Migration Skill Assessment

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers choose to live and work in Australia every year because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered.

What is GSM?

The general skilled migration (GSM) visa is a point-based system that has been especially designed to attract highly qualified and experienced professionals to best meet Australia’s skills needs. One of the key elements before one can apply in the GSM program is the skills assessment in the nominated occupation by a relevant assessing authority.

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Assessing Authorities for Different Skills

Though the two most common assessing authorities for the trade-related occupations are VETASSESS and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), here’s a list of all the assessing authorities.

  • AACA – Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, Inc
  • AASW – Australian Association of Social Workers
  • ACS – Australian Computer Society
  • ACOPRA – Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities, Inc.
  • ADC – Australian Dental Council
  • AIM – Australian Institute of Management
  • AIMS – Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • AIQS – Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • AIR – Australian Institute of Radiography
  • AIWCW – Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers
  • AMSA – Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • ANCI – Australian Nursing Council Incorporated
  • APC – Australasian Podiatry Council
  • APEC – Australian Pharmacy Examining Council Inc
  • APS – Australian Psychological Society
  • ASCPA – Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
  • CASA – Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • DAA – Dieticians Association of Australia
  • ICAA – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
  • IEAust – Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • ISA – Institution of Surveyors, Australia
  • NAATI – National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters
  • NOOSR – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition
  • OCANZ – Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand
  • SLAA – State Legal Admission Authority
  • SPAA – Speech Pathology Association of Australia
  • TRA – Trades Recognition Australia
  • VETASSESS – Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services

Must-Know Points

  • The applicant(s) must carefully check their conditions and relevant experience before applying for a skills assessment.
  • It’s imperative that they provide ample documentation to substantiate their qualifications and relevant work experience.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the relevant assessing authority for nominated occupation and obtain a Skills Assessment.
  • Every assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges.
  • Applicant is strongly advised to contact the relevant assessing authority to arrange skills assessment well before the applicant intends to submit their Expression of Interest in SkillSelect.

Requirements for Skill Assessment

The applicant must:

  • have been issued an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) Certificate.
  • meet genuine temporary entrant requirement.
  • have sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs.
  • have adequate English language proficiency.
  • meet the health and character requirement.
  • have an acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  • have a valid passport.

Requirements & Eligibility

  • Assessing bodies require the applicant to have post-secondary qualifications (such as university or trade) in order to receive a positive assessment of skills.
  • Substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable in a smaller number of occupations.
  • Each assessing authority advises about the qualification requirements and the occupations it assesses.
  • Once the applicant has been invited to apply and lodge a valid application, he/she must provide a scanned certificate copy of a suitable skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority for his/her nominated skilled occupation.

Getting Multiple Skills Assessed

  • The applicant can only possess one nominated occupation when lodging Points Tested Skilled Migration application.
  • The applicant may apply to any number of skill assessments prior to the submission of EOI.
  • Once invited to apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa in the SkillSelect, the applicant can change their designated occupation.



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