Frequently asked questions

I want to apply for a skills assessment

1. How to apply?
2. What are the current requirements for a VETASSESS Skills Assessment if I nominate a general occupation for migration purposes?
3. What documents will I need to submit with my application?
4. Do I need to submit original or certified documents as part of my evidence?
5. Is there an exam or interview required for the assessment?
6. Will the assessment require English language skills such as IELTS test results?

Nominating an ANZSCO occupation

7. What is ANZSCO?
8. What is a 'nec' occupation and how does VETASSESS assess this type of occupation?
9. What is the ANZSCO Skill Level and how does that affect VETASSESS applicants?
10. How can I find out more about my nominated occupation?
11. I am unsure of the ANZSCO occupation to nominate. Can VETASSESS advise me?
12. What are the Skilled Occupation Lists?
13. How often will the Skilled Occupation Lists change?
14. Which occupation do you recommend for my visa option? Which Skilled Occupation List (SOL) applies to me?
15. Will VETASSESS advise me to change my nominated occupation while my skills assessment application is in progress?

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Applicants

16. I need to apply for a 485 visa. Do I need to get my employment assessed by VETASSESS?
17. I am currently on a 485 visa after receiving a VETASSESS assessment for that purpose, and wish to apply for permanent residency. Do I need to be reassessed by VETASSESS?

Skills Assessment Criteria

18. What is a highly relevant field of study?
19. What is 'study at the required educational level'?
20. I am a recent graduate with no work experience. Can I still apply for a skills assessment?
21. I have extensive years of work experience in a field highly relevant to my nominated occupation but no formal qualifications. Can I still apply for a skills assessment?
22. What if my employment has not been in a highly relevant field?
23. I have been studying and I am only allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight. Will this be enough for my skills assessment application?
24. What if my employment was more than 5 years ago?
25. What if I worked from 2007 to the start of 2008?
26. Do I need to provide documents relating to my employment, such as references or examples of my work?

Points Test Advice

27. What is Points Test Advice?
28. Who can apply for the Points Test Advice?
29. Will I obtain points based on my assessment result?

After applying for my Skills Assessment

30. What will I get at the end of a successful assessment?
31. What if I do not meet the requirements for my nominated occupation?
32. After receiving a positive VETASSESS skills assessment outcome, I now need to change my nominated occupation. Do I need a reassessment?
33. Will DIBP accept my VETASSESS Skills Assessment if it was issued in ASCO?
34. What if VETASSESS is no longer the Assessment Authority for my occupation

General

35. How long will it take for my assessment to be completed?
36. My visa is expiring soon. How can VETASSESS assist me?
37. What are the application fees?
38. What should I do if my positive Skills assessment is expired?
39. How can I check my application status?
40. How can I receive the result for my skills assessment?
41. Who can certify documents outside of Australia?

 

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I want to apply for a skills assessment

1. How to apply?

You can apply for a new skills assessment online or you can download the application form. For both methods of applying, you will still need to post your documents to VETASSESS.

2. What are the current requirements for a VETASSESS Skills Assessment if I nominate a general occupation for migration purposes?

To be eligible to apply for skills assessment, you must:

  • currently be a permanent resident of a country other than Australia and wish to migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) or the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) program or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
  • nominate a general professional occupation - a managerial, professional, technician, community work, personal service work, clerical or administrative occupation for which VETASSESS is the relevant assessing authority
  • hold post-secondary or higher educational qualifications at the required educational level, in a highly relevant field to your nominated occupation
  • have at least one year of paid employment undertaken in the last five years in a highly relevant field and at the same skill level as your nominated occupation.

For some occupations, additional years of relevant paid employment may compensate for qualifications which are at the required level but lack content relevance. Please see nominating an occupation.

If you have trade qualifications or skills, please see Assess my Trade Skills, as you will require a different assessment process.

Applicants who need a Qualifications Assessment to support an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) will need to hold a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the required educational level on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for the nominated occupation in a highly relevant field of study. After gaining one year of relevant employment, applicants may apply for a full Skills Assessment (qualifications and employment) to support an application for permanent residency under the skilled migration scheme. For more information on qualifications assessment for 485 visas, please click here.

