Corona Virus / Covid-19

COVID-19 is changing everything about life and work as we know it. We at ANZASW are  focused on how best to continue our work whilst supporting our families and members in the face of this unfolding crisis.

Our thoughts are with you, your whānau and all those who are affected.

As social workers, we understand the ongoing need to take care of ourselves and each other as we approach our work.

This may include:

  • Reflective self-care; keeping healthy and well-rested.
  • Staying actively connected with colleagues and support systems.
  • Creating more opportunities for discussion and support among ourselves.
  • Continuing our variety of engagements in social action and social justice work

Social Work during the Covid-19 Shutdown Webinar/Meeting Series

Overseas Travel

Phishing & Scams

There are a number of scams in circulation inviting the reader to register to receive updates on the development of Covid-19 and offering a range of products & services. “Registration” involves disclosing a lot of personal information. The sites look like official sites like World Health Organisation or Ministry of Health. The scams take many forms including insurance policies, pension plans, fraudulent charities, bogus sanitisers, gels and tests.

How it works:

Scammers and attackers are using the public interest in COVD-19 to create the following opportunistic online scams.

  • Text message scams

Reports have been received of COVID-19 themed text messages that have a link that claims to direct people to testing facilities. This link is not legitimate and instead may install malicious software on your mobile device designed to steal your personal information.

  • Phishing emails claiming to have updated COVID-19 information

Individuals have been targeted by Coronavirus-themed emails, with infected attachments that may install malicious software on your computer.

  • Fake Coronavirus maps

Security researchers have identified a new campaign where the attackers claim to have a ‘coronavirus map’ application that people can download on their devices. Instead the application is malware, designed to steal personal information.

What to do:

All emails to date have indicated the importance of only using known reliable sources of information – see Where to get Advice From

Please be cautious and vigilant and be aware of what you click.


It is advisable to talk with your employer about what you can expect if you have to self-isolate.

  • Can you work from home for that period?
  • Will you be covered by sick leave?
  • Will the ‘self-isolation’ period be leave without pay?

RNZ interview of an employment lawyer taking about employer / employee responsibilities and obligations in relation to Covid-19>>

COVID-19 & Privacy Law: What can Employers ask & tell?

Government support packages & impacts of Govt directives on workplaces

Responding to COVID-19: The Government’s legal powers

...and what is ANZASW Office doing?

Due to the announcement from the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March 2020, ANZASW Office staff will be working from home – so for us it will be business as usual starting Tuesday 24th March 2020.

In the meantime we are following the recommended hygiene practices.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

...and from the SWRB

Feeling Anxious/Stressed?

Focus on mental health to cope with Covid-19 stressors

7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety

EAP services is still running 24/7 for phone based counselling.  This might be helpful for Social Workers who are working from home.  Their number is: 0800 327 669.

It also might be helpful for clients whose workplaces are members of the scheme.