The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is the body authorised to do skills assessments for Australian migration purposes.
On 17 September 2013 ANMAC has sent the following information regarding the skills assessment process:
“New process of returning applications for migration skills assessments when incorrect documents are submitted”
“New protocol to be implemented
To continue to process applications in a timely manner, ANMAC is introducing a new protocol to manage incomplete and incorrect applications. Applications that are received incomplete or without correct supporting documentation will be returned. This will allow the applicant and their nominated agent to review the requirements for each document before resubmitting the application.
This new process will reduce the unnecessary administrative burden on the ANMAC assessors allowing for faster assessment times while ensuring that responsibility for the submission of correct documents appropriately resides with the applicant and their nominated agent.
We appreciate your support and assistance with the new assessment strategy.”
The release by ANMAC provides the following description in the rise in the number of applications for assessment and the documents that are usually required. “
“ Situation analysis
As you would be aware from the information provided on our website, the ANMAC assessment process can take more than 14 weeks during busy periods. ANMAC has been experiencing unprecedented numbers of skills assessment applications since the introduction of SkillSelect by DIAC in January 2013.
Traditionally ANMAC has assessed approximately 2000 applications per year. Since 1 January 2013 this has increased significantly to an average of over 100 applications per week, putting us on course to assess over 5000 applications this calendar year. The increase in application numbers has created extended assessment times for skills assessments although we are working to mitigate this.
The following steps have already been taken by ANMAC to improve assessment times:
New database to improve information storing and reporting
- Increasing number of assessors and support staff
- Increasing attendance at Migration Institute of Australia continuing professional development sessions to inform agents of ways to minimise barriers to their clients’ assessment process
- Checklist for required documents to ensure only those required documents are provided
The increase in applications has created an additional administrative burden on ANMAC especially where the submission includes incorrect documents and incomplete applications.
Common errors include:
- Incorrect certification of documents including cover sheet and photograph
- Incorrect AHPRA registration certificates
- Missing education details (eg graduation certificates) for bridging/adaptation programs
- Submission of professional references that do not meet ANMAC requirements, despite a template being available on our website
- Submission of unsolicited documents such as pay slips, utility bills, drivers licence, police criminal history checks (not required)
- Submission of continuing professional development documents such as OH&S, mandatory training updates and other short course certificates
- Curriculum Vitae or resume (not required) “
Source: Information released by ANMAC on 17 September 2013