Equality, Inclusiveness, Respect


The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has been representing the voice of NSW non-government community service organisations that deliver services to vulnerable children, young people and their families for more than 50 years. The peak body was founded in 1958 with the objectives of supporting non-government agencies and improving the quality of services to children and young people who need to live away from their families.

Today, ACWA supports a membership base of more than 100 agencies.


ACWA established the Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) as its learning and development arm in 1987. CCWT provides cost effective and accessible training opportunities for people working across the community welfare sector in NSW and with vulnerable children, young people and families in particular.

In 1997, CCWT became a Registered Training Organisation able to deliver vocational qualifications under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

Since its inception CCWT has developed to now being the largest non-government training provider for the community services sector in NSW and is widely recognised as the industry's professional development training provider.

The objective of CCWT is to deliver professional learning that transforms people and communities for a better society.

Mission and Strategic Direction

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. We work with our members, partners, government and non-government agencies and other peak bodies to bring about positive systemic reform that will deliver better outcomes to the lives of children and young people, including those living in out-of-home care.

ACWA's Vision

A truly civil society based on equal opportunity and social inclusion that actively nurtures the wellbeing and civic contribution of all children, young people, families and communities.

ACWA's Purpose

To bring about effective reform that will strengthen the capacity of the community sector to achieve better outcomes for communities, families, children and young people, particularly those living in out-of-home care.

Our Areas of Strategic Focus

ACWA’s single most important immediate goal is to develop an engagement strategy with government and our members that will re-assert and strengthen ACWA’s role in the sector. Details illustrating ACWA's goals and strategic focus areas are available in the ACWA Strategic Directions Guide 2018 - 2021.

STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA 1 — Children, young people and families
STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA 2 — Relationships with the sector
STRATEGIC FOCUS AREA 3 — Business viability and competition

Code of Ethics

Suggested steps in using the ACWA Code of Ethics:

  1. Identify the ethical issue
  2. Read through the CoE and identify the values/principles that are relevant
  3. Discuss/consider the values/principles and how they intersect and inform your thinking
  4. Arrive at a considered position or decision
  5. Record your decision


ACWA is governed by a Board made up of representatives of NSW child, youth and family service agencies and peak organisations. Board Members are elected by members at ACWA's Annual General Meeting (usually held in October each year) and serve for two years.

The Board is responsible for guiding and monitoring ACWA's strategic direction and financial affairs on behalf of members and meets every six weeks.

The ACWA Board uses a range a resources to fulfill its governance responsibilities, as outlined in the ACWA Constitution and ACWA Guide.


ACWA works in partnership with a variety of organisations which share our vision of a civil and just society and support our ongoing commitment to systemic reform, through policy, advocacy and professional training, that brings positive change to individuals and communities. We deeply value the support and contribution of our partners.