 

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3. What documents will I need to submit with my application?

Please click here for a list of the documents that are to be submitted with your application.

4. Do I need to submit original or certified documents as part of my evidence?

Please submit colour scans of certified copies onto our online applicant portal. Please note that documents will not be returned. Refer to required documents for further information.

5. Is there an exam or interview required for the assessment?

As part of the assessment process, VETASSESS may telephone applicants to clarify information in the application, and to discuss the applicant’s occupational skills. No additional charge will apply for a technical interview.

6. Will the assessment require evidence of my English language skills such IELTS test results?

VETASSESS does not require evidence of English language proficiency for its skills assessment for general professional occupations. However, for information about DIBP’s English language proficiency requirements, please visit their website at www.immi.gov.au.

 

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Nominating an ANZSCO occupation

7. What is ANZSCO?

ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, which replaces the ASCO (Australian Standard Classification of Occupations).

The occupations in ANZSCO have a 6 digit code and are grouped by occupation type:

  • Major Group 1 Managers
  • Major Group 2 Professionals
  • Major Group 3 Technicians and Trades Workers
  • Major Group 4 Community and Personal Service Workers
  • Major Group 5 Clerical and Administrative Workers
  • Major Group 6 Sales Workers
  • Major Group 7 Machinery Operators and Drivers
  • Major Group 8 Labourers

For more information about the definition of ANZSCO Codes, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

 

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8. What is a 'nec' occupation and how VETASSESS assess this type of occupation?

Some occupations assessed by VETASSESS are listed as ‘nec’ which means ‘not elsewhere classified’. Examples are 134499 Education Managers (nec) and 234399 Environmental Scientist (nec). If nominating one of these occupations, applicants must ensure that their qualifications and employment are highly relevant to one of the occupation titles given in the ANZSCO description for the particular occupation. Other specific occupation titles which cannot be found elsewhere in ANZSCO will be considered on a case by case basis so long as they are relevant to the 'nec' codes.

The employment in these nominated occupations should not better match another ANZSCO code (whether assessed by VETASSESS or not).

When considering whether to nominate a 'nec' occupation, applicants should consider the sub major group description and whether their skills best fit this category.

9. What is the ANZSCO Skill Level and how does that affect VETASSESS applicants?

VETASSESS has categorised its general occupations into groups A, B, C, D, E and F for assessment purposes according to the indicative skill level on ANZSCO. You can find out more about our assessment criteria by clicking here.

ANZSCO Skill LevelVETASSESS OCCUPATION GROUP
Skill Level 1 Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree or comparable qualificationGroup A or B
Skill Level 2 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Associate Degree or AQF Advanced Diploma or AQF Diploma or comparable qualificationGroup C or E
Skill Level 3 AQF Certificate III or IV or comparable qualificationGroup D
Skill Level 4 AQF Certificate II or III or comparable qualification Group F

 

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10. How can I find out more about my nominated occupation?

DIBP has information about each occupation and the requirements for migration on their Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) page.

For information about the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Please note that many occupations listed in ANZSCO may not be nominated for visa purposes.

11. I am unsure of the ANZSCO occupation to nominate. Can VETASSESS advise me?

The VETASSESS Advisory Service provides advice to people considering an application to VETASSESS for a Skills Assessment for migration purposes with a nominated general professional occupation.

The Advisory Service will:

  • take you through the steps required to prepare an application for a skills assessment for your nominated occupation
  • advise you whether the documents you are able to provide are sufficient for your application and
  • provide you with information about the nominated occupation or other occupations which may be relevant to your application.

A fee of AUD $130 is payable for each enquiry and AUD $50 discount applies to your first subsequent application to VETASSESS for a skills assessment. Click here for more information regarding Advisory Service.

 

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12. What are the Skilled Occupation Lists?

According to DIBP, the current Skilled Occupation List (SOL) applies to all independent Points based skilled migration applications and Family Sponsored applications. It is also used by Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate Work stream.

