About ACWA

The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) is the national body for over 500,000 hard working community work practitioners in Australia. ACWA's role is to support community workers in every sphere of their work. We exist to advance the profession of community work and to set, strengthen and promote the educational, professional and ethical standards essential for exemplary community work practice.

ACWA encourages young people, and older workers considering a change, to consider a career in this essential occupation. Above all we believe that community workers, no matter what job title they work under or who they work with, deserve the support of a professional association to advocate for their interests.

ACWA is a membership organisation and we encourage you to join us to receive the benefits and support that will assist you in your chosen profession.

Purpose of the association

ACWA's purpose is to:

  • Promote and advance the profession of community work
  • Develop, review and accredit the educational standards for community workers
  • Establish and advance the professional practice and ethical standards of community workers
  • Support members' continuing professional development
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge and research in community work
  • Represent the interests of members and advocate on their behalf
  • Facilitate public recognition and confidence in the profession of community work
  • Advocate for social change that promotes social inclusion and alleviates poverty, injustice and disadvantage
  • Do all such other things incidental or conducive to the attainment of the Association's object