A skills assessment is issued by the relevant skills assessing authorities and allows the Department of Home Affairs to check that your skills meet the standards set to work in a particular occupation. They are generally valid for 3 years unless otherwise stated on the outcome letter.
Most occupations have their own skills assessing authority and the Government will only accept a skills assessment issued by the relevant assessing authority. You can find the full list of Government approved assessment authorities here.
Who needs a skills assessment?
You may need a skills assessment if you are applying for:
- General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa
- Employer Sponsored visa
- Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa
- Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
- Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 495)
While each visa requires different conditions to be met when obtaining a skills assessment, there are some general steps you can take to ensure you are meeting all requirements:
- Check that you need a mandatory skills assessment or are eligible for an exemption
- Provide evidence of any exemption if you are eligible
- Ensure your skills assessment is being performed by a relevant and accepted authority
- Ensure your skills assessment is valid at the time of invitation and application or when submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI). Please note, the date of validity may differ for each type of visa application
- Include the skills assessment reference number to avoid processing delays
Please note that as part of the application process, the Department may ask for a skills assessment, even where it is not mandatory.
Skills assessment requirements differ for each visa and job position and we recommend contacting us directly to ensure you are meeting all requirements for your particular visa application.
General documents required for a skills assessment
The documents required will differ depending on the visa, skills assessment authority and occupation you are applying for, however a starting guide to the documents usually required is listed here:
- Colour passport sized photo
- Change of name (if applicable)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
- Employment references
- Payment evidence
- Organisational chart
- Supplementary employment evidence (if applicable)
This list should not be used as an exhaustive set of criteria for which to base your skills assessment on and you should always refer to your migration agent for a full and extensive list of documents required for your specific skills assessment as required for your particular occupation and visa application.
Once you have provided sufficient and appropriate evidence for the first stage of the skills assessment, you may then be required to complete a practical assessment and/or a technical interview depending on your occupation and visa application requirements.