a holder of a 189 visa is free to live and work anywhere in Australia.
Note however that many applications will realistically only receive an invite if you are able to claim 70, 75 or even 80 points.
Visa Type: Permanent Residence
Processing time (for the visa stage):
Holders of a 189 visa can:
How do you apply ?
This is a 3 step application
You must satisfy other criteria such as:
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:
have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet and
confirm you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you sign or accept the Australian Values Statement.
Checklist used by an assessment Officer:
Is formal training claimed?
Are claims verified by documents?
Does documentary evidence demonstrate adequate relevant training / work experience?
What is the length of relevant training/work experience verified by documents?
Where no formal apprenticeship was completed – does the applicant satisfies the 6 year period working as Cook, and 3 years as Chef there after?
Are breath and depth of skills equivalent to Australian standards?
Is technical knowledge equivalent to Australian standards?
Are Australian education or training standards satisfied?
What is the date the equivalent Australian Standards are deemed to have been achieved for migration to Australia?
Australian Standard Classification of Occupations
Prepares, seasons and cooks food in catering and dining establishments.
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. A Cook has completed a formal four year apprenticeship. Where a formal apprenticeship contract has not been entered into a six year vocational training period must be evidenced.
Plans and organises the preparation and cooking of food in dining or catering establishments.
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification. Chefs have first established a case as Cook (4 year apprenticeship) and at least 3 years relevant experience as Chef there after (a total of seven years).
Where a formal apprenticeship has not been entered into, a six year vocational training period is required with an additional 3 years experience as a Chef in a supervisory position (a total of nine years).
In all instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
Chef de Partie
Obtaining a visa to reside permanently in Australia made easy.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is a peak national nursing body concerned with national standards and processes for the regulation of nursing within Australia. It was established by the Australian nurse regulatory authorities in 1992 as a forum for considering the regulation of nursing in Australia within a national focus. Each of the eight state and territory nurse regulatory authorities is represented on this Council.
All nurses and midwives (including direct entry midwives) working in Australia must demonstrate the ANMAC’s national competency standards to be eligible for registration with a state or territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authority (NMRA). Therefore, overseas nurses and midwives must also be able to demonstrate these competency standards in order to be eligible for migration to Australia.
Competency Based Assessment Programs/Migrants Bridging Program
Applicants who have had their qualifications and skills assessed and are required to undertake a Competency Based Assessment Program. The applicants should check with the relevant NMRA that the proposed course of study will lead to registration in that state or territory
Waiver of Competency Based Assessment Program
Some nursing and midwifery qualification may meet the requirements for migration. This means that these nurses will not need to complete a Competency Based Assessment Program.
The Competency Based Assessment Program may be waived for:
For other related information on the ANMAC Migration Skills Assessment, please found at these links below:
Are there any Language Competency Requirements?
In Australia English is the language of communication in health care settings therefore it is essential that nurses have a level of proficiency in English which enables them to communicate competently and safely with clients and colleagues.
A per ANMAC Policy the requirement is that ALL internationally-qualified nurses and midwives applying to the ANMAC under the general skilled migration scheme will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Please note that nurses and midwives who hold current registration with an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authority are not required to sumbit English language test results.
New Zealand registered nurses and midwives are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.
What English Language Tests are accepted by ANMAC:
Please note that the date of the both tests (OET & IELTS) must have been undertaken not more than two years before lodging the application for assessment. Original copies of the results of the test should be forwarded to ANMC by the organisation that conducted the test. The results of the test must be forwarded to ANMC prior to completion of the assessment.
Medical Scientist and Medical Laboratory Technical Officers
MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, most of those engaged in medical laboratory science are employed in public hospitals while others work in private laboratories. There are two levels of practice:
Medical Scientists (also known as Medical Laboratory Scientists) conduct medical laboratory tests and apply knowledge and methodology from various scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry and physics to assist doctors in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human disease. Duties involve determining the nature, cause and progress of disease through testing blood, body fluids and tissues in medical and pathology laboratories. Responsibilities include the quality and reliability of test results produced and may also include the responsibility for the interpretation of tests and the development of test procedures.
Medical Laboratory Technical Officers perform or assist with laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues in medical and pathology laboratories under the direction of medical scientists and operate diagnostic and monitoring equipment used in support of health professionals.
