Only paid employment which is highly relevant to the nominated occupation and at an appropriate skill level for the nominated occupation will be considered for assessment. This means that the major tasks undertaken in your everyday work should closely match major tasks usually undertaken in that occupation in Australia. The employment also must be paid and at the same skill level as your nominated occupation.
Employment must be skilled
For employment to be considered 'skilled', it must meet two requirements:
- that it was undertaken after you met the entry level requirements for the nominated occupation
- that it involved duties at the level of depth and complexity for the nominated occupation
The tasks for nominated occupations at different ANZSCO skill levels will vary in terms of the responsibilities, knowledge and skills required, and the salary will usually reflect this.
For example, when comparing two managers at different skill levels, the major tasks for an Office Manager (ANZSCO Code 512111) may include supervision and orientation of staff, preparation of annual estimates of expenditure, responsibility for budgetary and inventory controls, making recommendations to management, maintaining management information systems (manual or computerised) and other office administration related activities.
In comparison, the major tasks of a Construction Project Manager (ANZSCO code 133111) require specialised knowledge of the construction industry and may include: interpreting architectural drawings, specifications, bills of quantities and plans; estimating costs and quantities of labour and materials; creating and implementing coordinated programs for site activities and work control systems; ensuring adherence to building legislation and standards of building performance; and possibly being involved in the development of government and corporate building policies.
Employment must be paid
You are not required to have been in full time work, but must have been working and paid for a minimum of 20 hours per week. 20 hours per week means work for at least 20 hours per week during employment. Irregular periods that average out to 20 hours per week over a year will not be considered.
Employment needs to have been paid at the award or market rate. For the purposes of the Skills Assessment, volunteer work or work towards gaining professional skills is not considered to be paid.