Important announcement from the ANZASW Board
Tena koutou katoa
In our first official act as President and Tumuaki we are thrilled to be able to let you know the critical decisions made during our two days of Board Meetings at the end of October. We are excited to share our vision for the transformation of the Association and our plan to meet the challenges ahead.
As many of you are aware, the Association has faced significant fiscal challenges as a result of financial, political, social and legislative changes impacting on social work in Aotearoa NZ. These changes have contributed to increased operational costs alongside decreasing income and fluctuating membership numbers. Our National Office has done an incredible job putting strategies in place to manage within increasing fiscal constraints: managing with less staff and trimming spending in as many places as possible. They should be acknowledged for their efforts to maintain the operation of the Association with a much reduced budget. However, despite these measures, the Board recognise we must take further steps to solidify our financial position and ensure a strong and sustainable future.
The Board are passionate and committed to the role of ANZASW and to this end we have made the following decisions:
Agreed a strategic plan for 2015 to 2018.
There has been much consultation and discussion amongst Board and members over an 18+ month period on this plan, and we are now delighted to present it to you, with three key priority goals around membership, voice and continuing professional development. (See final plan below: click image to download). It is our intention to use the vision, values and goals of the strategic plan as a living document against which to measure the future performance of the Association.
Agreed to a fee increase for the 2016 to 2017 membership year.
This increase will be a maximum of $1 per week, depending on the membership tier you currently pay. For example the highest level of fee will now be $362, reducing to $325.80 with early bird payment discount.
With an increase in fees what will you get?
These changes are not being adopted to raise funds and continue with business as usual. They are proposed in order to transform and strengthen our Association as the voice of social work in Aotearoa New Zealand. The changes adopted to date include:
- The development of a more modern and coherent ANZASW web presence where members can keep up to date with ANZASW activities and participate in discussion and dialogue.
- The reinvigoration of branch and roopu engagement and reinstatement of Tangata Whenua caucus opportunities.
- An enhanced online, open access journal produced by our new Editorial Collective with a stronger international profile for Aotearoa social work research and practice.
- An improved magazine style NoticeBoard where practitioners and managers can share stories and issues from practice.
- An increase in Continuing Professional Development opportunities free (or discounted) to members and with charges for non-members.
- Changes to our Competency Assessment process to acknowledge that SWRB and social work schools now assess basic competence. As an Association we plan to move towards the support and development of experienced, advanced and further expertise levels of capability.
- A sustainable Association that is strong, inclusive, and campaigns for social justice both locally and internationally and for the public recognition of the value of social work.
As a Board we cannot do all this without the collective vision and participation of all of our membership. We invite you all to join us on the journey ahead. Kia Kotahi te hoe (Let us paddle together as one).
Together we are strong.
Karen and Anaru (President and Tumuaki)