SIGN OUR PETITION
To: The Hon. Dan Tehan, MP
Minister for Education
Canberra ACT 2600
RE: PETITION TO PROTECT TERTIARY FUNDING FOR SOCIAL WORK IN AUSTRALIA
We write to you to urge the Australian Government to recognise the important role that social workers play in our society and protect the necessary tertiary funding to train job-ready professionals.
Every day, social workers help Australians in crisis navigate the most difficult times in their lives. Social workers provide critical support for victims of family violence, the homeless and recently helped those affected by the Black Summer bushfires and residents of the towers locked down due to COVID-19.
Social workers are Australia’s safety net.
Under the Government’s proposed changes as outlined in the job-ready graduates discussion paper, social work courses will see student contributions double to $14,500 per year while Commonwealth contribution will be slashed by 91% to just $1,100 per year. This represents a serious threat to social work in Australia and it must be redressed.
Social work degrees are unique and are misclassified in the current and proposed funding bands. Social workers require 1000 hours of training placement to become qualified.
We the undersigned, urge the Australian Government to classify and fund social work to accurately reflect the important role social workers play in our society and the unique course requirements involving intensive training placements.
Save Social Work Australia