Becoming a Member

 Thank you for being such a great and informative association – Melinda

I wanted to share a brief moment to thank you both [Jacqui & Margaret from HO] for your ‘amazing’ support …my heartfelt gratitude. I cannot express enough. I was moved by [your] generosity & compassion – Loreen


  • Is the professional body for social workers in Aotearoa New  Zealand
  • Was established in 1964
  • Is an Incorporated Society run by members for members
  • Is accountable to members
  • Provides an independent voice for social workers
Create a ‘user friendly’ business

environment for members

Professional advice, practice notes,  resources, website, online discussion  forums, online resources eg CPD logs
Assist members to more effectively conduct  their business Professional development, discussion  forums, academic journal, publications,  conferences, research
Create in the public’s eye a positive view of

member services

Promotion of & advocacy for social workers

& the profession

Manage membership matters Ethics, quality standards, membership  criteria, member services
Ensure professional education & training is


Provision of CPD, recognition of CPD  programmes, representation on Advisory  Committees,
Advocate for social justice, human rights and

respect for diversities

Submissions, lobbying, media presence,

press releases


  • An equitable, socially just and sustainable Aotearoa New  Zealand society in which social work is a valued profession


  • To enhance the profession of social work for the benefit of individuals, family, communities, whānau, hāpu and iwi.
  • Promote the indigenous identity of SW in NZ underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Model a bi-cultural partnership
  • Facilitate professional development opportunities
  • Provide Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Provide advocacy for social justice
  • Provide advocacy for social workers & the profession
  • Develop & maintain ethical & professional standards
  • Provide discussion forums and networking
  • Produce publications
  • Promote and encourage research
  • Manage complaints about practice of non-registered members
Interact with successful social workers Research indicates that successful practitioners  are more likely to be members to access this  network you need to be a member
Be part of a strong ‘influencing’ voice A large group of social workers has a strong  voice – members can influence that voice
Increase your profile in the social work sector By contributing to online discussion, writing  articles / blogs, presenting at CPD events
Gain critical information before non-members Participating in association activities, working  groups, committees, forums increases access  to industry intelligence
Gain skills that will enhance career / personal success Involvement with the association creates  opportunities to learn new skills – eg  leadership, governance, submission writing
Gain the best first steps into you career New practitioners have access to guidance  tools, mentoring & connections through  membership

Current requirements for Practicing Members:

  • Be deemed to be fit to practice social work as a member
  • Hold a current Certificate of Competence>>
  • Complete CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Log>> including a minimum of 20 hours planned CPD per annum with reflections:
    • Critical Reflections on learning and development of professional practice
    • Reflection on the relevance of the learning to the selected ANZASW Practice Standard/s
    • Supervisor /manager / professional leader provides critically reflective feedback and signoff
  • Be receiving professional supervision in line with ANZASW>> (or SWRB  ) supervision policy
  • Abide by the Code of Ethics>>
  • Pay any membership subscriptions due

Please fill out the Application Request Form on the below link and we will send you out the appropriate application documents.

Application Request Form

SWRB Recognised qualifications

The following qualifications are currently recognised by the SWRB for the purposes of registration under the Social Workers Registration Act 2003:

Schedule 1: Current recognised New Zealand social work qualifications


Current qualifications available that have been recognised by the Board for the purposes of registration. If you intend to undertake a social work qualification these are the qualifications that are accepted by the SWRB.

Schedule 2: Historical recognised New Zealand social work qualifications


  • PART 1 – Recognised historical qualifications for the purposes of registration
  • PART 2 – Recognised historical qualifications for the purposes of registration if commenced prior to 31/12/2005 and completed by 31/12/2009