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If you are migrating to Australia and seeking recognition as a qualified social worker for migration and/or employment purposes, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) acts on behalf of the Australian Government to assess academic social work qualifications by assessing your qualification against the IQA criteria set out below. The AASW also assess post-qualifying work experience for migration purposes.
Criteria for assessment – IQA
Criterion 1: The qualification must be a specific qualification in social work.
Criterion 5: A high level English language skill (as per the AASW English language policy) is demonstrated. The AASW reserves the right to ask an applicant to take the Academic IELTS examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English proficiency. NOTE: The AASW ONLY accepts Academic IELTS.
General information for all applicants
A Doctorate Degree Assessment is another OPTIONAL additional assessment that applicants can apply for: (the applicant must have had their SW qualification assessed prior to this).
The Dept of Home Affairs may award 5 additional points to those holding a doctorate degree level qualification and is included as part of their migration application. Applicants holding a doctorate degree relevant to social work may apply to have this degree assessed by the AASW
The AASW is unable to provide migration advice, and recommends contacting the Department of Home Affairs for further information regarding visa options, points tests and other visa related questions via their website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au
Further helpful links
- AASW Country Assessment Guidelines – These Guidelines provide potential applicants with an indication of the likelihood of a positive outcome for migration or AASW membership eligibility purposes following completion of an overseas social work qualification from a number of listed countries. These are Guidelines only and do not preclude applicants from other countries making an application.
- List of current and historic recognised New Zealand social work qualifications
- Declaration of Overseas Conduct Matters
- Culturally responsive and inclusive social work practice in Australia