Disciplines of Medical Laboratory Science in Australia comprise of: Histopathology; Immunology; Virology; Blood Transfusion; Haematology; Cytology; Clinical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
ASSESSMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
If you intend to migrate to Australia on the basis of your skills, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists is the relevant assessing authority for the following occupations:
Your skills and qualifications will be assessed by A.I.M.S. to determine, for the purposes of migration to Australia, if they are suitable to work as a Medical Scientist/Medical Laboratory Technical Officer.
1. Have completed a professional medical laboratory science degree/or equivalent, or a non-directed science degree, which meets the minimum requirements for membership of the profession which prevailed at the time the applicant graduated from their course of training, and that is assessed as comparable to either an Australian Bachelor degree or an Australian Diploma based on the NOOSR educational assessment guidelines in the Country Education Profiles.
The minimum requirements for a Medical Science program includes basic subjects such as:
The professional subjects are as follows:
2. To have completed an award in medical laboratory science assessed as comparable to an Australian Associate Diploma from a Technical and Further Education college based on the NOOSR educational assessment guidelines in the Country Education Profiles.
3. Course Transcript including grades, as required.
4. To have a minimum of two years of medical laboratory experience *within the five year period immediately prior to applying for assessment. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of employment history.
1. To have completed an award in medical laboratory science assessed as comparable to an Australian Associate Diploma from a Technical and Further Education college based on the NOOSR educational assessment guidelines in the Country Education Profiles.
2. Course Transcript including grades, as required.
3. To have a minimum of two years of medical laboratory experience *within the five year period immediately prior to applying for assessment. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of employment history.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO THE AIMS ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
From 1 January 2007 the requirements for English Language proficiency were increased. All applicants are now required to provide a copy of their IELTS Report Form (Academic or General) showing an overall band score of at least 7.0.
From 1 April 2007 Certified documents will be accepted by AIMS only if they meet the criteria listed in the Guidelines for Assessment of Professional Qualifications (updated December 2006).
Documents certified in Australia may be certified by a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, a Solicitor or a Commissioner for Oaths.
Documents certified in a country other than Australia must be certified by a Notary Public.
Certification by a family member or by a migration agent acting for the applicant is not acceptable. When wording of the certification is in a language other than English, a certified translation must be provided.
As in most countries, the practice of a profession in Australia requires evidence of an appropriate level of education and practical experience. Registration in Australia is not a prerequisite for recognition or practice as a medical scientist, however membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (A.I.M.S.) may enhance employment prospects and is the first step towards professional identity. The Professional levels of membership ensure that members are readily identifiable as medical scientists in the eyes of employers and fellow scientists. Likewise, the Technical levels identify the member as a technical officer or technical assistant.
The primary qualification for Medical Scientists in Australia is a three year degree of Biomedical Science with a Medical Laboratory Science major from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or a comparable qualification. The following directed medical laboratory science degree programs from Australia and New Zealand universities have been accredited by A.I.M.S. All other Australian Science or Applied Science degrees are classified as non-directed degrees. An individual holding one of these qualifications is eligible to be a GRADUATE member. An individual with this qualification and a minimum of two years postgraduate professional medical laboratory experience in an approved medical laboratory is eligible to be a MEMBER.
N.O.O.S.R.. is part of the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (D.E.E.T.Y.A.) and is working together with the Australian States and Territories and professional bodies to improve recognition procedures and access to education and training in Australia for the overseas trained
Bridging Courses – Under the N.O.O.S.R. Bridging Courses for the Overseas Trained program, assistance may be made available to Australian residents preparing to meet recognition requirements for entry to their profession in Australia, such as examinations set by professional bodies.
If you intend applying as an Accountant or Auditor (or related) it is essential that you talk to one of our consultants first. Applying under this occupation stream can result in very long delays during the EOI stage, unless you are able to claim high points (80+)
There is no legislated requirement in Australia for registration of accountants in Australia (except for financial advisers, tax agents and external auditors). The profession tends to regulate itself by preferring to recruit accountants who are members of an Australian professional accounting body (ie. CPA or CA). Likewise, public practitioners with an Australian professional body designation are the preferred choice of Australians wishing to utilise the services provided by a public practice accountant. CPA Australia is one of the two professional accounting bodies in Australia and is a designated assessing authority for the following Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO); Accountant, Corporate Treasurer, External Auditor and Finance Manager.
Assessment for migration purposes is based on the same criteria required for Associate (entry-level) membership of CPA Australia. It is largely similar to assessments provided by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA). In general, you can select either CPA Australia or ICAA to provide your assessment. ACCA and CIMA qualified accountants who do not also have an undergraduate degree are offered several options for meeting the requirements for admission as an Associate (entry level) membership of CPA Australia. However, for the purpose of migration applications, these accountants are advised to apply to the ICAA for skills assessment.
