All members of ANZASW gain access to the following services.
While the five yearly recertification process will cease to be a requirement once the Bill is enacted the requirement to complete professional development will continue to be an essential requirement of registration.
As a Member of ANZASW, you are given professional indemnity insurance which is tailor-made to protect you as the social worker and not your organisation and represents very good value for money.
Purchasing a similar policy without the unique ANZASW extensions would cost an individual around $2,000 per annum.
It will provide protection for social workers when there is a complaint about their social work practice – eg to ANZASW, SWRB, Health & Disability Commissioner, Privacy Commissioner, employer or giving evidence in the Coroners Court
The Legal Advisory HelpLine provides up to $2,500 in legal advice without making an indemnity claim. Phone 0800 694 294 and following the directions.
- Claim range $42,387 – $1,750
- Median claim $8,695
All members of ANZASW have access to the free online quarterly professional journal called Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal>> with articles, papers, opinions, reviews and other items of interest to Social Workers. ANZASW also publishes every two months an e-newsletter called NoticeBoard>> that contains up-to-date information about the activities of the Association. ANZASW also sends a fortnightly e-Notice email with information about social work job vacancies, CPD, conferences & notices
ANZASW is independent which enables the Association to have a voice in political and public arenas.
In all the member surveys on expectations of ANZASW members have clearly indicated that they wanted ANZASW to have a strong voice on:
- Social justice issues
- Promoting social work and social workers
To assist with this ANZASW appointed Emanuel Stoakes to the position Advocacy and Communications. This has lifted the ANZASW profile significantly.
This is a link to media releases on Scoop http://info.scoop.co.nz/ANZASW
All members are now covered by a $1500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit, including $500 spouse coverage and a further $500 coverage on dependent children. This is an automatic membership benefit of belonging to ANZASW.
Members also have the option to increase their coverage by an additional $10,000 which costs just $2 for the first year…
As at 01 July 2018 ANZASW will no longer provide a competency & recertification assessment service.
This decision has been reached after considering a number of issues.
- The Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill is proposing to remove the requirement for New Zealand qualified social workers to complete a competence assessment at the time of registration and to repeal the requirement for social workers to recertify every five years. It is anticipated that the Bill will be enacted in the later part of 2018.
- Another influencing factor is that since the Social Workers Registration Board began providing competence and recertification assessments in 2010 the ANZASW competence assessment business has become an increasingly smaller component of the ANZASW services and has become an increased financial liability.
- Exiting the competence assessment service will enable ANZASW to focus on developing more services for members.
In addition to these services, members also have the opportunity to benefit from participation in ANZASW in the following five ways. All of these benefits of membership rely more heavily on the motivation of the individual and their willingness to actively participate in the work of the Association at either a local or national level:
Involvement in developing an indigenous model of social work for Aotearoa New Zealand, with a unique code of practice set in the context of a meaningful partnership with Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa.
Participation also provides the opportunity to learn or develop skills that members may not otherwise have the opportunity to develop. Possible examples include: writing for the journal, publicity, media work, publishing, conference organisation, the governance role in running an organisation and submission writing.