Skills Assessment for Overseas Skills Registry - Victoria

VETASSESS is offering skills assessments for eligible overseas qualified professionals and tradespersons to apply for an account on the Overseas Skills Registry at http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/overseasskillsregistry.

Eligibility

Applicants requiring a VETASSESS skills Assessment for supporting documentation to apply for an account on the Overseas Skills Registry at http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/overseasskillsregistry must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • live in Victoria (must be onshore)
  • have not previously had a skills assessment for migration
  • hold an Australian permanent residency visa or an Australian visa with a sub-class 309, 475, 495, 300 or 444 granted in the last five years
  • intend to create an account on the Overseas Skills Registry on the Live in Victoria website and have an eligible occupation for that purpose
  • have overseas skills in a trade or in a general professional occupation listed on the Overseas Skills Registry website.

 

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Trade occupations

For the trade occupations, VETASSESS will assess your knowledge, experience and skills through a process known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The assessment determines whether you meet the competencies for an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification in your trade. The qualification level for most Australian trades is AQF Certificate III.

If you meet all the required units of competency, VETASSESS will issue you with an AQF qualification for that occupation. If you only meet some of the required units of competency, VETASSESS will issue a Statement of Attainment which lists the units of competency which you met. Please note that the Overseas Skills Registry does not accept Statements of Attainment as supporting evidence for an account application. For further information about the VETASSESS assessment process, please select your occupation from the drop down menu on this page.

 

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General professional occupations

VETASSESS assesses a wide range of general professional occupations for:

  • managers and professionals
  • technicians
  • community and personal service workers
  • clerical, administrative and sales workers

Residents of Victoria who select a general professional occupation for the Overseas Skills Registry, may apply to VETASSESS for a skilla assessment comprising either a qualification only assessment, or a qualification and employment assessment. VETASSESS does not assess employment on its own for the general professional occupations. The VETASSESS assessment for a general professional occupation determines whether your qualifications, or qualifications and employment, are highly relevant to the occupation which you have selected for your application for the Overseas Skills Registry.

Note: Depending on the occupation, registration with the relevant Australian registration authority may be required. For some occupations, employers may require applicants to have membership of the relevant professional association. The VETASSESS assessment does not guarantee successful occupational registration or membership of a professional body, or guarantee a successful employment outcome.


The VETASSESS skills assessment criteria for the general professional occupations are as follows:

Qualification only assessment

  • a qualification which is assessed at the required educational level, in a field of study highly relevant to the selected occupation

Qualification and employment assessment

  • a qualification which is assessed at the required educational level, in a field of study highly relevant to the selected occupation; and
  • at least one year of employment completed at an appropriate level over the last five years in a field highly relevant to the selected occupation.

Note: These skills assessments are not for migration purposes.

What if I don’t have a qualification with a highly relevant field of study?

A qualification and employment assessment for some general professional occupations may consider additional years of highly relevant employment to compensate for a qualification which is at an appropriate level but not in a highly relevant field, or to compensate for employment which is pre-qualification. Also, the number of years of this additional employment may be reduced if the applicant holds an additional qualification in a highly relevant field of study but not at the required educational level for the selected occupation. See the Assessment Criteria for your particular occupation.

 

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Occupations

Engineering and Building
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Trades
Biotechnology and Science
Financial Services and Human Resources
Tourism and Hospitality
Health
Education
Land and Spatial Sciences
Automotive Trades
Construction Trades

 

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Application fees

Application fees for Skills Assessments
to support registration on the Overseas Skills Registry – Victoria
RPL Assessment for licensed trades* AUD $1,500
RPL Assessment for listed licensed trades**:
          • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
AUD $1,800
Qualifications assessment for a general professional occupation AUD $360
Qualifications and employment assessment for a general professional occupation AUD $590

*Non-licensed trade assessment fees will increase to $1,850 effective 01 February 2014
**Licensed trade assessment fees will increase to $2,150 effective 01 February 2014

VETASSESS Refund Policy


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GENERAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Group A
Level of Qualifications
Field of study
Employment
Qualification/s assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or Australian higher degree level with a highly relevant major and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
Group A VETASSESS occupations which may be selected for the Overseas Skills Registry, Victoria

According to ANZSCO, an Actuary analyses mathematical, statistical, demographic, financial or economic data to predict and assess the long-term risk involved in financial decisions and planning.

