Renewal of Full Skills Assessment

Learn how to renew your skills assessment before it expires

If you have previously received a successful skills assessment and would like to get re-assessed for a number of reasons including adding newly acquired qualifications and/or employment positions not previously assessed, you may be eligible to apply for a renewal application with VETASSESS.

The renewal application involves a re-assessment of:

  • the original successful skills assessment outcome with additional qualification or/and employment to be considered, including for Points Test purposes.
  • Renewing the expiry date with or without additional qualification or/and employment.

To satisfy the renewal application requirements, it must establish the currency of the skills held against the latest criteria of your nominated occupation at the time of applying for the renewal application, and can involve more than just checking whether you have recently worked in your nominated occupation.

VETASSESS cannot guarantee a successful outcome as part of the renewal application process.

Please note that it is your responsibility as the applicant to confirm with the Department of Home Affairs as to whether or not a renewed skills assessment outcome is required for the intended visa application.

The validity of a positive full skills assessment outcome is usually three years from the original issue date. Once your skills assessment outcome letter has expired, there is no option for renewal. You will need to submit a new skills assessment application through the Online Application Portal by logging into your Dashboard. If you need a renewal of your skills assessment, you can contact us at anytime before your skills assessment is about to expire.

Eligibility requirements to apply for a Renewal Application

Applicants who currently hold a positive full skills assessment for their nominated occupation, completed within last 3 years, can apply for the renewal application online.

If you decide to apply outside of the three-year time limit period, you will need to submit a new application and pay the full fees.

To apply for a renewal application:

  • Access the ‘Completed Cases’ section of your online application portal and submit the Renewal online
  • This option is not available for Priority Processing

Your online portal will allow you to view any previous qualification and/or employment entries in your original application. In addition, you may list any new additional qualifications and/or employment recently obtained to support your online renewal application. You will also be able to upload further documentation to support your additional claims.

Please find more information about required documents on our website.


Fee and Payment

Application fees include GST if the applicant is an Australian resident for tax purposes. Please refer to the Australian Taxation Office website for information regarding tax residency.

Application method Applying from within Australia

(includes GST)

Applying from outside Australia
(excludes GST)
Renewal – Full Skills Assessment Online AUD$440.00 AUD$400.00

We accept MasterCard or VISA where online application and payment is permitted.


The renewal process normally takes about 4 - 6 working weeks once we receive all of the required documentation evidence. Some cases may take longer depending on the complexity of the case.

Unfortunately VETASSESS is unable to renew your skills assessment if the occupation is no longer one we assess. If this is the case, please contact the relevant assessing authority for skills assessment purposes. For information about visa requirements please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Employment that is outside of the last five years cannot be accepted and will not meet the skills assessment requirements.

Students whose income is derived from living allowances or scholarships designed to cover their expenses, will not meeting the skills assessment requirement of “paid employment at an appropriate remuneration basis in their nominated occupation”.

For skilled employment to be considered "remunerated", applicants must be engaged in the occupation on a paid basis, generally at the award or market rate of the occupation. This requirement applies to all full skills assessment applications. Applicants are advised to provide evidence of any additional paid employment experience at the appropriate skill level to meet current assessment criteria and support the renewal of their original full skills assessment application.

Please ensure that you understand the eligibility requirements before submitting your renewal application. A refund is not possible after a renewal assessment has commenced and can only be paid in limited circumstances. Please find more information about VETASSESS refund process here.

VETASSESS skills assessments are currently valid for three years from the original issue date for skilled migration purposes. It is recommended that applicants seek confirmation from the Department of Home Affairs in regard to their requirements for visa applications.

Once a renewal application has been processed and if your renewal outcome is unsuccessful, you will need to apply for review or change of occupation within 90 days. Please see further information about reassessment options here.

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