To meet the educational standard for any of the above ANZSCO occupations, you must have formal qualifications assessed by CPA Australia as at least comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree. These qualifications must include adequate coverage of at least 9 of the 12 core curriculum areas required for Associate membership. Work experience is not accepted in lieu of formal qualifications. The core curriculum areas are: basic accounting, financial and corporate accounting, current accounting issues (standards and theory), cost and management accounting, business finance, auditing, introductory law (including contracts), economics, statistics, computer information systems, Australian taxation law and Australian company law.
CPA Australia will issue a written assessment result indicating that your qualifications either meet or do not meet the requirement for the nominated ANZSCO occupation. If your assessment advises that you meet the requirement, you can submit it with your visa application without completing any further study. Assessments are valid for five years and will include details of accredited study programs available by distance learning. Thus, if your assessment is not successful in the first instance, you will be able to complete additional studies required to meet the standard required for migration.
If your visa is granted (and activated) and you wish to apply for membership of CPA Australia, you must complete the remaining entry level studies prescribed in your assessment before admission. Members admitted at Associate level must complete our postgraduate level CPA Program and satisfy requisite work experience before advancing to CPA status.
Assessment for migration purposes is based on the same criteria required for Associate (entry level) membership of CPA Australia. These criteria are determined by the accounting profession in Australia and form the standard recognised by the profession. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) uses this standard to evaluate your chances of gaining suitable employment in Australia if they grant you a permanent resident visa.
To receive a successful assessment for migration purposes, you must have:
1. A qualification from an accredited educational institution which is assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) and CPA Australia as comparable to an Australian 3-year Bachelor degree.
Can CPA Australia provide me with a list of recognised universities and degree qualifications? No. There are simply too many institutions world-wide and many of the qualifications are limited by the Division, Class or Aggregate Grade awarded. We do not have the resources to maintain our own sources of reference. In determining the status of your degree, we use (in most cases) the guidelines published in the relevant NOOSR Country Education Profile.
2. Degree requirement
To meet the degree requirement for the general skills assessment, you will need a qualification that is assessed as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree.
To meet the degree requirement for the provisional assessment, you will need an Australian Bachelor degree or 12 unit Master degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.
Each ANZSCO code has mandatory and optional core knowledge areas. To meet the core knowledge requirements of the general and provisional skills assessments, your qualifications will need to cover all mandatory areas for your chosen ANZSCO code, plus an additional optional areas. Study that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree will be considered in the assessment of your core knowledge coverage.
The following is a list of the core knowledge areas needed for each ANZSCO code.
* Australian Taxation Law is compulsory only for this code – local tax law is optional for all other codes.
Please note that practical experience in a core knowledge area is not accepted as an alternative to formal tertiary study.
The Institute has reciprocal agreements with the following overseas accounting bodies:
Current Members of these professional bodies will, in general, be assessed as suitable for migration purposes.
Please note that student members of these bodies without a recognised Bachelor degree should only apply when they have become a full member.
The partially recognised overseas accounting bodies are:
Current members of partially recognised overseas accounting bodies will, in general, be assessed as suitable for migration purposes depending on the nominated occupation chosen. The table above outlines the compulsory and optional areas for each nominated occupation that the Institute can assess.
Please note that student members of these bodies without a recognised Bachelor degree should only apply when they have become a full member.
The Institute will assess studies undertaken with an accounting body that is not listed above along with other tertiary studies to determine adequate coverage in at least 9 out of 12 core knowledge areas listed above.
Please note that the basic requirement for a suitable assessment is that your qualifications are assessed as at least comparable to the level of an Australian bachelor degree.
Therefore, a successful assessment for migration will advise that you have:
If you have a recognised university qualification in any discipline in addition to any of the following professional qualifications, you can generally expect to receive a successful assessment:
* If you are a member (by examination) of one of these professional bodies and have a degree assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, you may be eligible for admission to membership of CPA Australia with full CPA status, subject to fulfilment of all other admission criteria. However, it is emphasised that the basis of any assessment is that you have a recognised degree. For example, if you are a member the Institute of CPAs Ireland but you were admitted with the AAT qualification, you will not be able to receive a successful assessment for migration purposes unless you are prepared to upgrade the AAT to a recognised Bachelor degree or 2-year full-time Masters. (See heading ‘Eligibility for Membership’ in the Application for Assessment form.)
