Overseas Qualified Social Workers

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 this section is for you.

To apply for social work registration in New Zealand you must intend to come to New Zealand to live and practise social work. Click Here to take you to the application page.

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.

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.

NZ Police 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