Privacy Statement for Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)


We are committed to protecting your privacy and providing users with a safe and functional personal learning and development environment. This Statement of Privacy applies to the ANZASW site and governs data collection and usage.

Collection of personal information

By registering on ANZASW you will be required to provide us with a certain amount of personal information. We will not disclose any of your personal information to any other person or organisation without your written consent unless authorised or required by law.


In order to use ANZASW you must have cookies enabled within your browser. Please note that no personal information is stored within the cookies used in ANZASW.

A cookie is a data file that is placed on your computer by a webpage server. Cookies are not programs, spyware or viruses and are unable to perform any operation by themselves.

How we use your personal information

We will only use your personal information for the purpose for which you provided it to us.

As ANZASW users you are able to determine what personal information you make available to others. By default, unless assigned Administrator or “staff” access rights, a user may only view your Display Name. This includes listings within a Notification report or Visitor Log.

We may also collect system usage for statistical purposes however this data will not identify any individual.

Storage and security of your personal information

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal information we hold is not subject to loss or misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure or alteration.

In order to help protect your personal information, please do not disclose your Username or Password to any person other than the Site Administrator.

ANZASW Code of Ethics

Any views expressed in the ANZASW Discussion website do not constitute ANZASW policy or any formally espoused opinion of the Association.  The views expressed by contributors will not be endorsed automatically by ANZASW.  We hope that issues raised in the ANZASW Discussion website can spark discussion in your work and your communities.  However, if you are taking any information from what is discussed in the ANZASW Discussion website into other arenas, it should be described as membership opinions/experiences rather than formalised ANZASW opinion.

By using the ANZASW Discussion website you are taking your responsibilities as a social worker for your discussion to be in accordance with the ANZASW Code of Ethics and legal standards of this country.  As another aspect of your social work practice, utilising the ANZASW Discussion website requires the same ethical standards of respect for clients, colleagues and organisations (ANZASW Code of Ethics).  The same rigour with which your notes must be written within your workplace applies to your writing in the ANZASW Discussion website, which incorporates standards of confidentiality of content given the wider reading audience of members.   ANZASW is keen for members to present concerns and views with ‘generalised’ examples.  It is unacceptable to name people/ organisations or specific details that would make identification likely.  ANZASW asks you to be mindful of using non-discriminatory language/tone, given that issues are to be explored in ways that appropriately reflect our social work professional philosophy.

Where a Member posts an item in the ANZASW Discussion website that is deemed to be in breach of the ANZASW Code of Ethics the Chief Executive may initiate an investigation under the provisions of the ANZASW Complaint Management Procedures.

Changes to this privacy statement

We may occasionally make adjustments to our privacy statement to reflect changes to the system and in response to customer feedback. As such we suggest you check the Privacy Statement each time you visit this site.


If you have any questions regarding this Statement or believe we have not adhered to the above criteria, please Contact Us and we will use all reasonable efforts to remedy the issue.