The Morrison Government has recently decided to increase the cost of social and community services degrees by 113%. This is despite the need to significantly grow the workforce to meet our community’s needs. This is a terrible idea and decidedly unfair. Can you take a minute to sign the petition to stop these increases?
Social and Community Services workers have been doing critical work throughout this COVID-19 crisis and will be vital to supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community in the COVID recovery and as we enter a recession.
We are calling on the Federal Government to abandon its plan to increase the costs of Social Work and related degrees like Social Science, Social Welfare, Human Services, Community Welfare, Behavioural Science, Psychology and Counselling.
Increasing the cost of these degrees will have devastating consequences for social and community services in Australia.
Already, there are workforce shortages in this essential sector, which relies on a pipeline of Social Work and related degree graduates to fill critical roles in the workforce.
The Morrison Government’s proposed fee hikes will only further exacerbate these workforce shortages – in both recruitment and retention – that exist in this critical sector. And it will burden workers with even higher debt from their education that they may never be able to pay off.
Workers and students deserve better than this.
Click here to sign our petition right now. Then make sure you share it with all of your workmates, friends and family – including any young students who are thinking about a career in this critical field.
If your colleagues, workmates or fellow students aren’t ASU members yet, it’s the right time to join – they can go to www.asu.asn.au/asujoin to join the union for social and community services workers and students.
PS – Don’t forget to sign our petition calling on the Government to abandon its fee hike plan on social and community services degrees. Go to: https://www.megaphone.org.au/p/sacsfeehike