Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa

The Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa is a temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work in Australia once they have finished their studies.

You do not need work experience for a qualifications-only assessment to support a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. However, you will need to hold a qualification that is:

  • At the required educational level, and
  • In a highly relevant field of study to your nominated occupation.

Find out more about the required educational level by searching for your occupation.

A Skills Assessment for migration

After receiving sufficient work experience in their nominated occupation, subclass 485 visa holders can apply to us for a Skills Assessment (qualifications and employment) to support an application to migrate permanently to Australia.

If your nominated occupation is the same as for your 485 visa

You will need to submit the SRG29 Post-485 form found with other downloadable forms on our Apply or Track Application page.

We will only need to assess evidence of your relevant employment to complete the assessment.

If you choose to change your nominated occupation

You can change your nominated occupation for a VETASSESS Skills Assessment application.

If you decide to do this, you will need to lodge a new application online and we will assess evidence of both your qualifications and employment to complete the assessment.

You can find more information from the Department of Home Affairs here.

Follow these steps to lodge a skills assessment application:

Step 1
Choose an occupation against which you wish to be assessed and select the visa purpose for which the skills assessment is required. For information on the occupations available for migration to Australia and different visa categories please refer to www.homeaffairs.gov.au 

Step 2
For information on the ANZSCO description of your chosen occupation, log on to http://www.abs.gov.au and enter the ANZSCO code for your selected occupation.

Step 3
If VETASSESS is the designated assessing authority for your chosen occupation, please refer to Nominate an Occupation for detailed information on VETASSESS assessment criteria for your chosen occupation. In summary, the VETASSESS Skills Assessment considers the relevance of qualifications, and employment to the nominated occupation. The qualification/s assessment assesses the general educational level of the qualification in Australian terms and the relevance of the major area of study. Only a qualification/s assessment is required for 485 visa purposes. An assessment of both qualification/s and employment is required for permanent residency purposes.

Step 4

Step 5
Click on Apply or Track Application and complete the online application form. When you apply online, please upload high quality colour scans of the required documents. PLEASE NOTE - If you want to have your application processed under Priority Processing you need to select this option on your application when submitting. 

Step 6
Your application will be allocated to an assessment officer and if there are additional documents required you will be notified online.

Step 7
Once your skills assessment application is complete, you will be able to view and download your skills assessment outcome letter from the online portal. A hard copy of the outcome letter will not be posted to you, unless otherwise indicated in the postage payment section of your application.