Overseas (outside Australia & New Zealand) Qualifications Assessment Guide


Complementary Health Practitioners generally need to hold full membership with a professional body in order to practice in Australia.

To join the CMA, you must go through this equivalency assessment in order to be issued with a certificate indicating the equivalent level of education within the Australian Qualifications Framework.  This will be used to support an application for membership

Many organisations assess overseas qualifications in Australia.

The requirements to work in Australia depend on the occupation.  In some occupations, these requirements must be met before you start working, and may be required by law.  Meeting these requirements is usually a separate process to apply for a job.  In all occupations, the employer decides who they will employ.

Specific occupations that require specialised knowledge and skills in Australia have registration, licensing, professional membership or other industry requirements that must be met before you can start working.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and are looking for a job with no specific requirements, you can contact an Australian state of territory government Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU) listed below if you would like to know how your overseas qualification compares in Australia.

An OQU can assess your overseas qualification in general terms or provide you with further advice on how to get your overseas qualification recognised.

NB: If you would like to migrate to Australia, use the VETASSESS assessment for migration link below


Federal – Department of Education, Skills and Employment: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/services-and-resources/services-for-individuals/pages/services-for-individuals.aspx


VETASSES – Complementary Health Therapies Assessment: https://www.vetassess.com.au/qualifications-skills-recognition/complementary-health-therapies-assessment

Phone: 1300 838 277

VETASSESAssessment for Migration: https://www.vetassess.com.au/skills-assessment-for-migration/professional-occupations

Phone: 1300 838 277


 ACT – Office for Multicultural Affairs: https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/multicultural/services/overseas_qualifications_assessments_oqa

Phone: (02) 6207 0555
Email: CommunityParticipation@act.gov.au



There is no Overseas Qualification Unit in NSW. Trade qualifications assessments only. 


NT – Skills Recognition Centre: https://www.skillsrecognitioncentre.edu.au/overseas-qualification-unit/

Phone: (08) 8946 7316
Email: info@skillsrecognitioncentre.edu.au


QLD – Department of Employment, Small Business and Training: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/osqrecognition

Phone: 1300 369 935
Email: oqu@desbt.qld.gov.au


SA – Department of Innovation and Skills: https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/support-services/recognition-of-overseas-qual

Phone:  08 8303 2420


TAS – Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification: https://www.tasc.tas.gov.au/students/international-students/existing-qualifications/?highlight=overseas

Phone: (03) 6165 6000
Email: enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au


VIC – Overseas Qualifications Unit: https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/work/overseas-qualification-unit

Phone: 1300 492 606
Email: oqu@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au


WA – Department of Training and Workforce Development: Overseas Qualifications Unit, Migration Services, Department of Training and Workforce Development
Phone:  (08) 9224 6540
Email:  oqu@dtwd.wa.gov.au

If you are migrating or wish to undertake study in Australia, use this link for further information – https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/

For more information on membership  with the Complementary Medicine Association and how to apply, please go to our website – https://cma.asn.au/join-the-cma/