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Timeline :: New South Wales Board of Social Study and Training formed

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The New South Wales Board of Social Study and Training was the first general training body for social work in Australia. Originally suggested in October 1927 by Isabel Fidler (1869-1952), convener of the National Council of Women’s education committee, by July 1928 the board had the support of 17 people from 14 organisations interested in establishing a specialised education for social workers. The board administered general social work training in New South Wales until February 1940, when the University of Sydney adopted the role and began its undergraduate diploma of social work.


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Information supplied by Marc van Elderen, Central Queensland University.