Announcement: Changes to Careerforce’s role in Pay Equity
Careerforce wish to advise that we are no longer accepting new applications for qualification equivalency assessment (for pay equity purposes). We will process all applications received prior to 31 December 2019 and expect these assessments to be completed and outcomes notified before 31 March 2020*.

In June 2017, and as part of the implementation of the pay equity legislation, Careerforce was tasked with the responsibility for determining qualification equivalency.

Since this time, we have:

  • Processed over 8,000 individual applications.
  • Assessed over 1,800 qualifications, domestic and international.
  • Assessed over 1,000 qualifications as being equivalent, for the purposes of pay equity.

Careerforce’s role in pay equity was expected to have a finite time-frame and has borne considerable associated costs. As a registered private company with charitable status, the Careerforce Board has deemed that it is no longer tenable, nor sustainable for Careerforce to continue with this role.

From 2020, employees can still achieve pay equity via qualifications – they can review the extensive list of over 1000 qualifications already assessed as equivalent (as listed here), or complete the Health & Wellbeing Level 2, 3, 4 qualifications via a provider of their choice.

More information

*Qualifications assessed to date are listed here and will continue to be updated until 31 March 2020. Beyond 31 March 2020, this list of qualification equivalencies is final, but will remain available for visibility.


Announcement: 5 November 2019 – Recent immigration changes
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.

Review all Assessed Qualifications

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