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

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

Application Request Form

New Zealand Recognised Social Work Qualifications>>


  • 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



Established under the Incorporated Societies Act Established by the Social Workers registration Act 2003
Is accountable to members Is accountable to the Minister of Social Development and Parliament
Provides an independent voice for social workers Provides a voice for the public
Increases the professionalism of social workers
Promotes an indigenous identity for social work in Aotearoa New Zealand

Advances social justice, human rights and human dignity through advocacy and social change

Provides a national organisation for professional social workers to (re)present their views on social policy and practice, and to protect their interests and public standing

Protects the safety of the public by ensuring social workers are:
• Competent to practice
• Accountable for their practice
• Fit to practiceSupports social workers by operating the regulatory framework in a way that’s
transparent and accountableBuilds public trust so social workers can be recognised as skilled professionalsLifts the standing of social work by having registered professionals, similar to others, ie teachers, nurses and lawyers
Services provided Registration & Enhancing Professionalism
Provides a ‘voice’ for social workers through a range of media Registers social workers
Publications – Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, Notice Board, eNotices, website, practice notes Provides Practicing Certificates
Develops & maintains a Code of Ethics Sets professional standards through a Code of Conduct
Deliver & promote professional development activities Sets CPD requirements and monitors compliance
Provides an online CPD Log Reviews competence of social workers
o Professional Supervisors
o Social work vacancies
o Social Workers in private practice
o Local national & international CPD
Regulates the profession to build public trust in social workers
Provides professional indemnity insurance as a member benefit Receives, assesses and manages complaints about registered social workers
Contact details Contact details
Te Rōpu Kaimahi Toko i te Hāpori i Aotearoa
DX Box WX33484, Christchurch, New Zealand
Social Workers Registration Board
Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro
PO Box 3452, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand
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
    Kia tika tonu te āhua mahi mō ngā Tangata i Aotearoa nei.


  • To enhance the profession of social work for the benefit of individuals, family, communities, whānau, hāpu and iwi.
    Manaaki ngā kaimahi kia tika te huarahi oranga e hāpai ngā whānau, hāpu, iwi, me ngā hapori.
  • 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
  • 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