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Services and pre-assessment information

Please read the information on this webpage, and the assessment guidelines that apply to you, carefully as pre-assessment advice is not given over the phone or via email.

ACWA is the skills-assessing authority for community services professionals applying to migrate to Australia under the following occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

You are strongly advised, however, to check migration eligibility and processes before proceeding with an assessment application.

Skills assessments

A skills assessment is available if you are applying for a skilled independent visa or sponsored visa. A skills assessment is a mandatory requirement for skilled migration to Australia under a number of points tested, employer sponsored, and temporary, visas.

All applications will be assessed against four criteria:

  • Education: your qualification will be assessed against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which is the national system that ‘incorporates qualifications from each training and education sector into a single comprehensive national qualification framework’ (AQF 2012), along with some additional guidelines set down by ACWA.
  • Industry experience: your professional industry work experience will be evaluated on several factors including competencies; the setting of the work; the client group; and the type of role and tasks involved.
  • Proficiency in English: you will need to meet the required standard of proficiency in English.
  • Industry currency: this is normally demonstrated by having a recent qualification however, for older qualifications (more than five years) you can demonstrate this through recent industry experience or professional development.
All skills assessments from July 2020, come with migration points test advice based on qualification/s and work experience where applicable. If you have received a suitable assessment from ACWA prior to this date and which to obtain migration points test advice, please follow the instructions here.


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