The current Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is relevant for Points based skilled migration applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency under a State Migration Plan, applicants applying under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), who must have been nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL, Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) applicants and a few other temporary visa applicants. For more information regarding the current Skilled Occupation Lists, visit the DIBP website at www.immi.gov.au.

 

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13. How often will the Skilled Occupation lists change?

DIBP has indicated that the SOLs will be reviewed every financial year. State Migration plans will also be regularly reviewed to ensure they are meeting the needs of the state and employers.

14. Which occupation do you recommend for my visa option? Which Skilled Occupation List (SOL) applies to me?

For all visa types:

  • You will need to ensure that you meet the assessment requirements for your nominated occupation for both the VETASSESS assessment, and for your visa.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they nominate an appropriate occupation for their visa/sponsorship requirements.
  • For information about visa requirements, applicants should visit the DIBP website at www.immi.gov.au. For more specialised visa advice, applicants may wish to contact DIBP or a MARA registered migration agent.

For all general enquiries correspondence via phone or email, VETASSESS can only provide information regarding our assessment process, and cannot tell you which visa is best for you, which state or territory list your occupation appears on, or whether you will meet the visa requirements.

 

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15. Will VETASSESS advise me to change my nominated occupation while my skills assessment application is in progress?

It is an applicant’s responsibility to decide which occupation to nominate before submitting an application for assessment with VETASSESS. However, you are able to contact VETASSESS to change your nominated occupation at any time before your assessment is finalised.

If your assessment has already been completed, you may apply for another assessment under the criteria relevant to your new nominated occupation.

 

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Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Applicants

16. I need to apply for a 485 visa. Do I need to get my employment assessed by VETASSESS?

No, the assessment to support an application for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) does not require an assessment of employment. You only need to get your qualification(s) assessed for this visa.

17. I am currently on a 485 visa after receiving a VETASSESS assessment for that purpose, and wish to apply for permanent residency. Do I need to be reassessed by VETASSESS?

485 visa holders who applied to VETASSESS after the 1st January 2010 for a qualifications assessment in support of a 485 visa application will need to return to VETASSESS to apply for the Full Skills Assessment (qualifications and employment) to support an application for permanent residency.

 

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Skills Assessment Criteria

18. What is a highly relevant field of study?

A highly relevant field of study is a major which matches your nominated occupation and/or assessed as suitable for employment in your nominated occupation in Australia.

To determine whether a qualification is in a highly relevant field of study to the nominated occupation, VETASSESS considers:

  • whether you hold a specialised qualification or whether your qualification has a major field of study which VETASSESS has identified as being suitable for the occupation in Australia
  • the number of units completed in the relevant field (for example, this is usually 33% for a three year Bachelor degree course, or 25% for a four year Bachelor degree course)
  • the depth (progression) and breadth of study in the major
  • the employment outcomes of the qualification in the country concerned
  • course requirements - thesis, major projects, internships/work placements.

 

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19. What is 'study at the required educational level'?

The qualification to be assessed must be at the educational level required for your nominated occupation. For example, for the nominated occupation of Actuary 224111, you require a qualification assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or Australian higher degree level. Please click here to see the occupations and requirements for each group.

20. I am a recent graduate with no work experience. Can I still apply for a skills assessment?

VETASSESS Skills Assessment applications require an assessment of both qualifications and employment against the criteria for their nominated occupation - work experience is an essential component of the skills assessment application.

21. I have extensive years of work experience in a field highly relevant to my nominated occupation but no formal qualifications. Can I still apply for a skills assessment?

VETASSESS Skills Assessment applications require an assessment of both qualifications and employment against the criteria for their nominated occupation. Post-secondary educational qualifications are mandatory in order to gain a positive skills assessment.

 

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22. What if my employment has not been in a highly relevant field?

Applicants who are applying for a skills assessment to support an application for permanent residency require an assessment of both qualifications and employment. For the employment assessment, VETASSESS requires that applicants provide evidence of at least one year of employment in a field highly relevant to their nominated occupation. If an applicant lacks sufficient highly relevant employment experience at an appropriate skill level, the application for a skills assessment will be unsuccessful. Please check the VETASSESS assessment criteria for each occupation group before nominating an occupation.

23. I have been studying and am only allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight. Will this be enough for my skills assessment application?

