Registration of social workers

What we’re doing

A Marshall Liberal Government will protect vulnerable children by introducing a system of registration for social workers.

This could involve the inclusion of social workers under the National Registration Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), the government scheme overseeing the regulation of qualifications, standards and practices for health practitioners in Australia.

Why we’re doing it

Currently, there is no legal registration for social workers in any Australian state or territory jurisdiction, which may lead to clients being unaware of the workers’ qualifications, skills and ethical obligations.

In comparison, psychology is a profession that requires registration, with penalties of up to $30,000 for individuals claiming to be a psychologist when not registered.

Registration of social workers would result in a broad range of benefits including improved public safety, higher standards of conduct and accountability, and improved professional development opportunities for people within the profession.

The longer this important reform is delayed the greater the risk to vulnerable children in South Australia’s completely dysfunctional and chaotic child protection system.

That’s why we will ensure vulnerable children are protected by introducing a system of registration for social workers.