Victoria's human rights watchdog has delivered the keynote presentation at a public lecture for World Social Work Day at RMIT.
Social workers were challenged to consider solutions to social and economic crises impacting on vulnerable communities across the world, and the contributions social workers make to society at all levels.
Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, Discipline Head of Social Work at RMIT, opened the event and made reference to "the unique position the new generation of social work students in Australia have in designing and crafting a social work more relevant, more significant and more 'now'."
Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, delivered the keynote speech as part of the "RMIT Social Work Outrage!" series.
The Commissioner said she was "mad as hell" in her new role as the State's human rights watchdog.
"Getting angry comes with the territory," Mrs Jenkins said.
2020 Social Justice Award winners, Brett Allen and Katie Webster, with 2020 Social Justice founder, Joan Beckwith.
"I have been increasingly outraged at each briefing where injustice comes to my attention."
The Commissioner's speech focused on child rights and the ways in which children's needs and rights were compromised by law in the state of Victoria.
"Accounts of children incarcerated, in solitary confinement, in segregated schooling as a result of disability or subject to gender role stereotyping and segregation present a challenging agenda for the commission and we are engaged in devising strategies to tackle what are regarded as infringements of human rights," she said.
As part of the evening, Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) students Brett Allen and Katie Webster were presented with the 2020 Social Justice Award for the best essay on social justice.
Student Libby Blake was awarded the Baptcare prize as dux of third year Bachelor of Social Work.