The Department welcomes the diversity and wealth of experience that overseas applicants bring to our community. We encourage applications from qualified and experienced professionals living overseas, particularly for positions in regional Western Australia. This includes social workers, psychologists or professionals from other human services backgrounds.
To be eligible for appointment with the Department, in any role, international applicants must demonstrate appropriate working rights for the duration of the vacancy (for example, a permanent or temporary visa. Further information on visas can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
International applicants applying for Specified Callings positions - such as Child Protection Workers, Senior Child Protection Workers, Team Leaders and Psychologists – must also provide evidence that they have the necessary qualifications to be appointed to the role. You can find more information about which qualifications are suitable here.
As part of this process, applicants must have their overseas qualifications assessed by a relevant professional body, Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for Social Workers or the Overseas Qualification Unit. The purpose of this assessment is to demonstrate a level of comparability with Australian degrees, it is however not an occupational assessment that will deem your qualifications automatically suitable for meeting the Department’s requirements.
In some cases, international applicants are considered for sponsorship for Specified Calling positions where the positions cannot be filled locally. Sponsorship is usually reserved for positions in our regional offices.