This occupation requires a major in Actuarial Studies or Actuarial Science. Actuarial Studies is the application of mathematical and statistical analysis to compute risks, rates etc according to probabilities indicated by recorded facts in order to solve financial planning problems in areas such as insurance, superannuation and investment (ASCED). Qualifications in Mathematics or Statistics can be considered on a case-by-case basis for relevance to Actuarial Science.
 Actuary

  Agricultural Consultant

  Agricultural Scientist

  Cartographer

  Chemist


A Chemist studies the chemical and physical properties of substances, and develops and monitors chemical processes and production (ANZSCO). Chemistry (or Chemical Sciences) is the study of the composition, structure, chemical reactions and transformations of matter (ASCED).

A major in Chemistry would include subjects such as analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry with an additional focus on modern applications such as nanotechnology, analytical and environmental chemistry, polymer science and surface science.

Qualifications in Food Science or Food Technology do not usually have the breadth and depth of Chemistry related subjects to be considered positive for this occupation. Applicants should consider the occupation of 234212 Food Technologist instead.

This occupation should not be confused with 251512 Industrial Pharmacists, who undertake research, testing and analysis related to the development, production, storage, quality control and distribution of drugs and related supplies.

This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

A highly relevant field of study is Construction Project Management, which is the study of planning and controlling building projects (ASCED). General management degrees without underpinning or related studies in construction/civil engineering or building would not usually be positively assessed for this occupation. Architecture qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Construction Project Manager


Environmental Health Officers develop, enforce and evaluate environmental health policies, programs and strategies to improve health outcomes, and oversees the implementation and monitoring of environmental health legislation. Specialisations under this occupation include Food Safety Auditor and Food Safety Officer (ANZSCO).

Applicants with qualifications and employment in Nutrition or Dietetics should contact the Dieticians Association of Australia which is the relevant assessing authority for the occupation of Dietitian – 251111.
 Environmental Health Officer

  Forester

  Geologist

  Geophysicist

  Internal Auditor

An Internal Auditor examines, verifies, evaluates and reports on financial, operational and managerial processes, systems and outcomes to ensure financial and operational integrity and compliance, and assists in business process reviews, risk assessments, developing deliverables and reporting progress against outcomes (ANZSCO).

This occupation should not be confused with Accountants and External Auditors, occupations assessed by the accounting bodies.

This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications. A Land Economist provides advice on the administration as well as commercial and operational use of land and property. Specialises in property areas such as industrial, commercial, rural and retail, or in property research or property investment analysis (ANZSCO).

A highly relevant field of study is Land Economics, which is the study of economic principles applicable to the use of land. Other closely related majors such as property or real estate may be considered on a case by case basis.

Degrees with general economics units without subjects in property/land economics/valuation would not be assessed positively.
Land Economist


A Landscape Architect plans and designs land areas for projects such as open space networks, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for all building types, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites (ANZSCO).

A highly relevant degree in Landscape Architecture would include study of planning, designing and installing exterior environments with concern for functionality, practicality and human needs and requirements. It includes the design of parks and gardens integrated with the built environment (ASCED). Degrees in Architectural studies without a major in Landscape Architecture will not be assessed positively, unless the applicant has official registration as a Landscape Architect.

Employment undertaking full time employment in highly relevant tasks as a Landscape Architect is required. Registration as a Landscape Architect will be highly regarded.
Landscape Architect

 Life Scientist nec

 Mathematician

 Medical Administrator


This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

The occupation of Medical Administrator describes someone who plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates medical programs and clinical services in a hospital or other health service facility, maintains standards of medical care, provides leadership to ensure an appropriately skilled medical workforce, and contributes to health service planning (ANZSCO).

The role of Medical Administrator is usually the most senior medical management position in a hospital. They may also be known by other titles such as Medical Manager, Director of Clinical Services, and Director of Medical Services.

Medical administration is administration or management utilising the medical and clinical knowledge, skill, and judgement of a registered medical practitioner, and capable of affecting the health and safety of the public or any person (RACMA). A highly relevant field of study is Medicine. In addition, Medical Administrators may hold higher qualifications in Health Administration and Public Health.

Please note that this occupation is at a higher skill level and tasks are different to practicing physicians, medical officers, nursing managers, interns, administrative hospital staff and non-hospital practice managers.

Other managers in health care settings may better fit under other occupations in ANZSCO and therefore would not be assessed positively for this occupation. These other occupations include 134213 Primary Health Organisation Manager, which covers out-of-hospital health services, and 134299 Health and Welfare Services Managers nec, which includes Directors of Health Professional Services not elsewhere classified.