I am not a member of a professional body. Can I still apply for assessment? Yes. Our Application for Assessment form asks you to provide evidence of membership (and examinations) of other professional bodies. This is not intended to imply that you must be a member of a professional body before you can apply for assessment (or migration). It simply means that if you do have professional membership, you should submit appropriate evidence. If you are not a member of any professional body, then you can disregard this item.
The following information is relevant to the material you must submit with your application for assessment.
Documents will not be returned to you after assessment. Thus, we require that you submit certified true copies of original academic awards (certificates, diplomas) and academic transcripts (examination results) with your application.
Who can certify my documents? We will acceptable authorities for certifying documents endorsed by any of the following :
Please note that the Institute reserves the right to request original documentation, if required or deemed necessary.
Photocopies of certified documents will not be accepted.
The endorsement must clearly indicate which of the above categories the signatory represents and state that the copies are true and unaltered reproductions of the original documents. CPA Australia will not accept photocopies of your certified documents. You may keep a photocopy for yourself if you wish but please make sure that your application contains the copies bearing the original endorsements.
These must be official transcripts. Results downloaded from websites or printouts issued on plain paper will not be accepted.
If your academic transcript indicates that you were given credit towards a degree based on previous studies (either at a lower level or at another institution), you must include relevant documentation for that prior study.
If your university/educational institution issued separate transcripts for each individual year of study, please include transcripts for all years of study.
Note: Members of any of the professional bodies listed in the section Membership of other professional bodies are generally not required to submit any syllabus information. There are some exceptions. For example, if you completed a recognised degree which included Auditing and subsequently completed the CIMA professional program, you should submit an outline for the auditing unit/s in your degree.
To obtain a successful assessment for migration purposes, your recognised qualification/s must fulfil at least 9 of the 12 core curriculum subject areas. It is your responsibility to ensure that you provide adequate syllabus detail to demonstrate that your studies covered the required core curriculum subject areas. You must provide detail for all relevant accounting, law, finance, economics, statistics and computer information systems subjects. Failure to provide sufficient syllabus detail may adversely affect the result of your assessment. You will be advised to complete further studies in any subject areas in which we are unable to assess the depth of your knowledge. This will adversely affect the result of your assessment.
I do not have a copy of my syllabus, what can I do? Most reputable institutions keep some information about courses conducted in past years. If not in the form of comprehensive course notes, at least the brief outlines usually found in the handbook/calendar. Contact the university/institution at which you studied and ask if they can provide you with this information. If you graduated recently, you may be able to find the information in the university’s website. If the university cannot provide syllabus/outlines for the exact period during which you studied, try to get as close as possible. In this case, the subject names or codes may not exactly match your academic transcript. Please make sure that you clearly indicate those changes. You can do this by writing directly onto the syllabus document and/or academic transcript so that we can easily cross-reference the relevant subjects. If you have (or you are able to obtain) a complete booklet of all subject outlines offered by your university/faculty, please clearly mark those subjects which you actually took or photocopy and submit only the relevant outlines. This will save us from wasting time sifting through irrelevant pages find the information we need. Time wasted in this way results in significant delays — to you and everyone else awaiting assessment results.
I have contacted my university but they cannot give me any syllabus detail for my studies — what can I do? You must prepare your own summary of topics covered and submit it with a Statutory Declaration that the information given in the summary is true.
I graduated years ago and cannot recall what I studied — what can I do? Remember that the basic purpose of the qualifications assessment is to determine that you have the knowledge relevant to your qualifications and the occupation for which you are being assessed. The assumption is that your knowledge is current and therefore useable in your nominated occupation if and when you arrive in Australia.
Failure to provide sufficient syllabus detail may adversely affect the result of your assessment. You will be advised to complete further studies in any subject areas in which we are unable to assess the depth of your knowledge. This will adversely affect the result of your assessment.
How much information should the syllabus contain? Each subject outline should contain enough detail to demonstrate that your studies adequately covered our requirements in each of the core knowledge subject areas (see Recognised Qualifications). For example, a description for Financial Accounting which merely shows that the subject ‘covers aspects of duties undertaken in a financial accounting environment’ tells us nothing. This kind of description is often found in university handbooks. If your subject outlines look like this, then you will be asked to provide more detail. You will avoid unnecessary delay by ensuring that your application includes syllabus/subject outlines which list all the key topics covered in each of the relevant subjects.
You may have an undergraduate degree in Arts (for example) followed by a postgraduate degree in Accounting. Please submit details of both. (Syllabus detail required only for relevant accounting subjects as described in Syllabus detail/subject outlines).
