Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants Incentive in priority occupations

Are you living in Australia on a family, partner, humanitarian or refugee visa?

If you hold a permanent visa in one of these categories, and you have qualifications and work experience in a priority occupation, you may be eligible to receive a government-subsidised skills assessment.

The Australian Government has a list of priority occupations and at VETASSESS we assess some of them.

We can offer you a free and fast-tracked skills assessment under this program in one of these occupations:

  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Orthoptist
  • Shearer.

We will provide you with a full skills assessment, which means we will assess both your qualifications and your experience in your occupation.

You will receive a Skills Assessment Outcome letter after your assessment, and you can use this letter to support your application when you apply for jobs.

It will give employers confidence that you have the skills needed for working in Australia.

Your skills assessment under the Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants (SAOM) Incentive is for employment purposes only. This offer is not part of the VETASSESS skilled migration assessment program. A separate application is required for this.

This program applies to people with a permanent visa in these categories:

  • Family
  • Partner
  • Humanitarian
  • Refugee visa.


If you are eligible for a skills assessment under this this Incentive, you will not have to pay a fee.

Documents you will need:

You must provide evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements under this incentive.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

You will be an onshore resident for tax purposes. Please *Refer to the Australian Taxation Office website for information regarding tax residency.

Visa categories Eligible visa subclasses
Family and partner visas Adoption visa (subclass 102)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)
Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
Carer visa (subclass 836)
Carer visa (subclass 116)
Child visa (subclass 101)
Child visa (subclass 802)
Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
Orphan Relative (subclass 117)
Orphan Relative (subclass 837)
Parent visa (subclass 103)
Partner visa (subclass 100)
Partner visa (subclass 801)
Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
Interdependency (subclass 110 and 814)
Designated Parent (subclass 118 and 859)
Refugee and humanitarian visas Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)
Protection visa (subclass 866)
Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)

Select one of these occupations.

  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Orthoptist
  • Shearer

Please supply one recent passport-sized colour photograph. Your photograph must be no more than six months old and of good quality (self-taken photographs are not acceptable).

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:

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 VETASSESS will handle your personal information.

If you have nominated an agent representative or lawyer to act on your behalf, their name, signature, and date of signing must also be included on your signed declaration form.

If you have changed your name, you must send us evidence of your name change. This means we will understand any differences and inconsistencies in the documents you submit. This supports your identity.

  • National ID
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Social security card
  • Marriage certificate
  • Student identity card
  • Australian visa

Qualification evidence includes your qualification award certificate accompanied by the academic transcripts.

As part of determining your eligibility, VETASSESS will need to determine if your qualifications are comparable to the Australian Qualifications Framework as outlined in the Australian Government’s published Country Education Profiles (CEPs). If your qualification(s) require in-house assessment, your application will not be eligible for fast-tracking.

Award Certificate:

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.

Academic Transcript:

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 requirements for qualifications obtained from specific regions of the world:


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.

For fast tracking, you must have a completed VETASSESS Chinese Qualification Verification before applying.

You can read more about the Chinese Qualifications Verification process on our website at


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 instead of an award certificate and transcript if it includes all the necessary information.


A verified copy of the award certificate and full academic transcript must be sent in a sealed envelope from the awarding body directly to VETASSESS.

For fast tracking, the verified documentation must have reached us by registered courier mail or have been emailed directly from the university at the time you lodge your application.


An attested HEC (Higher Education Commission Pakistan) copy of the award certificate and full academic transcript must be provided. If the HEC gives you the attested document to send to VETASSESS, you can scan and upload the high-quality colour copies of the HEC-attested educational documents (front and back side) when applying online. If there is no HEC stamp and signature, we cannot accept the document. Please contact the HEC directly at

For fast tracking, the verified documentation must have reached VETASSESS at the time you lodge your application.


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.

As part of determining your eligibility for fast tracking, we will need to determine if your employment claims can be verified within 15 business days of making the application assessment-ready. Therefore, please ensure that you have all the required evidence listed below at the time of applying.

Statement of Service template

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:

  • Issue date for the Statement of Service
  • The company letterhead
  • Your full name
  • The working hours per week
  • Your official position title(s) held at the organisation
  • The exact period of your employment in each position held
  • Description of your main duties for each position held
  • The salary earned
  • 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:

Payment evidence can include one of the following types:

  • Pay slips (ideally your first and last payslip)
  • Taxation Records of Assessment (bearing company and your name)
  • Bank Statements showing at least two salary payments, your name and the employer's name; OR
  • Employment-linked insurance / superannuation (pension) records (bearing company and applicant name).

If you are self-employed:

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.

Organisational Chart:

If you are nominating one of the following occupations: Corporate Services Manager, Internal Auditor or Quality Assurance Manager, 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:

In addition to the above, other supplementary employment evidence may include:

  • Licence or Registration documents and details of the requirements for obtaining the licence or registration
  • Evidence of professional development completed during applicant’s employment
  • Prizes / Certificates or other forms of commendation
  • Evidence of land valuation certificates, sales and purchase receipts and J forms if you are self-employed in India and nominating one of the farming occupations
  • Notice of establishment for employment in Iran

Statutory Declarations and Affidavits:

View Statutory Declaration / Affidavit template.

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, you must include your CV. 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.

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Eligibility checklist


  1. You are currently residing in Australia
  2. You are in Australia on an eligible visa from the list above
  3. You require a skills assessment in one of the priority occupations from our list above
  4. You haven’t had a skills assessment with VETASSESS or any other assessing authority before applying

About this program

Migrant Skills Incentives – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants is an Australian Government initiative.

The program offers skilled migrants a fast-tracked way to gain employment in a job where there is strong demand for skilled workers. They will help support Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

This program operates from 28 February 2022 until 16 June 2023.

For more information on priority occupations and how to apply, go to the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Frequently asked questions

A. Yes. You will be assessed in exactly the same way as other applicants in your occupation.

A. You can only use this program once. You can apply to us again, but our standard fees will apply.

A. We will do our best to help you and we may be able to suggest ways you can meet the assessment requirements. Please contact us and we can discuss your options.