Skill Assessment

Skill Assessment

A skills assessment is how the Department of Home Affairs decides a person is a ‘skilled person’ for visa purposes. Australia’s skilled visa programme aims to bring overseas talent into the country. It identifies what skilled occupations Australia requires, and then sets a standard for those applying.

You may need to have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority to be eligible to apply for one of the below visas:

  • 189 Visa (Skilled Independent)
  • 190 Visa (Skilled Nominated)
  • 491 Visa (Skilled Regional – Provisional)
  • 186 Visa (Employer Nomination Scheme)
  • 482 Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage)
  • 494 Visa (Employer Sponsored – Provisional)
  • 485 Visa (Temporary Graduate)

Skill Assessment is valid for up to 3 years from their issue date, different assessment authority applies different validate period for their outcome letter. Always make sure you check the letter carefully to ensure the validity of the assessment.

Anyone who is applying for General Skilled Migration Visas or Direct Entry Employer-sponsored Visas (some countries passport holders might be exempted), requires obtaining a positive skills assessment before they can apply for the visa.

Skills assessment is a process to assess if your qualifications and, or work experiences are meeting the ANZSCO requirements for different skilled occupations. The positive outcome means that the visa applicant has the skills required for the nominated occupation. This is required evidence by the Department of Home Affairs to identify if the applicant can be classified as a skilled person.

Please Note: positive skill assessment doesn’t directly result employment guarantee.

Each skill assessment authority operates independently, they are approved and contracted by the Department of Home Affairs to perform the assessment task. Most of the assessment authorities are the recognised register body of the profession or industry, which means they know the best about the profession, and they set out the standards and requirements for how a particular occupation should be assessed and recognised.

Processing time, fees and charges are set by the authorities themselves, for more information please refer to the assessors’ website.