Qualifications in Dentistry, Nursing or allied health fields such as Homeopathy, would not usually meet the requirements for this occupation.
Metallurgist

 Natural and Physical
 Science Professionals
 NEC

 Occupational Health
 and Safety Officer



An Occupational Health and Safety Officer develops, implements and evaluates risk management policies and programs, trains employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitors and audits the workplace, and records and investigates incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions (ANZSCO).

Alternative titles for this occupation include Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator and Occupational Health and Safety Officer.

A highly relevant field of study is Occupational Health and Safety which is the study of recognising, evaluating and controlling environmental factors associated with the interaction of individuals and the workplace (ASCED definition).

Qualifications which do not have a major in OH&S will be considered on a case by case basis provided that the employment is assessed as highly relevant to the nominated occupation. For example, a qualification in building and construction, as well as short courses and/or licensing in OH&S combined with employment in a construction setting, primarily in a full time OH&S role.
Other Spatial Scientist

  Physicist

VETASSESS is the assessing body responsible for the occupation of Physicist, which includes the specialisation of Astronomer. This occupation is available for ENS and State/ Territory nomination only.

Applicants with qualifications and employment as a 234914 Medical Physicist wishing to be assessed for GSM purposes are advised that this occupation is assessed by Australian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ASPSEM).
 Primary Health  Organisation Manager

 Project Builder

This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

According to ANZSCO, a Project Builder plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the construction, alteration and renovation of dwellings and other buildings, and the physical and human resources involved in the building process. Registration or licensing is required.

A highly relevant field of study is Building Science and Technology, or Building Construction Management.
Psychotherapist


Psychotherapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders using psychotherapeutic methods which have a particular focus on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client (ANZSCO).

Fields of study which are considered for a positive assessment include Psychotherapy and Psychology. Programs which lack practical training in Psychotherapy are unlikely to be assessed positively.
Research and
 Development Manager

 Statistician

 Urban and Regional  Planner

 Vocational Education  Teacher (non-trades)

 Valuer


This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

Applicants must have undertaken relevant studies in the area of valuation. Valuation is the study of valuing land, buildings, businesses, properties, machinery, art and personal items (ASCED/ANZSCO).

General business, commerce or economics study without subjects in valuation, such as property/land economics/valuation would not be assessed positively.
Welfare Centre  Manager

This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification assessed as comparable to an Australian Bachelor degree, as well as one year of highly relevant employment in the nominated occupation. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

A Welfare Centre Manager plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates a centre, program or project concerned with social welfare support (ANZSCO).

A highly relevant field of study would be in the broad discipline of Welfare Studies and Services which develops an understanding of public and social policy theory and social welfare practice, incorporating the provision of personal services to individuals and family groups who are socially disadvantaged or otherwise in need. Other majors in social science may be considered on a case by case basis.
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GENERAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Group B
Level of Qualifications
Field of study
Employment
Qualification/s assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or Australian higher degree level with a highly relevant major and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
OR
Qualification/s assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or Australian higher degree level with another qualification with a highly relevant major assessed at either AQF Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Australian Associate Degree or Australian Graduate Diploma level and at least two years of highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
OR
Qualification/s assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or Australian higher degree level with none of the above and at least three years of highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
Group B VETASSESS general professional occupations which may be selected for the Overseas Skills Registry, Victoria
Hotel or Motel Manager

Human Resource Manager

Production Manager (Mining)

 
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GENERAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Group C
Level of Qualifications
Field of study
Employment
A qualification assessed at AQF Diploma/AQF Advanced Diploma/Australian Associate Degree level. with a highly relevant major and at least one year of highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
OR
A qualification assessed at AQF Diploma/AQF Advanced Diploma/Australian Associate Degree level. without a highly relevant major and at least two years of highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
See Pre- and post-qualification employment
Group C VETASSESS general professional occupations which may be selected for the Overseas Skills Registry, Victoria
Building Associate

Hotel or Motel Manager

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GENERAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Group E
Level of Qualifications
Field of study
Employment
A qualification assessed at least at AQF Diploma level. with a highly relevant major and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.
Group E VETASSESS occupations which may be selected for the Overseas Skills Registry, Victoria
 

Dental Hygienist

A Dental Hygienist carries out preventative dental procedures under the direction of a Dentist (ANZSCO).

This occupation requires a highly relevant qualification at least at AQF Diploma level, and one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment. Additional years of employment cannot compensate for the lack of relevant qualifications.

Highly relevant qualifications would usually be in the area of Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Therapy or Oral Health Therapy.

Studies and employment in Dentistry or Dental Surgery cannot be assessed positively for this occupation.

Tasks undertaken must be related to those of a Dental Hygienist.


 

 

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