Overseas Qualified Social Workers

If you hold an overseas social work qualification that is equivalent to a recognised New Zealand qualification and you intend to come to New Zealand to live and practise social work or you have been living in New Zealand for 12 months or less this section is for you.

If you have been living and working in New Zealand for more than 12 months then please use the standard online application process.

Overseas Application forms

Apply online and download the forms and templates below and mail your completed required certified documents and fee to our mailing address.

Confidential Professional Reference

Confidential Character Reference

Overseas competence application & standards 1415

Overseas Self ReflectionTemplate

Overseas Practice Study Template

Please Note: if you have been living in New Zealand for six months or more you will also need to submit the NZ Request and Consent Police Vetting form.

Request and Consent vetting form

2017/2018 Fees are shown in NZD and include GST

Application for Registration $345.00

Competence Assessment Application $255.55

Once Registered

Once the Board has approved your registration you will be provisionally registered. If you are living overseas you will not be issued with an annual practising certificate until you are in New Zealand.

As an overseas qualified social worker you will be required to complete the following before you become fully registered:

  • Complete 2000 hours of supervised social work in New Zealand
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing professional development relating to competence to practise social work with Māori
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing professional development relating to competence to practise social work with different ethnic and cultural groups in New Zealand
  • Complete a Full Competence Assessment about your social work practice in New Zealand
  • Complete the New Zealand Request and Consent Police Vetting form
  • Fee $255.55

These requirements must normally be completed within 2 years of becoming registered

Mutual Recognition Agreement between New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board and Australian Association of Social Workers

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (NZSWRB) have entered into a Mutual Agreement to mutually recognise social workers who are credentialed or registered in Australia and New Zealand.  To see if you meet the requirements please read the attached document:

Information Mutual Agreement