Registered Migration Australia
VETASSESS (see www.vetassess.com.au) assesses most professional and general occupations. For a full skills assessment, VETASSESS considers the following factors:
VETASSESS draws on the Country Education Profiles published by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to determine the equivalent level of overseas qualifications.
The Country Education Profiles were previously available in book format, but now AEI-NOOSR offers a fee based subscription service through the internet for up to date Country Education Profiles. Either an individual profile or a set of countries can be subscribed to.
Download the Australian Country Education Profile Guide
In order to obtain a full skills assessment from VETASSESS for use with a GSM visa application, an applicant must:
Applicants for Skilled, Temporary Graduate, Graduate Work stream, subclass 485 visas who do not have appropriate work experience may apply for provisional skills assessment for use with their 485 application. A Skilled – Temporary Graduate, Graduate Work stream, subclass 485 visa applicant needs to demonstrate to VETASSESS that their qualification is ‘highly relevant’ to their occupation in order to obtain a positive skills assessment. Such applicants who then wish to lodge a subclass 489 or permanent 189 or 190 GSM visa application would need to obtain a full skills assessment from Vetassess once they have gained sufficient work experience in their occupation.
There are a number of ways to apply for skills assessment in a trade for GSM purposes:
TRA Job Ready Program
This pathway is available for international students completing at least two years of trade studies in Australia.
There are two main stages:
1) Provisional assessment: this requires the student to have completed the two-year study requirement and a Certificate III or higher in the trade occupation, show Competent English plus have at least 360 hours of work experience in the occupation. This assessment is used to apply for a Skilled – Temporary Graduate, Graduate Work stream, subclass 485 visa.
2) Job Ready Program: students need to work full-time for an Australian employer in their trade for at least 12 months, undertake workplace training approved by TRA, and pass a workplace assessment to obtain a positive assessment. This assessment can then be used to apply for a permanent or provisional GSM visa.
Offshore Skills Assessment Program (Trade Test)
Applicants with certain trades (see http://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/Programs/Offshore/Pages/default.aspx) and with passports from certain countries (currently China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Fiji, India, Iran, Ireland, South Korea, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) must undertake a trade test through an authorised TRA approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO). TRA approved RTOs include VETASSESS, Victoria University and Future Skills International.
Download the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) Guide (in effect July 2017)
TRA Migration Skills Assessment
This pathway is for applicants seeking a skills assessment for migration purposes and who are not required to seek skills assessment through the TRA Job Ready Program or the Offshore Skills Assessment Program.
In summary, an applicant needs to demonstrate that:
For Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Professionals, including ICT Managers (see www.acs.org.au) – the Australian Computer Society has a number of skills assessment pathways.
Recent Australian graduates who have satisfied the Australian study requirement require a Bachelor degree or higher with an ICT major in a field of study closely related to the nominated occupation. Recent Australian graduates do not need to show relevant work experience in the nominated occupation for skills assessment purposes.
If an applicant does not have an ICT-related qualification, they may apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For skills assessment purposes they need to have at least six years of full-time professional ICT work experience (relevant to the nominated occupation) if they hold a non-ICT qualification, and at least eight years if they do not hold any tertiary qualifications. In addition to evidence of work experience, such applicants are required to submit two project reports providing a detailed description of a career episode in their employment history with sufficient detail as evidence of applying the claimed knowledge to a working situation.
For an applicant that does not come within the above categories:
135111 - ICT CIO
135112 - ICT Project Manager
135199 - ICT Managers nec
223211 - ICT Trainer
261111 - ICT Business Analysts
261211 - Multimedia Specialist
261311 - Analyst Programmer
261312 - Developer Programmer
261313 - Software Engineer
261314 - Software Tester
261399 - Software and Application Programmer
262111- Database Administrator
262112 - ICT Security Specialist
The ACS accepts ICT work experience where the person has worked 20 hours or more per week.
Download the ANZSCO occupation list for ICT Professionals Guide (V4 in effect 2017):
The following occupational groups are assessed by Engineers Australia (see www.engineersaustralia.org.au):
There are four main skills assessment pathways through Engineers Australia:
Postgraduate (ie graduate diploma or masters) qualifications are not sufficient in lieu of the relevant bachelor level qualification in engineering.
Engineers Australia requires at least six or more for each component of IELTS but waives testing where the applicant is a native English speaker or has completed a bachelor degree, masters or PhD in Australia or at a recognised English speaking educational institution.
The Engineers Australia Migration Skills Assessment guide can be found here:
There are three skills assessing authorities for a number of accounting related occupations on the Skilled Occupation List. A positive assessment from any of the following suffices in applying for skilled migration:
All accounting assessing authorities now require a minimum of 7 in each of the four bands of Academic IELTS, or completion of the Professional Year in accounting.
There are two pathways for skills assessment in these occupations:
Each occupation assessed by the accounting bodies has different essential core subjects which must be covered for a positive assessment. For example, Business Finance is optional for general accountants, but essential for finance managers.
If an applicant is applying for a Skilled – Temporary Graduate, Graduate Work stream, subclass 485 visa, then they can obtain a provisional skills assessment, provided they have completed the relevant 9 out of the 12 core accounting subjects and have evidence of an Academic or General IELTS test score with a minimum of 6 on each component of the test.
CPA Australia can assess your qualifications and skills for the following occupations:
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (see www.aitsl.edu.au) assesses a number of teaching occupations. The main requirements for a positive assessment are:
View AITSL Assessment for Migration updates and ANZSCO occupation list for Teachers here:
The applicant must be accredited at professional level (formally level 3) or higher by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI: see www.naati.com.au) as a translator or interpreter for the purposes of skills assessment in these occupations. This requirement is higher than the requirement for allocation of points for designated language under Schedule 6D to the Regulations which requires that the applicant be accredited at paraprofessional level (formally level 2) by NAATI.
There are two main pathways for skills assessment as a translator or interpreter:
Download the Accreditation for Migration Purposes Booklet Booklet (in effect Feb 2017)
These professionals have very demanding and time consuming skills assessment requirements. Skills assessment can be a complex process and can include a number of requirements, including:
In addition, most health professionals are now regulated by a national board, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This has resulted in detailed changes to the registration requirements for such professionals, most significantly in English language ability.
Visa Common Application Forms the process of Registration here:
Information for VETASSESS Test for the Diploma of Nursing Enrolled Nursing/Division 2 Nursing can be found here:
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