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Migration points test advice

As the assessing authority for welfare workers and welfare centre managers ACWA provide points test advice on the basis of work experience and/or qualification/s for those seeking to determine whether they meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection migration points test.The qualifications do not have to be welfare work related however, ACWA is unable to provide migration points test advice to those who have not been found suitable for an ACWA skills assessment.

Please note that determination of the points under the skilled migration points test remains at the discretion of designated officers of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Migration points test advice given by ACWA in relation to work experience claims will be based on evidence provided by the applicant and will not constitute an opinion on the veracity of claims made by the applicant. If incorrect or incomplete evidence is provided, the migration points test advice may be deemed invalid by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Points test advice based on work experience –

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Definition of relevant welfare work experience
Relevant professional experience is defined as work which involves the provision of direct service to clients at an individual, group, family or community level. It relates to the roles and framework of welfare work.

Relevant professional experience can be paid or voluntary, but volunteer work experience must be supervised by a suitably qualified professional.

Skill level
Relevant work experience refers to a role with responsibilities that require at a minimum, an relevant tertiary qualification. This means if you are claiming relevant work experience you must be able to demonstrate that the position/s you have held requires a relevant tertiary qualification or sufficient experience in a welfare related field.

Certain jobs like personal care and support work may not be suitable as they may not require a tertiary qualified worker and may only require the worker to perform activities like accompanying clients, cooking, bathing, washing, providing recreational support etc. Examples of occupational titles that have previously been found to not meet the requirements are: disability support worker, recreation assistant, activity assistant, community support worker. However we can only determine that a certain work experience is relevant after we assess it as per the guidelines.
 
Evidence you can provide to support your claim can include your position description and a letter from your employer advising on the minimum qualification or experience requirement for the role.

Relevant job functions
Relevant work experience may include a number of functions including:

  • Intake assessment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Counselling and casework
  • Case management
  • Client services – including assessment, referral, counselling and support
  • Program planning and development
  • Family welfare and support work
  • Advocacy and support work
  • Community development work

Migration points test advice based on qualification/s
ACWA assess the comparability of education level of an overseas qualification against Australian Qualification Framework. The qualifications do not have to be welfare work related. However ACWA is unable to provide migration points test advice to those who have not been found suitable for an ACWA skills assessment.

Points test advice based on work experience-

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Relevant work experience at the required skill level should cover elements such as management, communication, stakeholder engagement and resource management

Welfare centre management functions should include:

  • providing overall direction and management for the service, facility, organisation or centre
  • developing, implementing and monitoring procedures, policies and standards for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff
  • coordinating and administering health and welfare programs and clinical services
  • monitoring and evaluating resources devoted to health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment, training and other community facilities and centres
  • controlling administrative operations such as budget planning, report preparation, expenditure on supplies, equipment and services
  • liaising with other health and welfare providers, boards and funding bodies to discuss areas of health and welfare service cooperation and coordination
  • advising government bodies about measures to improve health and welfare services and facilities
  • representing the organisation in negotiations, and at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forum
  • controlling selection, training and supervision of staff

Migration points test advice based on qualification/s-

Welfare Worker and Welfare Centre Manager

ACWA assess the comparability of education level of an overseas qualification against Australian Qualification Framework. The qualifications do not have to be welfare work related however, ACWA is unable to provide migration points test advice to those who have not been found suitable for an ACWA skills assessment.

Application process (for welfare worker and welfare centre manager)

If you believe that you meet the eligibility requirements please download the application form which you can find here. This can be done at the same time as a skills assessment application or after obtaining a suitable skills assessment from ACWA.

Please read the guidelines and following checklist of required documents very carefully before submitting an application. The fee is payable at the time of application. Once we have received your completed form with all the

Application fee
Migration points test advice = $150

Documents to be provided by applicant for migration points test advice based on work experience

  • Certified copy of skills assessment certificate from ACWA
  • Position descriptions with company details including name, address, business registration number, phone number, fax number etc.
  • Letter from employer on company letterhead showing details of the position including position title, type. start and end dates, brief description of duties undertaken and qualification or experience needed for the position
  • Certified copy of biography page of passport

Documents to be provided by applicant for migration points test advice based on qualification

  • Certified copy of skills assessment certificate from ACWA
  • Certified copy of the qualification(s)
  • Certified copy of transcripts of results
  • Certified copy of biography page of passport

Appeal policy and procedure
If you are assessed as being ‘not suitable’ for the nominated occupation and would like to appeal the decision please refer to the appeal form and ACWA appeal policy and procedure.


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