Who We Are
ASPA attracts members from a diverse range of backgrounds and have a wide range of affiliations. Consistent with our commitment to represent this diversity eligibility requirements are kept to a minimum.
The need for a national or regional representative body has long been recognised by many in the Australian social policy community. The earlier establishment of the Australasian Social Policy and Administration Association (ASPAA) has been considered a milestone in efforts to institutionalise social policy as a discipline in Australia.* Launched in May 1982 at the Social Welfare Research Centre (SWRC) annual conference, the association subsequently published several newsletters and hosted a successful national conference with the theme, “Community Welfare Services in the Australian States” in 1985. However, difficulties common to maintaining non-profit organisations meant ASPAA was wound up after a few years. At the 2007 Australian Social Policy Conference Professor Ilan Katz, Director of the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), convened a meeting of delegates in order to revisit the idea of a national representative body for the social policy community, and as a means to promote social policy as a discipline in Australia and the surrounding region. As a result a group of colleagues, led by Professor Katz, formed a Steering Committee with the undertaking to establish the Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA), their efforts culminating in the association’s launch at the ASPC in July 2009.
ASPA is subject to the Associations Incorporation Legislation. Incorporated in New South Wales, ASPA has adopted the NSW Office of Fair Trading’s Model Rules as its constitution. Tracy Deasey is ASPA’s Public Officer.
The Management Committee is a seven-member body responsible for the affairs of the association. The current committee was sworn in at ASPA’s Annual General Meeting held in July 2014.
Adam Graycar, Director, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
Alison McClelland, Commissioner, The Productivity Commission.
kylie valentine, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.
Matthew Gray, Director Research, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
Paul Henman, Associate Professor, Social Policy Unit, The University of Queensland.
Gaby Ramia, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Government, The University of Sydney.
Ian Goodwin-Smith, Associate Professor, Director Australian Centre for Community Services Research, Flinders University
*Lawrence, John (2006) Social Policy Research: 25 Years of a National Research Centre, The Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales: Sydney.