Here are seven mistakes to avoid. These are the most common mistakes that we see and can delay an application.
1. Not including the relevant verification documents
There are some additional verification requirements for qualifications obtained from specific regions of the world. These include Nigeria, China, Pakistan and Iran. You should ensure that you understand the requirements for the documents from your country.
2. Submitting an incomplete application.
We often find we don’t receive documents that cover a particular period of employment or that are proof of a qualification. You must provide evidence of all the employment periods or formal academic qualifications that you hold that relate to your occupation, not just the most recent ones.
3. Assuming an occupation is assessed by occupation title only.
The types of work done in one occupation can vary between countries and applicants need to ensure they understand the requirements of their occupation in Australia. This is set by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Someone who does a particular job in their home country may find their application under this occupation is unsuccessful because they do not meet the educational and/ or work experience qualifications required for this role in Australia. It is important to read the ANZSCO definition and tasks before submitting an application, because applicants need to understand the significance of the ANZSCO definition and the required skill levels. We have information sheets available for some occupations and you can find them on our website.
We offer an additional Skills Assessment Service for professional occupations and this can be helpful for people seeking clarification about the criteria. The Service provides a 30-minute phone consultation about our skills assessment criteria for occupational classifications. You can find more information here
4. Not having sufficient employment duration at the time of lodging an application. A full calendar year of employment is required.
5. Lodging a Priority Processing (PP) application for a second or subsequent application. Priority Processing is not available to returning applicants.
6. Not providing the applicant’s contact details (their phone number and email address) when an agent is lodging the application. This can significantly delay the assessment process if an assessor needs to contact the applicant directly. Sometimes the assessor has a question or needs to verify qualification and/or employment information.
7. Not supplying original language and/or English translation documents.
If documents are not in English, you must submit copies of the originals as well as an English translation made by a registered translation service. Documents in the original language without a translation will not be accepted.
An application will be assessed much more quickly if these mistakes are avoided. Applicants are usually eager to get the process rolling and can be frustrated by the time taken to gather their documents. However, the effort taken at this stage will be recovered when the application is
To find out more about assessment criteria, go to this page.