Skills assessments are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that checks that your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation.
澳洲移民的Combined list of eligible skilled occupations有列明所有的移民职业，每个职业都有对应的职业评估机构，移民局只接受指定的评估机构做出来的职业评估。
The combined list of eligible skilled occupations sets out all relevant occupations under 4 occupation lists. Most occupations in each list have their own skills assessing authority. We can only accept a skills assessment issued by the relevant assessing authority.
It is your responsibility to contact the relevant assessing authority for your occupation and obtain a skills assessment, if required. Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges.
Obtaining a suitable skills assessment is mandatory for some visa subclasses (and streams) and may be requested for others. You should read all of the available information about the visa you are interested in applying for. This will allow you to determine if you need to submit a skills assessment and when you need to obtain it.
When you submit your visa application you will need to provide evidence that you have a suitable skills assessment for your nominated occupation. You must have obtained a skills assessment by the time you are invited to apply.
Skills assessing authorities may issue more than one type of skills assessment. You must have a skills assessment that meets the requirements for permanent migration. The criteria that an assessing authority uses for the different types of skills assessments is determined by them, set against their relevant professional standards.
Some assessing authorities issue a provisional skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian educational institutions, who are applying for a subclass 485 visa. A provisional skills assessment issued for a subclass 485 visa application is not a suitable skills assessment for a points tested visa application.
For doctors, evidence of full registration is a suitable skills assessment. We accept one of the following certificates issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as evidence of full registration:
- full/unconditional/general medical registration
- conditional specialist registration — this registration allows you to practise only in your particular speciality, with no further training or supervision requirements.
For solicitors, evidence of admission to practice as a lawyer in the relevant Sate/Territory is a suitable skills assessment.
If you apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream or under the Labour Agreement stream, a skills assessment is not required at time of application. A decision maker can still ask you to obtain a skills assessment if they think this is necessary before deciding your application.
If you apply under the Direct Entry stream, a skills assessment is required. The relevant skills assessing authority for your occupation is indicated in the combined list of eligible skilled occupations.
Certain primary TSS visa applicants must undertake a mandatory skills assessment as part of the visa application process.
The following steps apply, when submitting your visa application:
- check that you need a mandatory skills assessment or are eligible for an exemption, Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
- begin or have completed a skills assessment, within a three year period, before you submit
- include the skills assessment reference number to avoid processing delays
- provide evidence of any exemption if you are eligible.
Note: As part of the application process, we may ask for a skills assessment, even where it is not mandatory. We will request it in writing where this is the case.
To be eligible for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) — graduate work stream you must have nominated an occupation that is on the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). All occupations on the MLTSSL have a relevant skills assessing authority. We can only accept a skills assessment issued by the relevant assessing authority.
If your skills are assessed on the basis of a qualification you got in Australia when you held a student visa, the qualification must be from studying a course registered on CRICOS.
You must provide evidence when you apply that you have at least applied for a skills assessment or we cannot process your visa application.
You only need to apply for a skills assessment if you are applying in the Graduate Work stream. Applicants in the Post Study Work stream do not need to obtain a skills assessment to support their application.
Contact the relevant assessing authority for your occupation. Check which skills assessing authority is the correct one for your nominated occupation and organise your skills assessment well before you apply for the visa.
Each assessing authority has its own procedures, timeframes and charges. The assessment of your qualifications and experience by the assessing authority can take some time and can vary between different authorities.
Provide a scanned certified copy of the suitable skills assessment with your visa application. If you don’t get a positive assessment result you cannot apply for a skilled migration visa.