Health Promotion Officer

ANZSCO Code: 251911 / Group A

Health Promotion Officers help health and community groups make people healthier by spreading the word about good habits, diseases, disabilities, and other health topics.

Health Promotion Officer

Occupation Descriptions

Health Promotion Officers work with health and community groups to promote the health of individuals and communities by promoting knowledge about healthy lifestyles, disease and disability, and other health-related topics.

Alternative Titles:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator

Occupations considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Asthma Educator
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Childbirth Educator

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist

These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO or are not at the required skill level.

Group allocation:

Health Promotion Officer is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

To qualify for this occupation, you need an educational background equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field closely related to the occupation. Additionally, you must have at least one year of highly relevant post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years.

Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:

  • The qualification(s) are not at the required educational level
  • The qualification(s) are not in a highly relevant field of study
  • The employment has been completed prior to the completion of the qualification. 

A positive assessment of both your qualifications and employment is necessary for a successful Skills Assessment outcome in this occupation.

Health Promotion Officer is a VETASSESS Group A occupation

To qualify for this occupation, you must have a qualification equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor’s degree or higher in a closely related field. Additionally, you need at least one year of highly relevant post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level, completed within the last five years.

Meeting the required skill level entails several criteria:

  • Qualifications must match the required educational level.
  • Qualifications should be in a highly relevant field of study.
  • Employment must occur after the completion of the qualification.

For a successful Skills Assessment outcome, both qualifications and employment must receive a positive assessment.

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Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week): 

To fulfill the requirements, you must have one year of paid employment, working at least 20 hours per week, after completing your qualification. This employment should be highly relevant to the nominated occupation and at an appropriate skill level. Additionally, it must have occurred within the last five years before applying for a Skills Assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree

Qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels are considered for this occupation. A major in medicine or health science may also be assessed on a case-by-case basis, considering the subjects undertaken and the relevance of post-qualification employment. Relevant subjects might include Public Health, Health Policy, Environmental Health, Health Data Science, Social Health, Communicable Diseases, Cultural Health Policies, Epidemiology, and Health Education and Promotion.

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health


Tasks highly relevant to this occupation include:

  • Developing communication objectives related to health issues.
  • Identifying the audience most in need or at risk and determining the best method to reach them.
  • Creating publicity and presentations on health topics.
  • Writing materials to promote health issues.
  • Delivering presentations to community groups to raise awareness of health issues.
  • Setting up displays focused on health topics.

Tasks that Health Promotion Officers typically perform include:

  • Assisting community groups in planning, developing, maintaining, and evaluating community resources, programs, and support networks.
  • Researching, analysing, and aiding council, town planning, corporate planning, and environmental health departments in developing community service policies.
  • Conducting administrative tasks, such as written correspondence, preparing submissions and reports for government bodies or other agencies, and attending management meetings.
  • Raising awareness of healthy lifestyles, diseases, disabilities, and other health-related issues.
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    Employment information

    Health Promotion Officers typically assist health and community groups in improving the health of individuals and communities. They are commonly employed in local, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, health agencies, and community service institutes.

    • An Asthma Educator provides education and support about asthma to adults and children, covering topics such as understanding asthma, triggers, medication usage, and emergency procedures.
    • A Diabetes Educator specializes in providing diabetes self-management education, offering personalized advice on managing blood glucose levels, arranging tests for diabetes complications, and providing support for individuals with diabetes.
    • A Childbirth Educator offers evidence-based information about the physiology of birth to expectant parents. Their goal is to empower families with knowledge and skills to make informed decisions throughout pregnancy and labor, ensuring they can advocate for themselves during the childbirth process.

    Supporting Material for Assessment

    When applying for a Skills Assessment, it’s essential to provide enough evidence to support your claims regarding identity, qualifications, and employment. You can find a comprehensive list of required documents on the VETASSESS website under Eligibility Criteria.

    How to apply

    If you’re considering migrating to Australia as a professional, chances are you’ll need to undergo assessment by VETASSESS. We assess individuals across 360 different professional occupations, evaluating your skills, experience, and qualifications to ensure they meet the standards required for migration.

    1. Find

    Find the VETASSESS occupation that best matches your abilities and experience.

    2. Match

    Match your skills and experience to your chosen occupation.

    3. Prepare

    Get ready to apply by preparing all the information and documents you need. 

    4. Apply

    Apply online when you’re ready. If you’re still unsure, skills assessment support is available when you need it.