A human resources career in Australia

Posted on 6/9/2021 by Tharaka Perera Perera in Blog

By Erin Beigy

June 2021 - The role of Human Resources Adviser (ANZSCO Code 223111) is a popular occupation for VETASSESS skills assessment applicants.

If you are nominating this occupation, you are required to hold a formal qualification assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher, in a field of study that is highly relevant to the occupation, for example, human resource management

In addition to education qualifications, there are also essential employment criteria.

Employment criteria for human resources professionals

You must have worked for at least one year after gaining your qualification and your employment has to have been:

  • at an appropriate skill level,
  • undertaken in the last five years,
  • working 20 hours or more per week, and
  • highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

If your qualification is not in a highly relevant field, then you must have:

  • three years of post-qualification employment experience at an appropriate skill level, that has been:
    • undertaken in the last five years,
    • working 20 hours or more per week, and
    • highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

This is reduced to two years if you hold an additional qualification that is, at a minimum, at AQF Diploma level in a highly relevant field.

What if I worked in HR before qualifying?

If your employment occurred before you completed your qualification, then you must have:

  • five years of highly relevant employment experience in addition to
  • at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

It's important to note that in order to achieve a successful Skills Assessment outcome, you need a positive assessment for both qualifications and employment.

You can find out more about this role here, and apply for assessment here.

Next steps for human resources professionals

After receiving a positive skills assessment from VETASSESS and once the Department of Home Affairs has granted a skilled visa, applicants looking to develop their HR career in Australia may consider HR professional membership through the Australian HR Institute (AHRI).

AHRI is the preeminent professional association for human resource professionals in Australia. It sets the professional standard for HR in Australia through HR certification and provides formal education and training services and networking opportunities nationally.

AHRI has provided VETASSESS with input and endorsement of Human Resource Adviser and related occupations against the established skills assessment criteria.

An AHRI membership may assist with professional fulfillment and career advancement.

You can find out more here

Erin Beigy is the Team Leader – Arts and Education with the Assessment Services team of Skills Recognition General Occupations at VETASSESS. Erin has extensive experience working in tertiary education, migration and assessment. She leads a team of experienced assessment officers in delivering skills assessment services to applicants nominating for occupations which fall within the Arts and Education industry group. Erin engages with key industry stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure that the VETASSESS assessment criteria for Arts and Education occupations remain current and in line with Australian industry standards.


VETASSESS is Australia’s leading vocational education and training (VET) skills assessment provider for both migration and national skills recognition. Working actively with industry bodies, VETASSESS to continue to meet the needs of Australian employers and industry.

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