Announcement: 5 Nov 2019
We are aware of recent immigration changes, notably the release of ANZSCO version 1.3 on 30 October 2019. Careerforce has received enquiries seeking advice about these changes however, Careerforce cannot provide immigration advice.

For advice about immigration changes, please contact Immigration New Zealand on 0508 558 855

We have also received requests to issue qualifications following a pay equity assessment. Our role in pay equity is simply to assess qualifications for equivalency, for pay equity purposes. Pay equity assessments do not lead to the awarding of the actual New Zealand qualification and no certificate will be issued.


Pay Equity and Qualification Equivalency

For complete information on the pay equity settlement, including the associated pay rates, please go to the Ministry of Health. For specific information on the 2018 mental health & addiction support worker pay equity settlement, please go here.

As part of both the 2017 aged care and support pay equity settlement, and the 2018 mental health and addiction support worker settlement, workers can qualify for pay equity via either job tenure, or level of qualification.

For qualification based pay equity, support workers either need to have an actual New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Level 2-4),  or a qualification which has been assessed as equivalent to it.

Careerforce was given responsibility for determining qualification equivalence, and to date, have assessed over 7000 New Zealand and overseas qualifications. You can find out more about the assessment process here.

STEP 1 – Review all Assessed Qualifications

STEP 2 – Check if a Blanket Decision applies to your Qualification

STEP 3 – If required, complete Qualification Assessment Application Form


Before you submit a qualification for assessment, please ensure you have already thoroughly checked the already assessed qualifications. If still submitting a qualification for assessment, please follow the instructions very closely, as the assessment cannot be completed otherwise.

Please note:  Only people currently employed as a care and support worker in New Zealand are eligible to apply for a Pay Equity Assessment.