critical shortages of qualified Social Workers. Less Social Workers means less support for Australians doing it tough and in a post-COVID world we need more Social Workers.
So we launched this campaign, urging the Federal Government not to increase fees for social work degrees, and to save social work.
Join our campaign by signing our petition.