Expression of Interest – Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal

Logo MSDNominations sought for the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal (SWCDT)


The SWCDT is a statutory tribunal, originally established under the Social Workers Registration Act 2003.

The function of the SWCDT is to exercise the disciplinary powers over social workers conferred by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003, which was amended in May 2019 by the Social Workers Registration Legislation Act 2019. The SWCDT acts as pool from which members are picked to hear individual cases.


The Minister of Social Development would like to appoint two lay members to the SWCDT, as currently serving members of the SWCDT are due to complete their term of appointment.

Please note that candidates for appointment must demonstrate their:

  • understanding of, and a commitment to, the status of Māori as tangata whenua
  • established networks with iwi, hapū and Māori organisations
  • ability to engage effectively with Pacific peoples and other ethnic and cultural groups in New Zealand
  • knowledge and experience of matters likely to come before the Tribunal and an understanding of the role of the Tribunal and its accountability to the public
  • A commitment to fair process and unbiased decision-making, and to ongoing professional development in these areas; and
  • leadership and/or decision-making experience, especially in terms of ability to evaluate personalities & character.

Nominations are due by Sunday 25 October 2020

Should you wish to apply, please complete the online application process>> and upload copies of your cover letter, and CV.