Upgrades to the
Defence Force Recruiting
Special Skills Store
assessments for Temporary
Business (Long Stay) –
Standard Business
Sponsorship (Subclass 457)
Changes to General Skilled
Migration program for the trades
Upgrades to the VETASSESS Test
Used by many RTOs for entry into specific courses, the VETASSESS Test was recently upgraded to increase currency, integrate new content and improve accessibility for candidates.

  • We aligned questions in the VETASSESS Test to performance indicators in the Australian Core Skills Framework, the new standard for adult literacy and numeracy in Australia. Based on feedback from clients, we also updated test questions and introduced new questions. New versions of the tests will be released in January 2011.

  • Our highly anticipated VETASSESS Test Candidate Preparation Kit is now available for purchase through our website. This Kit gives candidates a better understanding of the test content. It also includes study tips and new sample questions for each test component.

  • In January 2011, we will introduce a new marking model for the English Writing Skills component of the VETASSESS Test. While the requirements of the test are unchanged for candidates, scores now have a numeric value. This gives both the RTO and the candidate a better understanding of the candidate’s literacy competence.

  • To streamline online VETASSESS Test bookings, the tests formerly known as Certificate IV Nursing and Diploma of Nursing are now referred to collectively as Enrolled Nursing.
For more information on the VETASSESS Test, contact Alina Haran on 03 9655 4712.

VETASSESS wins Defence Force Recruiting contract
Recently, we successfully bid for a contract with Defence Force Recruiting to deliver the Alternative Education Equivalency Scheme (AEES) testing service.

The AEES is an alternative pathway for Australian Defence Force candidates who either do not meet or do not have evidence of the required education standard for a specific Defence Force Recruiting employment category. Candidates must be eligible in all other areas and need to have two years of relevant work/life experience and skills after completing school.

From 2006 to 2010 Defence Force Recruiting contracted us to develop the AEES tests for Year 10 and Year 12 in English, mathematics and science, and to operate the testing service nationally. During this period we tested over 3300 people, providing a significant increase to the number of Defence Force Recruiting candidates.

The new contract for the AEES testing service, which began in September, involves operating the testing service across Australia and expanding the range of tests to include Year 9 English and mathematics, and Year 10 and Year 12 advanced mathematics.

For more information, visit or call 13 19 01.

Special Skills Store graduation
We recently celebrated the graduation of more than 70 community guides who successfully gained their Certificate III in Community Work through the efforts of the North Western Skills Store.

The community guides have completed an AMES Community Guides program, which trains and employs former refugees to provide settlement assistance to newly arrived refugees from their own community and/or language group. Through the Skills Store, these people now have a national recognised formal qualification that will increase their employment opportunities and give them further study options.

The North Western Skills Store, managed by VETASSESS, offers free expert advice on how to gain a nationally recognised qualification for skills obtained through work and life experience. Consultants help clients to identify their skills and explain how these skills can be formally recognised. The service can be used by individuals wishing to upgrade their qualifications, or by businesses looking to upskill their staff.

"Our community guides are extremely proud to have received the Certificate III in Community Work," said Susan Chou Allender, General Manager Settlement Services, AMES.

"Going through a rigorous assessment process to demonstrate the practical skills they gained on the job gave them an incredible confidence boost. Many now feel positive about having a real career path and are eager to do further study. We’d like to thank the Skills Store for having facilitated the process."

Joseph Youhana, (community guide) is congratulated by Ian McHutchison, (AMES CEO) and Dianne Semmens (Kangan Institute Manager).

Say Ka Pray Say (community guide) is congratulated by Ian McHutchison, (AMES CEO) and Dianne Semmens (Kangan Institute Manager). Skills Store, AMES and Kangan Institute staff.

Update on VETASSESS assessments for Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457)
Since the year, we have provided skills assessment for people applying for the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program and Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457).

We work independently with our clients to service their assessment and/or training needs and are not aligned to any specific agency or enterprises. Our efficient and effective assessment process delivers outcomes in line with our clients' needs.

As an assessment organisation, we have numerous independent partners who can provide training in pre-assessment and gap training in the country of our clients’ choice. This means that we offer a seamless system – from application right through to job ready employees.

Our service includes:
  • on-shore technical interviews (Australia)
  • off-shore technical interviews
  • practical assessments (off-shore)
Our assessment process has evolved over a number of years and is regularly reviewed in response to client feedback. The practical assessment process is now structured to enable candidates to complete the assessments in one day (currently, practical assessments are held on a monthly basis in Manila).

We provide assessments in the following trades.

Trade occupations assessed by VETASSESS

Countries where VETASSESS can conduct skills assessment

 Automotive Electrician
 Carpenter and Joiner
 Diesel Motor Mechanic
 Electrician (General)

 Fitter and Turner
 Metal Fabricator
 Metal Mechanist (First class)
 Motor Mechanic (General)
 Motorcycle Mechanic
 Panel Beater
 Sheetmetal Worker
 Vehicle Painter

 Papua New Guinea
 South Africa

To book or find out more about skills assessment, tel: +613 9655 4801, email
or visit

Changes to General Skilled Migration program for the trades
Working in partnership with Kangan Institute and GippsTAFE, we conduct trade skills assessments under the General Skilled Migration Program for people with trade skills intending to migrate to Australia from specified countries.

From 5 December 2010, we are expanding this service to include additional countries and occupations.


Trade occupations (ANZSCO code)

  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Ireland
  • Korea (Sth)
  • United Arab Emirates

(Please note that the service previously applied to ‘residents’ and now applies to ‘citizens’ of the selected countries.)

  • Bricklayer (331111)
  • Carpenter (331212)
  • Joiner (331213)
  • Carpenter and Joiner (331211)
  • Electrician (General) (341111)
  • Plumber (General) (334111)
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (321211)
  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic (342111)
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (Heavy Vehicle) (3212120
  • Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313)
  • Metal Fabricator (322311)
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker (322211)
  • Vehicle Painter (324311)
  • Welder (First Class) (322313)

A new requirement is that applicants must complete a TradeSET report to submit with their application. They need to visit to complete this self-evaluation.

For more information tel: 61 3 9655 4801, email or visit (select 'Migrate to Australia' and then 'Applying for a trade assessment').

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