Depending on your personal circumstances, the following information about a range of support available may assist you.

Finding a job

Job search

You can check with Centrelink (Services Australia) to find out if you are eligible for the JobSeeker payment or other assistance from the Australian Government.

You can also undertake your own job search with the help of websites such as the Queensland Government's employment and jobs portal.

Further education

Australian qualifications

You may also wish to undertake an Australian university or vocational education and training (VET) qualification. Find out more on the Queensland Government website and the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

If you decide to undertake an Australian university qualification, you may be able to receive credit for your previous study including subjects, units or qualifications attained overseas through a process known as 'credit transfer' offered by educational and training organisations.

You can seek formal acknowledgement of your current trade skills or vocational skills and knowledge through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process offered by registered training organisations.

Credit transfer or RPL could significantly reduce the amount of study that you need to undertake to gain an Australian qualification. Find out more about RPL.

Overseas trade qualifications

The Overseas Qualifications Unit does not assess trade qualifications. To have your overseas trade skills and experience recognised, you may wish to consider RPL through a registered training organisation (RTO). You may wish to contact several RTOs as organisations may charge different fees for a similar outcome. Find out more about RPL.

Occupational registration and licensing

To work in some occupations in Australia, you may need to be licensed or become registered with a professional association. Trades people, health professionals, teachers and childcare workers are just some of the occupations that require registration. Engineers, accountants and landscape architects are examples where professional association membership can increase your chances of getting a job. Access a list of professional associations and their contact details. You can also research your occupation on the Queensland Government website.

School qualifications gained overseas

For recognition of overseas school qualifications for employment purposes, you may wish to contact the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Last updated 26 November 2021

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