In calculating years of paid employment, VETASSESS will count employment of at least 40 hours per fortnight. We will not consider fortnights of less than 40 hours per fortnight even if the average hours of your employment was 40 hours per fortnight or more.

It is important to note that the employment must be paid, should be in a highly relevant field and at the same skill level as the nominated occupation. Generally, the employment needs to be post-qualification to be at the required skill level. Pre-qualification employment may sometimes count for occupations in Groups B, C and D provided that it was completed after the required skill level was achieved:

  • Five years of relevant employment meets the entry level for Group B
  • Three years of relevant employment meets the entry level for Groups C and D
  • Whether pre or post qualification, the employment needs to be within the five years preceding the application to VETASSESS and to be at an appropriate skill level for the occupation.
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    24. What if my employment was more than 5 years ago?

    VETASSESS requires that applicants provide evidence at least one year of employment from anytime in the last 5 years. Employment completed before this cannot be applicable for assessment purposes. VETASSESS will assess employment of no less than 6 month blocks.

    25. What if I worked from 2007 to the start of 2008?

    VETASSESS will only assess employment that was completed within the 5-year period prior to applying. Therefore, in this case we would be unable to assess the employment for skills assessment purposes because it falls outside these parameters. However, this employment can be considered for Points Test Advice.

    26. Do I need to provide documents relating to my employment, such as references or examples of my work?

    Yes, please see the employment section for details of what documentation is required.

     

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    Points Test Advice

    27. What is Points Test Advice?

    Applicants who are applying for a GSM visa may also wish to apply for an Advisory Letter to DIBP for Points Test purposes. You can submit this advisory letter, along with your positive Skills Assessment to DIBP when you apply for a GSM visa. Points Test Advice is provided in addition to and not in place of the Skills Assessment.

    The advice is an opinion of:

    • the comparative educational level of your qualifications against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
    • your employment which has been undertaken in the nominated or closely related occupation in the 10 years before your application to VETASSESS.

    For Points Test purposes, VETASSESS applies DIBP’s definition of “closely related employment” to the nominated occupation. DIBP accepts occupations as being ‘closely related’ where the occupations fall within one unit group under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). Under ANZSCO, occupations are grouped together to form 'unit groups' which is reflected in the first four digits of the ANZSCO number. Generally all unit groups are at one skill level.

    To determine if an occupation is closely related to their nominated occupation, applicants should refer to the ANZSCO website for information about occupations in the same unit group as their nominated occupation.

    For example, if an applicant obtained a skills assessment as a Marketing Specialist (ANZSCO Code 225113) and has skilled employment in the occupations of Advertising Specialist (ANZSCO Code 225111) and Market Research Analyst (ANZSCO Code 225112), the applicant may apply for Points Test Advice to include those periods of employment.

     

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    28. Who can apply for the Points Test Advice?

    People who can apply for Points Test Advice may include:

    • New VETASSESS applicants who have not previously applied for a Skills Assessment and now wish to be assessed under an occupation for which VETASSESS is the designated skills assessing authority
    • Applicants with a Skills Assessment in progress with VETASSESS
    • Applicants who have received a Skills Assessment from another Assessing Authority and have been referred to VETASSESS by their skills assessing authority and/or DIBP for Points Test Advice
    • Previous VETASSESS applicants.

    Click here for more information regarding the Points Test Advice.

     

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    29. Will I obtain points based on my assessment result?

    The Points Test Advice is an opinion only, and will be taken into consideration by DIBP when assessing your eligibility for points. The Points Test Advice provided by VETASSESS is not binding on DIBP and DIBP may undertake further investigations to verify the qualification and employment claims made. Determination of points under the skilled migration points test program remains at the discretions of the delegated officers of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    A successful Skills Assessment from VETASSESS is not a guarantee that you will meet the Points Test requirements. Also note that Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) or Employer Nomination Scheme visa applicants do not require a Points Test Advice from VETASSESS.

