Skilled Migration Process

Skills Assessment General

Skills Assessment General

To apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa, an applicant must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations and provide evidence that skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority. The evidence needs to be in the form of a scanned certified copy of a positive skills assessment which will be used for Points Test calculations.
Australia Visa Skills Assessment


The list of eligible skilled occupations provides a complete list of the relevant assessing authority for each occupation on the lists. It is applicant’s responsibility to contact the relevant assessing authority for a nominated occupation and obtain a skills assessment. Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges. In almost all cases, assessing bodies will require that an applicant has post-secondary, such as university or trade, qualifications in order to receive a positive skill assessment. However, in a small number of occupations, substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable.


Pre-Application Skills Assessment has been a part of General Skilled Migration since 1999 and Employer Sponsored Migration since 2005. The standards against which the skills are assessed are determined by the assessing authority in accordance with relevant professional standards. A skills assessment is only valid until the expiry date specified on the assessment, or when a period of three years from the date of issue has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Only one occupation can be nominated when lodging Expression of Interest(EoI) application. However, prior to submitting an EoI, applicants may apply to any number of skills assessing authorities until they obtain a positive skills assessment.

Special Cases

Evidence of full registration is a suitable skills assessment for Points Tested Skilled Migration. One of the following certificates issued by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as evidence of full registration will be accepted:

  • 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
  • Evidence of admission to practice as a lawyer in the relevant Sate/Territory is a suitable skills assessment


All assessing authorities use ANZSCO standard as the starting point to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian labour market. However, authorities may also set their own assessment criteria which may go beyond or fall short of what is required in ANZSCO. In addition, assessing authorities may set different standards for assessing a skilled occupation for different visa classes or subclasses.

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