Apply to enter Australia through an Industry Labour Agreement
Industry Labour Agreements enable Australian employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers where appropriately qualified Australian workers are unavailable. VETASSESS is the skills assessing authority for specified occupations for these Industry Labour Agreements:
We assess a number of occupations under the Horticulture Industry Labor Agreement (Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement (HILA). Download information here.
Under the Restaurant Industry Labour Agreement (RILA) we assess the occupation of Trade Waiter. Download information here.
How the ILA program works
You should first have a form of employer offer or sponsorship to apply for a skills assessment through an ILA.
Check that we assess the occupation you wish to apply for under the ILA, download our information sheet and review the criteria for that occupation.
Gather the documents you will need for your application. You can find the list of what you will need in the information sheet.
Now you're ready to apply!
Am I eligible to apply for an ILA?
ILAs are agreements made between the Australian Government and an industry. They enable employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers to fill labour shortages.
Fee Schedule for ILA Skills Assessment
Required fee scedule
Applicant is a resident of Australia for tax purposes* (fee includes GST)
Applicant is NOT a resident of Australia for tax purposes* (fee excludes GST)
Outcome Review – Qualification
Outcome Review – Employment
*Refer to the Australian Taxation Office website for more information.
All documents must be high quality colour copies of the original documents. If your documents are not in English, you must submit copies of the original documents as well as the English translations made by a registered translation service.
Pay the correct application fee at the time of submitting your application. Refer to the Fees and Payment for Application price list. Application fees include GST if you (the applicant) are an Australian resident for tax purposes. Please refer to the Australian Taxation Office website for information regarding tax residency.
As proof of your identity, you must provide at least one form of primary document and two others from the list below.
At least one of the following primary documents:
- Passport bio page
- Birth certificate
At least one or more secondary documents.
Acceptable secondary forms of identification may include, but are not limited to:
- National ID
- Driver’s Licence
- Social security card
- Marriage certificate
- Student identity card
- Australian visa
Please ensure that:
At least one of your ID documents contains a photo of you; and
At least one of your ID documents contains your full name and date of birth.
You must also read and sign the declaration on the application form to affirm that the information you have provided is true and correct, and to acknowledge that you understand how your personal information will be handled by VETASSESS.
If you have nominated an agent representative to act on your behalf, their name, signature, and date of signing must also be included on your signed declaration form
If applicable, evidence of name change must be provided to address any naming inconsistencies in the documents submitted. This is to support your identity.
Qualification evidence includes your qualification award certificate accompanied by the academic transcripts.
The award certificate is the official document confirming the completion of an award course of study. If you have not yet received your qualification award certificate, a provisional award certificate issued by the awarding body or an official statement of completion issued by the registrar's department of the awarding institution will be accepted.
Provide us with your complete academic transcript. Transcripts are the official records from the institution outlining the courses / units of study as well as the final grades achieved as part of your academic qualification. If you attended a college affiliated to the awarding institution, the award certificate must be issued by the awarding institution permitted to award the qualifications.
If your transcripts do not provide sufficient information regarding the units of study undertaken, please provide additional evidence, such as a course syllabus, to clarify this. You can also detail major projects and other significant features of your studies in your CV.
Additional notes for qualifications obtained from specific regions of the world:
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC)
If you hold qualifications that have been awarded by educational institutions from China, you will be required to have your qualification documents verified by VETASSESS.
You can read more about the Chinese Qualifications Verification process on our website here.
Applicants with European qualifications should supply Diploma Supplements for these if available. Generally, these are only issued by educational institutions from countries participating in the Bologna Process. A Diploma Supplement will be accepted in lieu of an award certificate and transcript if it includes all the necessary information.
Please supply evidence of passing the Professional Regulation Commission's Licensure Examinations if available.
Most qualifications awarded by University Colleges and Institutes in Lebanon require evidence of approval by the Equivalence Committee of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Please supply this evidence confirming equivalency to a qualification awarded by a Lebanese university.
It is important that you provide us with the required employment evidence for each employment position listed in your formal skills assessment application.
Statement of Service:
A Statement of Service is a written statement by your employer confirming your employment on official letterhead. Official letterheads should include the organisation's full address details, telephone, email and website addresses. The content of the letter must be signed by your direct supervisor or the manager of the human resources department.
The Statement of Service must include the following:
a) Issue date for the Statement of Service
b) The company letterhead
c) Your full name
d) The working hours per week
e) Your official position title(s) held at the organisation
f) The exact period of your employment in each position held
g) Description of your main duties for each position held
h) The salary earned
i) Full name, position title, official contact details and signature of the person writing the statement of service – references from colleagues at the same level or below will not be accepted. Please note that your referee may be contacted for further information.
Payment evidence can include one of the following types:
Payslips (ideally your first and last payslip);
Taxation Records of Assessment (bearing company and applicant name)
Bank statements showing at least two salary payments, your name and the employer's name; OR Employment-linked insurance / superannuation records (bearing company and applicant name).
If you are self-employed, you are required to provide the following:
a) Evidence of self-employment such as sole trading or business registration details and /or official statements issued by your (registered) accountant and/or legal team. The statement from your accountant or solicitor must include the accountant's or solicitor's letterhead, your full name, how long you have been continuously self-employed including official dates in each role, the nature of the business conducted, the signature and contact details of the accountant or solicitor. View Employment Reference for Self-Employment template.
b) Statutory declaration listing your main duties during self-employment;
c) Payment evidence showing regular income from self-employment, such as client invoices together with corresponding bank statements and/ or official taxation records;
d) Supplementary evidence, such as contracts with clients or suppliers, client testimonials, evidence of projects completed etc.
If you are nominating a managerial occupation, you must submit an organisational chart. An organisational chart should include the company letterhead, your job position and those of your superiors and subordinates as well as all positions reporting to your immediate supervisor and to your direct subordinates. If you are unable to obtain an organisational chart from your employer, please provide a statutory declaration outlining the required information and the reasons why this information cannot be provided.
Other Supplementary Employment Evidence:
- Licence or Registration documents and details of the requirements for obtaining the licence or registration
- Evidence of professional development completed during your employment
- Prizes / Certificates or other forms of commendation
Statutory Declarations and Affidavits:
Please note, in order for VETASSESS to consider the contents of a Statutory Declaration for skills assessment purposes, the statutory declaration (or equivalent legal document) must be properly executed by the appropriate legal professional(s) in the country of origin. Applicants may need to seek appropriate legal advice as to how this is carried out in the country of their current residence.
Statutory Declarations should provide any information you are unable to supply through official documents such as, for example, a description of the tasks associated with a particular period of employment. Please note that skills assessments cannot be conducted based on the contents of a statutory declaration or affidavit alone. VETASSESS will require a range of official employment documentation as evidence to support any claims made through the use of statutory declarations. Examples of the range of employment evidence that may be produced by applicants include official taxation documents, signed contract documents, appointment letters and official job descriptions.
A statutory declaration cannot be accepted as evidence of your employment dates, position title(s) or as payment evidence - such relevant information should be provided in the form of official documentation.
If applying for a formal skills assessment, we encourage you to submit a CV as it may benefit the assessment process. A resume / CV allows you to outline both your academic studies (describing the major focus of your studies including providing details of any major projects undertaken as part of course requirements) as well as describing your employment / career history in your own words.
Pay the correct application fee at the time of submitting your application. Refer to the Fees for Application price list. Application fees include GST if you (the applicant) are an Australian resident for tax purposes. Please refer to the Australian Taxation Office website for information regarding tax residency.
Qualification and employment requirements vary across occupations under ILAs. Please check the assessment criteria for your occupation before beginning your online application.