     

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    After applying for my Skills Assessment

    30. What will I get at the end of a successful assessment?

    If you are successful, VETASSESS will issue an assessment outcome letter that states you have met the pre-migration skills assessment requirements. You can download a signed electronic outcome letter in PDF format from the applicant portal. If you wish, you can also choose to have a hardcopy sent to you as well. You will need to submit this letter to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to support your visa application.

    31. What if I do not meet the requirements for my nominated occupation?

    If you do not meet the requirements for your nominated occupation, you will be issued with a negative outcome letter that states that you have not met the pre-migration skills assessment requirements. The letter will indicate the assessment components where your application did not meet the requirements.

    If you disagree with the outcome, you should discuss your case with the assessor who will advise you about options for a reassessment where applicable.

    32. After receiving a positive VETASSESS skills assessment outcome, I now need to change my nominated occupation. Do I need a reassessment?

    Yes, you will have to apply for a reassessment. For more information, please click here.

     

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    33. Will DIBP accept my VETASSESS Skills Assessment if it was issued in ASCO?

    All visa applicants to DIBP under the skilled migration program now need to nominate an ANZSCO occupation. DIBP will accept a VETASSESS Skills Assessment with a nominated occupation in ASCO provided that there is a corresponding ANZSCO occupation which may still be nominated for migration purposes. Please check the schedules of occupations on the DIBP website at www.immi.gov.au.

    34. What if VETASSESS is no longer the Assessment Authority for my occupation?

    If the skills assessing authority for your nominated occupation has changed since you received your skills assessment from VETASSESS, and you have not yet submitted your visa application, DIBP may ask you to obtain a skills assessment from the new assessing authority.

    If VETASSESS is no longer the assessment authority for your occupation, and you wish to have a reissue or reassessment, you will need to go to the new assessing authority.

     

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    General

    35. How long will the assessment take?

    Advisory Service:

    The approximate time for receiving an advisory response is 7-10 business days.


    Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485):
    Please note that the processing time for a qualifications only assessment (485 visas) is approximately 8 weeks once all documents required for assessment have been received by VETASSESS. Some cases may take longer depending on the complexity level of the case.


    GSM / ENS / RSMS / Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) / State or Territory Sponsored visa:

    If you apply for a skills assessment to SRGO, the approximate time for assessment is 10-12 working weeks once all documents required for assessment have been received by VETASSESS. Some cases may take longer depending on the complexity level of the case.

    36. My visa is expiring soon. How can VETASSESS assist me?

    If you have a skills Assessment which is now urgent due to visa issues such as visa expiring, please submit an urgency request form and we will attempt to meet your deadline. Upcoming migration changes and potential State/Territory Sponsorship changes are not usually sufficient for an application to be processed urgently.

     

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    37. What are the application fees?

    Click here to see our list of fees.

    38. What should I do if my positive Skills Assessment is expired?

    Please contact our office via email to migrate@vetassess.com.au. You are required to provide your reference number and we will advise you how you can get your Skills Assessment renewed accordingly.

    39. How can I check my application status?

    You can check the status of your assessment from the online portal. If you do have your login details, please email VETASSESS at migrate@vetassess.com.au quoting your file reference number.

    Please note an automatic email notification will be sent out when documents are received or requested.

    Please ensure that the email account provided is checked regularly for status updates. This will prevent communication delays.

    Find out how your application is progressing by viewing your status updates online. Status updates will include requests for missing documentation, receipt of requested documentation and the outcome of your assessment.

    Once your assessment is completed, you will be notified by email. You will be able to view the outcome (positive or negative) within 24 hours from the time of receipt of the email.

     

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    40. How can I receive the result for my Skills Assessment?

    Your Skills Assessment Outcome letter will be available to download in PDF format from the applicant portal. If you wish, you can also choose to have a hardcopy sent to you as well via normal post,registered post or Express Post Courier. Additional fees may apply. You may also contact our office directly if you wish to personally collect the result.

    41. Who can certify my documents outside of Australia?

    If you are currently overseas, persons who may certify your documents include:

    • An Australian Registered Migration Agent (but not the applicant)
    • A police officer of another country
    • A judge, magistrate, registrar or deputy registrar of an overseas court
    • Notary public
    • An Australian consular officer or Australian diplomatic officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955).

     

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