Check you meet the requirements

There are some prerequisites we require you to have before you apply. 

NZ Citizen / Permanent Resident/ Work Visa

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 OR have full SWRB registration with a current annual practising certificate.

Take the eligibility test to find out if your qualification is recognised in New Zealand

New Zealand Social Work Registration Board eligibility test (SWRB)


As a Social Worker, you can earn a salary ranging from $46,867 to $72,301. Where you will fall within this range will depend 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

Helpful Information

Reapplying ▼

Please do reapply with us, we would love to consider your application again.

When you'll hear from us ▼

You will receive an email once our recruitment team have gone through the short listing process. Depending on the volume of applicants whom have applied, this can take some time. However, we will always come back to you with an outcome on your application.

Still studying ▼

We are always on the lookout for new graduates to join us and would love to hear from you. 

Applying for multiple jobs? ▼

You can apply for as many roles as you like. We do however recommend you only apply for areas you want to work in and locations that you are happy to relocate to if necessary.

How long the recruitment process take? ▼

This depends on the volume of applications received for the role in question. As you can see from our “how we hire" page we do have a process in place that can take time. We usually would say it can take up to 6 weeks before you become part of the Oranga Tamariki whānau.

Te Reo knowledge ▼

 Having some knowledge of Māori language is not compulsory, however it is useful when working as a Social Worker


Please email us on  if you have any other questions about becoming a Social Worker.