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
    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
  • 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

New Zealand Recognised Social Work Qualifications>>

Where does the SWRB fit in?


In 2003 the Social Workers Registration Act was enacted with the purpose of increasing the accountability for the profession, enhancing the professionalism of Social Workers and protecting members of the public.

In November of that year the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) was constituted as a crown entity and as such is entirely separate from ANZASW. The SWRB is responsible for establishing the criteria for registration of New Zealand and overseas qualified Social Workers, developing a code of conduct, establishing the policies and procedures for complaints and discipline, and setting up the registration database.

Further details about the SWRB can be found at their website

At present registration is voluntary although many employers now require their staff to either be registered or eligible for registration. As part of becoming registered a Social Worker must provide evidence of having completed an approved competency assessment process.

ANZASW provides an approved competency assessment process and further details can be found under Related Items.

The criteria for Registration can be found of the SWRB website but in broad terms require a Social Worker to demonstrate that they are a fit and proper person to be practicing social work, that they have a recognised social work qualification, that they are a competent practitioner and that they have enough practical experience.

Please consult the SWRB website for the policy statements that cover these criteria.