1 July 2017 – Strategic Skills Lists Reforms

Following the visa reform changes announced by the Australian Government in April 2017, VETASSESS anticipates further changes on 1 July to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). We recommend that you take this into consideration when lodging any new applications.

While VETASSESS continues to receive skills assessment applications, any new application for General Professional Occupations lodged from now will not be finalised before 1 July 2017.

In addition to this, VETASSESS will temporarily not be accepting lodgment of any new skills assessment applications for General Professional Occupations after 5pm, Friday 30th June 2017 until further notice. This will not affect the processing of any existing applications.

Please be advised that the anticipation of changes to the occupation lists will not be considered a valid reason for urgency.

Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations

Our Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations is for you if you are planning to migrate to Australia and your occupation is classed as a general professional occupation. If you haven't already determined how we categorise your occupation, check to see if it is a general professional or trade occupation. Please note that we are unable to provide migration advice. For any queries related to visa options and points test, please contact The Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

View the list of General Professional Occupations assessed by VETASSESS

How to apply

Applications may be lodged online or by post. Ensure you are familiar with the following information before commencing your application:

  1. Application Process
  2. Nominate an Occupation
  3. Required Documents
  4. Application Fee

You'll be able to track the progress of an application once it has been lodged. If you've collected all the required documents you can proceed directly to the application process by following the link below.

Skills Assessment Support

Skills Assessment Support (SAS) is for migration agents and prospective applicants who are yet to submit their Skills Assessment application to VETASSESS. The new SAS service aims to provide tailored support to applicants/agents on how to submit a decision-ready application for general professional occupation with VETASSESS. Skill Assessment Support will be a choice of:

Document Checking Service Consultation On A Selected Occupation
As the name implies this is a step-by-step document checking service providing assistance to applicants/agents in meeting the documentation requirements for a VETASSESS Skills Assessment applications. This service involves providing information via a 30 minute phone consultation with an experienced assessment officer about the Skill Assessment criteria that apply to the selected occupation.


If you do not meet the requirements for your nominated occupation, you will be issued with a 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 on the options available for a reassessment where applicable.

VETASSESS has categorised its general occupations into groups A, B, C, D and E for assessment purposes according to the indicative skill level on ANZSCO.

ANZSCO Skill Level Vetassess Occupation Group
Skill Level 1 Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree or comparable qualification Group A or B
Skill Level 2 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Associate Degree or AQF Advanced Diploma or AQF Diploma or comparable qualification. Group C or E
Skill Level 3 AQF Certificate III or IV or comparable qualification Group D

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 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.