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Migration skills assessment

Assessment of international social work qualifications or AASW accredited social work qualifications for migration skills assessment purposes.

The Australian Association of Social Workers is authorised by the Australian Government to assess social work qualifications completed overseas as well as, if applicable, post qualifying ‘skilled’ social work employment, undertaken either in Australia or overseas.

The Australian Association of Social Workers is referred to by the Australian Government as an ‘assessing authority’ for qualified social workers who require a skills assessment for migration/visa application purposes.

The Australian Government updates the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) annually. The skilled occupation category “ANZSCO 272511 – Social Worker’ is currently listed on both the Skilled Occupation List and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List.

The AASW is unable to provide migration advice, and recommends contacting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information regarding visa options, points tests and other visa related questions via their website: www.immi.gov.au

An assessment of international social work qualifications for migration skills assessment purposes, is strictly for migration/visa application purposes, it does not constitute as membership of the AASW or membership eligibility of the AASW. Social work is not yet a registered profession in Australia. Many employers however require social workers to be eligible for AASW membership. To determine membership eligibility of the AASW please click here.

New Assessment Criteria Launched

The AASW is committed to maintaining the professional standards in Australian social work whilst also recognises the value of internationally qualified social workers to Australia’s multicultural society. While there are notable differences in how social work and social work education are operationalised there certainly are core commonalities across the globe. In recognition of this the AASW has designed new assessment criteria for the assessment of qualifications gained overseas which will enable us to assess international social work qualifications of varying lengths and academic levels. We can now offer an assessment to those who hold a qualification which is lower than degree level, provided the applicant can demonstrate how their qualification, further relevant study and paid professional social work experience meets the AASW entry to practice requirements. For further information please click on the 'Steps to starting the application process' button below.

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Skilled Employment

From the 1st of July 2011, the Australian Government required that relevant assessing authorities assess any claims of skilled employment in the nominated profession, conducted in Australia or internationally. This is an optional additional assessment for those wishing to gain further points towards their migration application

To be eligible for a skilled employment assessment, an applicant must be able to evidence:

  • At least 1 year post qualifying social work experience conducted in Australia or;

  • At least 3 years post qualifying social work experience conducted internationally (outside Australia)

The AASW must be able to verify certain information regarding claims of skilled employment. This information is detailed in the application form.

Working in Australia

Social work is not yet a registered profession in Australia. Many employers require that job applicants are eligible for AASW membership. The process of determining eligibility for AASW membership is separate to a migration skills assessment. Please click here to be redirected for further information.


Getting started - further information regarding:

Steps to starting the application process, including the application forms

Country assessment guidelines

English language requirements

Assessment fees

Frequently Asked Questions

Renewing expired skills assessments

Processing times

Appeal process

Working in Australia - How to apply for an assessment of international social work qualifications to determine membership eligibility

Information for other professions:

Welfare workers refer to Australian Community Workers Association

Psychologists refer to Australian Psychological Society

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers