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Australian Institute of Social Relations – Professional Education and Training

The Australian Institute of Social Relations is a registered training organisation that provides training to the community, health and family law sectors. It partners with Relationships Australia NSW and WA to deliver nationally recognised training across the nation. 

Online course enrolments
Workforce development enrolments
Nationally recognised qualification enrolments
Parchments issued (Nationally Recognised Qualifications)

What our students say …  

Excellent, improved my social work skills. 

Being able to complete placement at Relationships Australia was great. 

Thank you for the great training. Clear explanations and relatable to real life. 

The facilitators knew the program and content well and were able to share experiences from their practice

Trainers are knowledgeable and professional. Also, the whole training is very flexible which allows me to work at my own pace.

Good mix of course content and delivery, i.e. onsite, Moodle, webinars. I felt this provided a broad opportunity for learning.  

1076 Students enrolled in nationally recognised qualifications and workforce development

  • Mainstream 56%
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse 30%
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander 14%

Students who received a nationally recognised qualification parchment

  • From non-disadvantaged backgrounds 63.4%
  • From disadvantaged backgrounds 36.66%

Jaz earned her qualification with the Institute

As part of her training, Jazmyn earned her Certification III in Community Services at the Institute. The learning experience enabled Jazmyn to meet others in the same field, discuss similar experiences and gave her an employment focus.

A traineeship with Relationships Australia South Australia gave her the skills, experience and qualifications required to enter full-time work. Now working as a Client Services Officer at Relationships Australia, Jazmyn is the first point of contact for clients that are in need.

Training and Education Highlights

From Gender Dysphoria to Gender Euphoria: A Workshop with Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad & Elsa Almas 

This workshop was part of national tour organised by Relationships Australia. Esben Esther Pirelli and Elsa BenestadNorwegian physicians, sexologists and partners in both life and work, facilitated workshops for workers interested in aspects of gender diversity 

Esben Esther and Elsa also participated in RASARAMA (our All of Staff Day)Highly engaging presenters, they made learning about these issues accessible and helpful to a broad cross section of people.  

Northern Schools Project Graduation 

The Northern Schools program took a group of 15 motivated schools’ students through Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015). The graduation took place at Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Centre, with the City of Salisbury Deputy Mayor Julie Woodman presenting the graduation certificates. Students commented on how the program had changed their livesone of the students, Isaiah Rigney, was a finalist in the Aboriginal Student of the Year, SA Training Awards.  

This subsidised training was supported by the Department for Education and the Department for Innovation and Skills. 

Working Better with Nunga Kids  

72 community sector workers and students studying at the Institute participated in the ‘Working Better with Nunga Kids’ course during 2018/19. Given the over-representation of Aboriginal people and children as clients of many mainstream community and human services, this course provides critical knowledge and skills for service providers 

The training was developed by Sarah Decrea, Practice Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Services and Karina Mitchell, Parenting Educator and qualified First-Touch Program Instructor who also deliver the training,  sharing their inherited and lived cultural knowledge to help participants develop culturally appropriate approaches to working better with Aboriginal children.  

Sarah received a NAPCAN Play Your Part South Australia Individual Award in 2016acknowledging her previous outstanding work done with Ngartuitya, RASA’s  Indigenous Children and Schooling Programin Adelaide’s northern metropolitan region. 

“Learning about Didjirri – very Powerful. Gave me some extra ideas for sharing information with others. Also I will take the circle connection into my work with children, families and staff.”  

“Prior to training unsure of correct protocol for Aboriginal People. Now confident. Aboriginal Pedagogy. Aware of story for all.” 

“Easy to understand but deep and reflective. Lots to think about and conversations to be had. Love the Yarn about trauma and aboriginal pedagogy.” 

“This is the best training I have had in a long time. Very professional and knowledgeable presenter. Very articulate, Inspiring, informative, self-reflective. confronting at times too!” 

Responding to Racism Workshop  

On Tuesday 23 October 2018, AISR hosted Responding to Racism workshop. This workshop was presented by award-winning interactive theatre performance by ActNow Theatre in partnership with Reconciliation SA to identify, respond to and prevent the racism that occurs daily. Over 80 school students, AISR students, RASA staff and members of the public attended the workshop.  

Cross Cultural Training  

PEACE Multicultural Services delivered Cross Cultural training to 100 students undertaking Community Services training through the Australian Institute of Social Relations. This training provides tools for students to understand how to work with diversity in the community services sector. 

Family and Domestic Violence in the Workplace  

The City of Salisbury approached the Australian Institute of Social Relations to deliver Family and Domestic Violence in the Workplace training to their entire workforce as part of White Ribbon Accreditation. 

Participants left the course with a high level of competence and knowledge in the following areas:  

  • knowing the possible signs of a staff member affected by Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) in the workplace, 
  • how the training can help staff prevent and respond to FDV, 
  • feeling more confident to respond to FDV in the workplace, 
  • and knowing how to better support organisational safety planning for staff experiencing FDV.

118 participants reported that they were pleased with the content covered in the course and generally found the course useful and informative for reflecting on their own practise. Of these: 

  • Male 56%
  • Female 41.5%
  • Other 2.5%