Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a qualification assessment for migration purposes and one for employment purposes (AASW membership eligibility)?
- at least 1 year of post qualifying social work experience conducted in Australia or
- at least 3 years of post-qualifying social work experience conducted internationally (outside Australia)
I'm on a working holiday visa and have the legal right to work in Australia. Which form should I use?
If I am registered with the relevant authority in my country of training or employment, am I automatically eligible for membership of the AASW?
I trained a number of years ago and completed a two-year non graduate Diploma, which was the social work educational requirement at the time. Will I be eligible?
I have a qualification in one of the following areas (or similar): Social Care; Applied Social Studies; Sociology; Psychology, and I do a lot of the same work as a social worker? Can I be assessed by the AASW and would I receive a positive assessment?
I will complete my social work studies next year. Can I apply for an assessment while I am studying?
I am an international graduate of an Australian AASW accredited course in social work. Which form should I use and what documentation should I attach?
- Assessment of AASW accredited social work qualifications for migration purposes - use application form 2 and visit our overseas residents with AASW accredited social work qualifications page for more information.
- Assessment of AASW accredited social work qualifications for the purposes of a Temporary Graduate Visa (sublass 185) - use application form 3 and visit our overseas residents with AASW accredited social work qualifications page for more information.
Information about the documentation you will need to submit is detailed in the application forms. A fee applies for these assessments. Please refer to our fee schedule.
A certified copy is a copy of an original document such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate or proof of identity that has been signed (or stamped) as being a true copy of an original by an authorised person or agency. In Australia, such authorised persons include: Magistrates, Justice of the Peace; Commissioner for Declarations; Commissioner for Affidavits; solicitors; registered medical practitioners; pharmacists, bank managers; postal managers and Australian Public Service Officers with 5 or more years' service.
Outside of Australia the following people are authorised to certify documents: Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955) and employees of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who work outside of Australia.
Each copy of a document must be certified separately and must clearly show:
- the words 'certified true copy of the original';
- the signature of the certifying officer; and
- the name and address or provider/registration number (where appropriate) of the certifying officer legibly printed below the signature (the AASW may need to contact the certifying officer so please ensure the contact details are clear).
Please send the original certified copy, not a photocopy of the certified copy. Please do not send originals of documents.
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum score of 7.0 or higher in each component (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test, in one sitting.
The AASW may grant an exemption from the requirements where you can provide evidence that you have:
- Completed all secondary education, that was taught and assessed in English, in Australia; Canada; New Zealand, Republic of Ireland; South Africa; United Kingdom; or United States of America, and
- Successfully completed (with a pass grade or higher) the equivalent of three years or more of full time tertiary study (at Bachelor degree level or higher), that was taught and assessed in English, in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.
The AASW reserves the right to ask applicants to take the Academic IELTS test examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English language proficiency. Read more about English language proficiency requirements.
Can the AASW tell me if a particular degree from the program or school to which I am applying has been previously assessed by the AASW?
No. Only fieldwork placement that is completed and acknowledged as part of your international social work qualification can be considered against Criteria 4 (fieldwork placement requirement).
A statutory declaration is a written statement that allows a person to declare something to be true. If you intentionally make a false statement in a declaration, you can be charged with an offence. Please refer to the jurisdiction in your country as to the requirements for preparing a statutory declaration. If living in Australia, read this information about statutory declarations.
What is the current time period to assess an application of my international social work qualifications?
What are the possible outcomes of an assessment and can I appeal the decision if the outcome is negative?
- Positive assessment (meeting the AASW requirements for migration or employment (AASW membership eligibility) purposes
- Recommendation to complete additional program of study in order to meet AASW assessment requirements
- Recommendation to seek advanced standing for entry into an AASW accredited social work course in order to meet the requirements.
Information about the above outcomes is provided in each individual assessment. If you disagree with the assessment outcomes made by the AASW, please contact us to discuss your assessment. If you are still dissatisfied with the decision, please email the Senior Manager Professional Standards to discuss the process for requesting a reassessment.