SWRB & ANZASW – the differences

Find out about the differences between the SWRB, the regulator, and ANZASW, the professional body.

Established by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003Established in 1964 under the Incorporated Societies Act (1908)
Is accountable to the Minister of Social Development and ParliamentIs accountable to members
Provides a voice for the publicProvides an independent voice for social workers
Increases the professionalism of social workersSupports social workers & the social work profession
Protects the safety of the public by ensuring social workers are:

• Competent to practice
• Accountable for their practice
• Fit to practice

Supports social workers by operating the regulatory framework in a way that’s
transparent and accountable

Builds public trust so social workers can be recognised as skilled professionals

Lifts the standing of social work by having registered professionals, similar to others, ie teachers, nurses and lawyers
Provides a national organisation for professional social workers to (re)present their views on social policy and practice, and to protect their interests and public standing

Advances social justice, human rights and human dignity through advocacy and social change

Promotes an indigenous identity for social work in Aotearoa New Zealand
Registration & Enhancing ProfessionalismServices Provided
Registers social workersProvides a ‘voice’ for social workers through a range of media
Issues Practising CertificatesPublications – Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, Notice Board, eNotices, website, practice notes
Sets professional standards through a Code of ConductDevelops & maintains a Code of Ethics
Sets CPD requirements and monitors complianceDelivers & promotes professional development activities
Reviews competence of social workersProvides an online CPD Log
Regulates the profession to build public trust in social workersListings
o Professional Supervisors
o Social work vacancies
o Social Workers in private practice
o Local national & international CPD
Sets programme recognition standards for social work degreesProvides professional indemnity insurance as a member benefit
Receives, assesses and manages complaints about registered social workers
Contact detailsContact details
Social Workers Registration Board
Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro
PO Box 3452, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand
Email: office@swrb.govt.nz
Website: https://swrb.govt.nz/
Te Rōpū Kaimahi Toko i te Hāpori i Aotearoa
Level 2, 318 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011
Email: admin@anzasw.nz
Website: https://anzasw.nz/