Points Test Advice
The Points Test Advice is an opinion of:
- the comparative educational level of your qualifications against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
- your employment in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation in the last 10 years (please note that we cannot provide Points Test Advice for employment where the primary occupation nominated is not one assessed by VETASSESS).
The Points Test Advice will be taken into consideration by the Department of Home Affairs when assessing your eligibility for points. The Points Test Advice provided by VETASSESS is not binding on the Department. The Department of Home Affairs may undertake further investigations to verify the qualifications and employment claims made in your application. Determination of the points remains at the discretion of the delegated officers of the Department. A successful skills assessment from VETASSESS is not a guarantee that you will meet the Points Test requirements.
Trade applicants should apply to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) to receive Points Test Advice.
Who can apply?
Please note that as of 1 January 2015, all VETASSESS applicants are provided with an integrated skills assessment outcome letter with Points Test Advice included.
For applicants who meet the skills assessment criteria for VETASSESS occupations, we will determine the date that you were deemed skilled in your nominated occupation within a ten year period. The Date Deemed Skilled is the date you have met the VETASSESS skills assessment criteria. Only employment undertaken after the Date Deemed Skilled will be counted as skilled employment that is eligible for points test purposes. Years of work experience required to meet the skills assessment criteria is not counted as skilled employment eligible for points test purposes.
Applications for Points Test Advice are usually required where:
- you have received a Skills Assessment from a different assessing authority and have been referred to us by your skills assessing authority and/or the Department of Home Affairs for Points Test Advice on the educational level comparability of your overseas qualification only; or
- you have already received a positive skills assessment from VETASSESS for your nominated occupation and wish to include additional qualifications and employment for points test purposes. However, if your skills assessment has expired (which is indicated where the original issue date of the skills assessment is more than three years ago), please go to the Renewal - Expired Skills Assessment section of our website.
How to apply
You may lodge your application online or by mail. Before applying, please ensure you have read these important sections:
Once you are familiar with the application process, proceed to the lodgement of your application by following the link below.