Association of Children's Welfare Agencies

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.

Centre for Community Welfare Training

The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is the name of ACWA’s learning and development arm. CCWT has been operating as a Registered Training Organisation for more than 20 years, delivering quality, cost effective training that is tailored to meet the needs of the NSW community services workforce, particularly those working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

CCWT provides both short courses and in-house training, as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.

Latest News

ACWA’s Family Preservation DCJ submission – have your say!

ACWA is currently working with Family Preservation sector stakeholders to prepare a submission to the Department of Communities and Justice regarding redesign of the Family Preservation service system in NSW. DCJ has recently released their Redesigning Family Preservation in NSW Discussion Paper, a key milestone in the recommissioning process. ACWA is consulting with stakeholders in an online […]

Read more
ACWA CEO opening the Strategy to Action Day on 7th March 2024

Strategy to Action Day (March 7): Event Wrap-Up

A tremendous thank you to the 100+ attendees from ACWA member agencies who attended our first Strategy to Action Day for 2024, and to the 20 speakers, panellists and Chairs who generously shared their insights, new ideas and expertise through a series of presentations and panel discussions. We were fortunate to have Brendan Kerin from […]

Read more
young girl looking through paper house cut-out

IPART Review Update

What You Need to Know and Next Steps Last Friday 9 March, ACWA sent a submission on behalf of its membership base to IPART in response to their call-out for feedback on their Terms of Reference (TOR) document, which will form the basis of their review into the costings and pricing associated with the current […]

Read more

Book now and save $250 off your ACWA Conference 2024 ticket

Early bird registrations* are now open! If you book from now until March 28, you will save $250 off the standard registration fee. The ACWA Conference 2024 returns to Sydney this June (5-7), offering a program packed full of international speakers, interactive masterclasses, networking and social engagements, plus the latest research, news and information for […]

Read more

A game-changing week

A huge congratulations to SNAICC – National Voice for our Children CEO Catherine Liddle and the team, and the Coalition of Peaks, whose push for the introduction of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner, finally came to fruition yesterday. SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and its many supporters spent years tirelessly advocating for the position, which will provide ‘evidence-based change to policies […]

Read more