Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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  • This question is often asked in the community services sector but regrettably the answer is not straightforward. As any experienced practitioner will know, a normal caseload is not always the same as a reasonable one. Client to worker ratios have long been a source of tension in the sector as the expectations and needs of clients, practitioners, and employers differ. There is no absolute formula f...

Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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  • No matter what it’s called - fieldwork, practicum or work placement – it is one of the most valuable experiences you can have while studying. It is an opportunity to put theory into practice and practice into an organisational context; all while being guided and supervised by an experienced practitioner. Placements are the link between theory and employment. Done well, fieldwork will boost your co...

Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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  • What to look for and what to avoid when it comes to community services courses. It happens to us time and time again. We pick up the phone and it’s another graduate of a ‘dodgy’ community services related course who has just discovered that it won’t qualify them for a career in child protection in their state. Or sometimes it’s a student midway through their course desperate for help to find a fi...

Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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  • Last month saw the release of the newly updated Australian community workers’ code of ethics and now we’re following it up with brand new practice guidelines for the profession. Together, these foundation documents lay out the professional and ethical standards expected of practitioners working in community and human services and needed for a nationally skilled workforce. While the Code was upda...

Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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  • A new Code of ethics for Australia’s community services workers

    Working within an ethical framework is essential in community services where practitioners work with individuals, families and groups to maximise their potential and address social, cultural and economic issues. As the relevant professional body, the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) has set this framework for ethical practice in accordance with industry, employer, client and public...

  • Community work: rural, regional, city divide?

    Written by Sha Cordingley, Chief Executive Officer ACWA Recently I had the pleasure of presenting at Federation University’s symposium: ‘Teaching, research and practice in the community and human services sector…’ on Community work: rural, regional, city divide? This actually wasn’t such an easy topic to address; there are some obvious differences, but do they influence practice? Community worke...

Australian Community Workers Association
Australian Community Workers Association
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