The Sustainable Development Goals and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Sebastian Cordoba, Lecturer and industry fellow at RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, has published a report in partnership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

The report identified the areas where the AASW is contributing towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and areas for greater focus and action.

In 2019, the AASW partnered with RMIT University and developed a social work studio placement with a significant SDG focus, in both reviewing how the association is progressing in achieving the Goals and identifying opportunities for future action. The placement used a studio pedagogy that focused on collaboration, problem solving and exploring new possibilities for action.

Over a 70-day period, students in groups undertook a comprehensive review of the AASW’s policy and advocacy actions (through policy submissions, media releases and other advocacy efforts) from 2016 to 2019, and identified how they align with the 17 Goals and 169 targets. This comprehensive review identified the areas where the AASW is contributing towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and areas for greater focus and action. The report highlights the AASW’s significant action in the areas of social security, inequality, family violence and mental health. It has also revealed key areas for future action such as climate change, renewed focus on systemic inequality and building partnerships.

The report that presents the findings from this review and also identifies future directions/recommendations for the AASW can be downloaded here.

23 July 2020

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23 July 2020

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