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology for the purpose of migration. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian programme of study that has been accredited by the Society.
This service is for people who are seeking to:
Information for overseas applicants
The Australian Government has nominated the APS as the assessing body for overseas psychologists applying for migration to Australia under the General Skilled Migration categories. This means the Society is the only body in Australia that can assess psychology qualifications for migration to Australia under these categories.
Please note that people seeking to migrate under the General Skilled Migration categories must have complete the equivalent of an APS accredited six-year programme of study in psychology.
For further details on requirements for migration to Australia, please contact us or communicate with your consultant in your client area
Assessment of Qualifications
If you intend to migrate to Australia on the basic of your skills, the Australian Psychological Society is the relevant accessing authority for the following occupations:
In order to assess an individual’s qualifications the APS requires a completed assessment of psychology qualifications application form and certified copies of relevant documentation.
Required documents include:
Assessing qualifications is a complex process and the current approximate processing time is eight weeks. However the processing time may exceed eight weeks depending on the complexity of an individual’s application and whether all the necessary documents have been provided.
Translation of documents into English
All non-English documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
If the documents are translated in a country where the translation is made. Ask the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for advice if you are unsure.
Translators in Australia are listed in the Yellow Pages telephone book and should be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Keep the original translation for your future use. Send only certified copies of the English translation. Refer to the following section for details on how to have your document certified.
It is essential that copies of documents are certified.
This mean that you should send copies which have been formally endorsed as true copies of the originals by a person or agency recognised by the law of your country and recognised by the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Immigration Office for this purpose.
In Australia, person who may certify documents include Justices of the Peace (JPs), Commissioners for Declarations, and legal practitioners. The APS also accepts documents which have been certified by an accountant, notary, pharmacist, physiotherapist, police officer or psychologist. The certifying officer must not be a family member or spouse.
To have your copies certified you will need to present both the original and the copy of each document to the person certifying the copies. Each copy of the document must be certified separately and must show clearly:
Please note that it is the certified document itself which must be submitted with your application A photocopy of a certified document is not valid.
Criteria for qualifications obtained in INDIA
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has a commitment to the international social work community, and is a member of the International Federation of Social Workers IFSW). It values the contribution that social workers educated overseas can make to Australia increasingly multicultural society, and recognises the importance of assessment of overseas qualifications so that eligible social workers may seek employment in Australia as social workers and join the AASW.
This information sheet is designed to be read in its entirety. It has three main sections:
There have been some recent changes in assessment criteria. This is part of AASW’s ongoing plan to develop a system and process of assessment which reflects an understanding of the diversity of education for social work practice globally, and which also reflects the academic and professional requirements for social work practice in Australia
SECTION I: HOW TO APPLY FOR ASSESSMENT OF YOUR OVERSEAS SOCIAL WORK QUALIFICATION
Social work in Australia is not a registered profession. However, the AASW is the standard setting body for the profession of social work in Australia. Graduation from an Australian AASW accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree confers eligibility for membership of the AASW.
If you have overseas qualifications in social work and you wish to apply for jobs which require eligibility for membership of the AASW OR if you wish to migrate to Australia under the Australian Government¡¦s Skilled Migration Program as a social worker, you will need to apply for an assessment of your qualifications to determine whether or not they do meet AASW membership eligibility requirements.
The AASW assessment process is comparative. Assessment of all overseas educated applicants seeking membership of the AASW is undertaken individually by the AASW on a basis of comparison with the educational requirements of Australian social workers, using written materials. The assessments are not competency-based. The Five Essential Criteria used in the assessment are outlined in the second part of this information sheet.
Most people who have not met our membership eligibility requirements have been required to undertake further study in an AASW-accredited Australian Bachelor of Social Work degree in order to meet our requirements. This would be indicated in the assessment notice. Some universities offer some subjects by distance education.
Please note that not all jobs in the social welfare field in Australia require eligibility for membership of the AASW, although many do. In addition, experience shows that many overseas-qualified social workers who may not meet the membership eligibility requirements of the AASW, may meet the membership eligibility requirements of other organisations like the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers (AIWCW). Contact details for AIWCW are found in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition¡¦s (NOOSR) leaflet, Social Work and Welfare Work in Australia, available from AASW, AIWCW and NOOSR.
In order to apply for assessment you need to obtain an application form from AASW. A different application form is used, depending on whether you are a non-resident of Australia and needing the assessment for migration purposes, or whether you are an Australian resident or New Zealand citizen needing the assessment to apply for jobs which require eligibility for membership of AASW. ASA Consultants will supply you with the correct application form.
