Do you meet the basic qualifications to become a social worker?

NZ Citizen / Permanent Resident

In order to be considered for a Social Worker role, you must be a New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a relevant, valid working visa at time of application. We will need to view this if you are shortlisted.

Social Work Qualifications / Registration

You will have a Social Work qualification that is recognised by the Social Work registration board New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) OR have full SWRB registration with a current annual practising certificate.


As a Social Worker, you can earn a salary ranging from $46,867 to $72,301. Where you will fall within this range will be dependent on your specific skills and experience.

Hours of Work

As part of the role as a Social Worker, you will be required to work on an on-call duty roster across the team at your site. This is not a 9am–5pm job and you may be required to work longer hours if there is a critical case that you need to support.

Criminal Convictions / Background Checks

As we work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children it is vital that all those employed by us are honest and trustworthy (as defined by the by the Vulnerable Children Act 2014). Therefore as part of our recruitment process, you will be required to complete satisfactory background checks which will include confirmation of identity, verbal references and a Police Check.

Current Drivers Licence

You must have a current, full clean drivers licence

We have offices all over New Zealand and a wide range of opportunities available

What can I expect when I apply?

Click on ‘Apply Now’ and you will be directed to Oranga Tamariki’s careers page.  From here you will need to click on the vacancy you are interested in applying for and complete an online application form and attach your CV and cover letter.

From there we have 4 steps in our process.

  1. Shortlisting completed by hiring team
  2. Interview and written assessment
  3. Background checks (police vetting & two reference checks)
  4. Offer

Your application will progress to the next step if you successfully pass each stage.

We look forward to receiving your application!