ACWA Conference

The ACWA Conference is widely regarded as the premier event on both national and international calendars for child and family practitioners, policy makers, researchers and academics with a wide range of internationally recognised speakers excelling in research and practice related to children’s welfare. 

The last ACWA Conference took place on 18 - 20 August 2014 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney

The Conference Dinner played host to the 2nd ACWA Achievement Awards which honoured the exceptional contributions made by both individuals and organisations, making a positive difference to disadvantaged people, families and communities within the NSW Community Services Sector. 

Proceedings of Past Conferences

ACWA's biennial conference is the longest running child and family conference in Australasia and provides a leading forum for interaction between national and international human service workers, researchers, policymakers, academics and carers.

The event has continued to grow in size and prestige since its inception and is regarded nationally as the premier event for the human services sector.

ACWA's first conference was held in August 1962, a two-day event which carried the theme: The Institution in the Community. ACWA hosted a further four conferences (1978, 1979, 1980, 1989) until it became a biennial event in 1992.

ACWA hosted its 16th national conference in August 2012, with the theme Children's Rights: What's Right for Children? The three-day event was held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour on August 20.

The next ACWA Conference will be held in 2016. Watch this space for further details.

2014: Children in a changing world: Challenges for families and communities 

2012: Children's Rights: What's right for children? What's right for children, young people and families?

2010: Building a Child Friendly Australia,  Responding to Vulnerable Families - Proceedings.

2008: Strong, Safe and Sustainable - Proceedings

2006: Positive Futures - Proceedings and Photographs

2004: Knowledge into Action

2002: What Works!?