If the qualifications do not meet our requirements
Under current arrangements, if an overseas social worker were to apply to AASW as a nonresident for assessment of qualifications and his/her qualifications were assessed as not meeting our membership eligibility requirements, the application and qualifications would be sent to the AIWCW for assessment against their requirements for welfare workers. This is at no extra charge (AASW passes on a portion of the fee to AIWCW).
The AIWCW is the relevant assessing authority for welfare workers, under the arrangements put in place by the Australian Department of Immigration on 1 July 1999.
IF you are already a full member of AASW AND you need an assessment of your qualifications for migration purposes (perhaps because you completed an Australian Bachelor of Social Work as an overseas student), you will still need to fill in the applicable fprm and submit the documents. However, the assessment fee will be refunded, provided you are already a full member of AASW at the time of receipt of your application for assessment.
Useful information for all applicants
Assessments can only be conducted following the submission of a correctly completed application form and fee. Assessments cannot be given by phone.
Please read the application forms very carefully so that you know what information and documents you need to provide. This will save time in the long run.
If you decide to apply for assessment and you have a Bachelor degree followed by a Postgraduate Diploma or Master Degree in social work, we will need the documents as outlined on the application form for both your Bachelor degree and your Postgraduate Diploma/Master (and any other relevant degrees). Sometimes applicants may be requested to provide additional information.
Length of assessment time
The assessments are undertaken in chronological order of receipt of complete applications. The application forms indicate that we aim to complete them within 2 months of receipt if the application is complete and no further information is required. If possible, they are completed sooner.
If they are not able to be completed on the basis of guidelines or precedent available to the AASW assessment officer, they will be referred by the assessment officer to the AASW Committee which oversees these assessments- the Eligibility for Membership of Overseas Qualified Social Workers Committee (EMOQ), and this may extend the time required to complete the assessment.
The National Office of the AASW does not keep any specific information about either permanent or temporary employment. We do have Branches in each state and territory and some of these maintain a register for temporary employment and may have other useful information. However it is preferable to wait until you know whether or not your qualifications will meet our membership eligibility criteria before contacting the Branches. Other information about jobs can be found in the large capital city daily newspapers.
Information about appeals is given at the time of assessment to those people whose qualifications are assessed as not fully meeting requirements (a fee applies for appeals).
SECTION II: ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Five Essential Criteria Used in the Assessment of Overseas Social Work Qualifications
Note: All five criteria must be met
The qualification must be regarded as a professional social work qualification in the country of training, recognised by whichever official body is responsible for accreditation of social workers and/or social work courses where such a body exists. The qualification must enable eligibility for membership of the professional social work association of the country of training where such an association exists, and where eligibility is conferred by formal qualification.
The qualification must be a specific qualification in social work.
The level of qualification must be Bachelor degree or higher in Australian terms. AASW will make this assessment, using multiple sources, with the major reference point being the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition¡¦s Country Education Profiles.
The curriculum must correspond sufficiently in all major areas to the AASW requirements for the BSW according to the AASW’s Policy and Procedures for Establishing Eligibility of AASW (Part I and Part III)
The length of the qualification should be four years, but where ALL OTHER CRITERIA (1-4 above) have been met.
The qualification is three years or longer
Required evidence can be provided of at least three-year full time professional social work experience undertaken following completion of the professional social work degree and within ten (10) years of the completion of that degree, THEN the experience may be considered as a way of compensating for the shortfall of one year in the academic program.
Summary of course and curriculum requirements
These are found in a more detailed form in Policy and Procedures for Establishing Eligibility for Membership of AASW (available on AASW¡’s website).
Courses must satisfy the requirement of four years of full-time degree level study, or its part time equivalent, which leads to the award of a distinct qualification in social work. This degree level study must be assessed as comparable to the educational level of a four-year bachelor degree in social work in Australia. This requirement may usually be met through:
Curriculum content Knowledge for practice
This is usually found over at least two semesters in the first two years of a four year program, or in the undergraduate degree preceding a postgraduate diploma or Master in social work and includes:
Practice knowledge and skills
The content of education for social work practice must include:
Country assessment guidelines
There are country assessment guidelines available for some countries. These are designed as guides only, as they can be changed by AASW at any time. An assessment still needs to be undertaken by AASW if you wish to establish whether or not your qualifications confer eligibility for membership of AASW. The country assessment guidelines can be found on the AASW’s website www.aasw.asn.au or you can contact AASW and ask whether guidelines are available for the country in which you are interested. The guidelines for India is listed right at the top of this form.
