If you have had your overseas social work qualification deemed equivalent to a recognised New Zealand qualification by the SWRB after completing a Non-Binding assessment or covered by the mutual agreement with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), this section is for you.
To apply for social work registration in New Zealand you must have the intention of coming to live and practise social work in New Zealand within two years of applying for registration. Click Here to apply for registration.
Overseas Application forms
Applying for registration as social worker in New Zealand is an online application process. Once completed you will be advised on the forms and templates required to be submitted. Some documents will be required to be certified documents and once all required documents are collated they will need to be mailed to our office for processing.
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.
Fees are shown in NZD and include GST
Application for Registration $345.00
Competence Assessment Application $255.55
Once the Board has approved your registration you will be provisionally registered and will need to apply and pay for an Annual Practising Certificate (APC) if you are living in New Zealand. If you are living overseas you will not need to apply for an APC 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: