Skill Assessment (Summary 101)

You must provide from the relevant assessing authority a full (permanent) skills assessment which must be used for Points Tested Skilled.
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Skil Assessment

When applying for visas such as Employer Sponsorship (SC 186, 187, 457) and General Skilled Migration (SC 189, 190, 489) primarily. You must provide evidence that your skills are in fact ‘assessed as suitable’ for your nominated occupation (either Short term or Long term)

Skilled occupation list: Click here for the list.

Occupations primarily fall under two broad categories. Number one is General Professional occupations (Includes Marketing, Accounting…). Another is trade occupations (Includes Cooking, Hospitality…). Depending on the nominated occupation, an appropriate ‘Skill Assessing Authority’. Such as VETASSESS, TRA, AIM, IPA etc. will undertake your skill assessment.

Assessing authority: Skill Assessing Authority.

When lodging your application with an assessment authority, (for most cases) you will require post-secondary education . Such as university or relevant qualifications (such as RPL) in case of trades in order to receive a positive skill assessment. Apart from this, a mandatory checklist of documents required are:

1.     Application Fee.

2.     Photograph.

3.     Proof of identity.

4.     Change of name.

5.     Qualification Evidence.

6.     Employment Evidence.

7.     Resume / Curriculum Vitae.

This process usually takes about 4-8 weeks depending on the nominated occupation. If you need additional guidance for your application, Skills Assessment Support (SAS) may be for you.

Skill assessment applications can be lodged both online or offline at varying costs depending on the skill assessing authority. Online applications would generally cost $968 and offline applications would generally cost $1039

Please Note: The skill assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment or a maximum of three years from date of issue, whichever comes first.

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