SECTION III: GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ACRONYMS
AASW Australian Association of Social Workers, the professional association for social workers in Australia. The AASW is the gazetted relevant assessing authority for overseas social workers wishing to migrate to Australia. AIWCW Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers. Relevant assessing authority for overseas welfare workers wishing to migrate to Australia. EMOQ Eligibility for Membership of Overseas Qualified Social Workers Committee. The AASW Committee, which oversees the assessment of overseas social work qualifications. Form SR1181 The application form for assessment of overseas social work qualifications where the applicant is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian temporary resident with a visa which permits work in Australia (where the assessment will not be used to change residency status); and New Zealand citizen.
Form SWNR1182 The application form for assessment of overseas social workers, who are not Australian residents, or who need an assessment for the purposes of later lodging an application for permanent residency. If the qualifications are assessed as not meeting AASW requirements, they will be sent to the AIWCW for assessment against their requirements for welfare workers.
Information for Engineering professionals regarding visas and immigration to Australia.
Engineers Australia recognises three occupational categories in the Engineering Team in Australia:
The following section describes the occupational categories in the engineering team. This may assist you in determining the occupational category to which you belong.
Academic qualification is a four – year bachelor of engineering degree gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.
The Professional Engineer:
Professional Engineers score 60 points on the points test
Academic qualification is a three – year bachelor of engineering technology degree gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.
The Engineering Technologist:
Academic qualification is a two – year diploma of engineering gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.
The Engineering Associate:
You must meet the following requirements before proceeding with your application for assessment of your qualifications:
The following conditions for the assessment of Work Experience as an additional service are to be noted:
The Washington Accord is an agreement between the engineering accreditation bodies, listed below, to recognise as substantially equivalent the professional engineering degrees delivered in those countries. The Accord applies only to accreditations conducted by the signatories within their respective national or territorial boundaries.
The following countries are signatories to the Accord
The following countries have provisional signatory status and may become member signatories in the future:
Bangladesh – (Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education)
Germany – (German Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Engineering and Informatics)
Pakistan – (Pakistan Engineering Council)
Philippines – (Philippine Technological Council)
Peru – (ICACIT)
The Accord only applies to professional engineering degrees accredited and delivered in the signatory countries.
The Accord does not apply to:
If you consider your qualifications fall under the Washington Accord, you must complete the Washington Accord application form and provide the required documentation and assessment fee.
Your qualifications will be checked with the relevant Washington Accord accreditation body. If your qualifications are not accredited under the Washington Accord, you will be required to submit a Competency Demonstration Report.
Competency Demonstration Report
The Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) provides you with the opportunity to establish that your engineering knowledge and competencies are equivalent to those of the appropriate occupational category within the engineering team in Australia.
MANAGERS head government, legislative, industrial, commercial, agricultural and other establishments, or departments within these organisations. They determine the policy of the organisation or department, and direct its functioning, through other managers, and coordinate economic, social, technical, legal and other policies.
All occupations in this major group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
Tasks performed by managers typically include formulating, administering and reviewing the policy and legislation which determine the direction to be taken by the organisation they head; controlling, directing and participating in the activities of that organisation personally and through a hierarchy of managers and supervisors; establishing operational and administrative procedures; and controlling the selection of senior staff and the allocation of resources. Managers and Administrators are typically associated with the top 3 positions in a large organisation.
The assessing body for managers is the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
To be successfully assessed as a manager for migration purposes by AIM, applicants must hold a senior management position at the level of an Associate Fellow of AIM. The criteria used is as follows: –
A record of proven management achievement over a period of three or more years or more in a senior management position such as a
who delegates authority to several other managers who hold positions requiring the delegation of work to several other positions of a supervisory, technical or skilled nature.
The years of experience may be reduced if the applicant has educational qualifications in management studies or business administration assessed as comparable to an Australian Masters degree, Bachelor degree or RATE diploma, or in a discipline relevant to the field in which the manager is working. AIM would allow one-year credit against required experience for the applicant’s educational qualifications.
ALL required supporting documentation MUST be included in your application. Any missing or unclear information will delay the assessment of your application.
Applicants are required to provide supporting documentation relating to the various positions held over the past continuous five (5) years, not just current employment. The documentation required is:
1. Detailed position descriptions over the past 3 years showing management responsibilities and accountabilities.
It is preferred that these are official company documents, and they MUST be verified by your immediate superior. A company seal by itself is not sufficient. Documents must be signed. If it is impossible to obtain your immediate supervisor’s signature, please refer to the information listed under the heading “Important”.
