Being a member of the NZSA allows you to join a professional society that is not only New Zealand based but focused on Actuaries in New Zealand. The NZSA works hard to ensure that members meet the highest standards and are relevant to the New Zealand business community.

The NZSA upholds high professional standards while ensuring we work with other regulatory bodies (like IAA, Australian Institute and IFoA). As a member you will be able to enjoy local networking events and join a society which will meet your needs, while you work in New Zealand.

Your member benefits


Regulation and professional integrity

  • NZ based professional body that looks at local regulations and requirements
  • practice in-line with NZSA professional standards 
  • effective regulation and practice certification to ensure public trust and support
  • proportionate and transparent system of peer discipline and a professional code of conduct, protects your professional reputation
  • an incorporated society and is governed by a set of NZSA rules

Supporting your career

  • A tailored programme of professional skills development to support continuous development
  • Live and digital events every year, from short technical sessional meetings to a bi-annual conference
  • Lifelong learning resources on a range of emerging fields and topics

Thought leadership

  • Enjoy access to a range of high-quality focused journals submissions and publications and gain the benefit of original NZSA thought leadership content.
  • Contribute to and access original technical papers from other members and committees

Volunteering opportunities

  • Step forward to play an essential leadership role and help steer the profession into the future
  • Benefit from a host of unique volunteering opportunities.
  • For more Volunteer benefits go here

Advocating for the profession

  • Our communication focus ensures the voice of the profession is heard
  • Join a profession that supports the public interest by bringing the actuarial perspective to issues of global importance, from climate change to social care

A professional community

  • Regular sessional events with other actuaries
  • Social events to stay connected together
  • Lifelong learning resources on a range of emerging fields and topics
  • Global network and mutual recognition of Actuarial bodies
  • Join any of 16 major practice committees 

Rewards & honors

Quite simply we could not operate as effectively as we do without the leadership and support of the many volunteers who give their time.  This commitment, dedication and hard work means so much more can be achieved and it is greatly appreciated.  Recognition and support of our volunteers is essential, we do this through a number of rewards and honors, which include:

Richard Bruynel Research Prize award celebrates the legacy of a former member, Richard Bruynel, who was eager to encourage actuaries to carry out and share in a formal way high quality research.  Papers are to be innovative, original and have some practical use.

Young Volunteer Achievement Award recognises the outstanding contributions made by volunteers less than five years post-qualification and are judged based on the nominated applicants’ commitment to excellence in their chosen field of volunteering, leadership and determination to advance the profession.

Gold Award recognises an individual who, through their volunteer activities, contributes significantly to the Society’s key strategic programs and/or positively enhances the reputation of the profession

Distinguished Service Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a member who has been an active volunteer with the Society for more than five years and has contributed to two or more areas of volunteering activities.

Volunteer benefits | Its a two way street

Volunteering is a win-win-win scenario for you, the profession and the Institute. As a member, volunteering provides you with some solid opportunities for career development and growth.

  • Grow your network

Having strong professional networks is important not only in finding future employment opportunities, but for collaborating with other actuaries, furthering your understanding of the actuarial landscape and building your own knowledge and expertise. Being a member of NZSA already means you are part of a network of learned professionals. Volunteering with us takes it one step further, allowing you the chance to work with and strengthen connections within the industry.

  • Building your personal brand

Volunteering is the perfect way to build your personal brand. Being involved in different projects is a great way to expand your CV, consolidate your reputation, broaden your experience and position you as a practice area expert.  

  • Develop your leadership skills

For those wanting to take the next step in their careers, volunteering, particularly on an ongoing basis, is the perfect way to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be a leader. Whether you’re a Convenor of a Committee, leading a special working group, writing an article for the NZSA Newsletter, you’ll have hands-on experience which can help propel you to the next level.

  • Explore different career paths

Being involved in the societies activities gives you the opportunity to widen your experience and expertise across different practice areas, and helps you to build skills, and connections, so that if you decide to pivot in your role, you’ll have ready-made experience to refer to on your CV.

  • Get involved and make a difference

Being a volunteer is the perfect way to make a difference. As an Actuary, you have the capacity to advocate and lead the way – environmentally, economically and socially.

  • CPD

Each year members need to accrue CPD. Did you know you can earn CPD for your volunteer contributions? How good is that! If you are a part of a working group or committee or the NZSA Council, you are eligible as the activity adds to your personal and professional skills. Find out more about CPD requirements.

I can see my volunteering experience developing my professional skills and building personal relationships within the actuarial community.  I would recommend volunteering with the NZSA as a great first step to try something different and outside of their comfort zone.

Donovan Stevens, Deloitte 

Communication Committee Chair & Conference Committee