2. Brief position descriptions of all subordinate managers reporting directly to the applicant.
It is preferred that these are official company documents, and they MUST be verified by your immediate superior. A company seal by itself is not sufficient, documents must be signed. If it is impossible to obtain your immediate supervisor’s signature, please refer to the information listed under the heading “Important”.
3. Organisation charts showing both upward and downward reporting relationships, and they must include the Chief Executive Officer. The Organisation Charts are to include all positions reporting to your immediate supervisor, as well as the positions reporting to your direct subordinates.
It is preferred that these are official company documents, and they MUST be verified by your immediate superior. A company seal by itself is not sufficient, documents must be signed. If it is impossible to obtain your immediate supervisor’s signature, please refer to the information listed under the heading “Important”.
4. Certified copies of testamurs covering all post secondary qualifications.
5. If possible include letters of appointment and/or promotion, payslips, company reports, etc.
6. In the case of an owner/manager provide details of revenue and staffing levels for each year from date of incorporation. Documents should also include register of directors, shareholders, certificate of incorporation and any other relevant evidence.
Documents will not be returned so we require certified true copies of position descriptions, organisation charts, original educational qualifications and evidence of employment. Documents can be certified by a Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace, Notary, Lawyer, Registered Migration Agent, Doctor, Bank Manager, CPA, Chartered Accountant or any other official in your home country who is authorised to endorse documents and legal declarations or witness sworn affidavits. The Department of Immigration require a copy of what is submitted to assessing authorities so applicants should retain a copy for such purpose.
All supporting documentation MUST match the information as provided on the application form. This includes, but is not limited to, position titles, organisation names, and the number of subordinate managers and supervisors who directly report to the applicant.
The skills assessment criteria for IT professionals are specific, rather complex and can be confusing, especially as it relates to the deeming dated and claiming of work experience points.
There are 2 main pathways to a successful skills assessment – the RPL pathway and the recognized academic qualification pathway
Applicants who apply for RPL and do not hold a recognised academic tertiary qualification will have deducted from their total work experience a period of relevant IT professional experience deemed necessary to have reached the level of qualification allocated. For example, if an applicant is allocated a qualification level equivalent to a 2-year diploma, they will have two years deducted from the total of their recognized work experience, and therefore eight years in total will be needed.
Applications from recent graduates (those studying a Bachelor degree, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree majoring in IT) The result letter is valid for migration purposes for 6 months from the date of course completion.
The entry requirements
Full professional members of the Australian Computer Society. Members must be current financial members and must provide documentation to prove their claim. ACS professional membership grades are Fellow (FACS) and Member (MACS). Assessing officer need not look beyond membership to any formal qualifications held.
Full professional membership of the British Computer Society, Hong Kong Computer Society, New Zealand Computer Society or Singapore Computer Society no longer satisfies the criteria for migration purposes.
Examples of relevant field include
(Note: Graduate qualifications should contain at least a major in information technology, and a major objective should be to educate persons to be practitioners in information technology.)
Associate grade of the Australian Computer Society (AACS). Such applicants must be currently financial and must provide documentation to prove their claim. Assessing officers need not look beyond membership for any formal qualification held.
Associate grade of the British Computer Society, Hong Kong Computer Society, New Zealand Computer Society or Singapore Computer Society no longer satisfies the minimum requirements for migration purposes.
applicants in are required to have at least six (6) years of relevant IT experience prior to the date of their application for PASA.
An applicant who has limited or no qualifications but who has extensive and varied experience plus supporting professional development education may refer certified documentation to the ACS for evaluation by the Society.
The ACS will decide which level of qualification is appropriate and based on this advice, an assessing officer can decide the appropriate Group.
Applicants applying under the RPL group must have no less than 7 (in certain cases 8 years may be required) years work experience in the IT industry
The department of immigration requires that you must have been in paid employment for at least 12 of the last 18 months (post Deeming date) before applying for migration to Australia.
Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Major
Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Minor
Diploma and Vendor Certification (e.g Microsoft MCSE or CISCO qualifications)
Non ICT Diploma or Higher
Work Experience Only – Recognition of Prior Learning
Learning (RPL) application to meet the suitability criteria.
The following vendor certifications are accepted by the ACS as comparable to graduate outcomes of an ICT major at the AQF Diploma level.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master
The following list outlines Cisco Certifications accepted by the ACS. Certifications must be valid at the time of submitting the skills assessment and display the validation date.