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Skilled Migration Process

Skills Assessment Vetassess

Skills Assessment Vetassess

VETASSESS was established in 1997 and has become Australia’s leading vocational education and training (VET) assessment provider. It is a designated assessing authority for more than 240 professional occupations which makes almost half of all the occupations on the combined current list of eligible occupations.
Australia Skills Assessment Vetassess

Process

Occupations are classified as either general or trade occupations. Full skills assessment includes qualifications and employment assessments against the suitability for the nominated occupation. A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a successful skills assessment for migration purposes.
Requirements for general occupations will be explored first and in more details, followed by discussion of key points for trade occupations.

Qualifications

Qualification assessment, firstly, involves verifying an educational level comparability with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and ,secondly, determining the relevance of qualifications for the nominated occupation. In order to determine whether a qualification is in a highly relevant field of study to the nominated occupation, a number of factors are considered including:

  • a major field of study which is identified as being suitable for the occupation in Australia
  • the depth and breadth of study in the major field
  • the employment outcomes of the qualification in the country of issue
  • course requirements including any thesis work or major projects as prerequisites to the award of qualification
General occupations are categorised into five groups, A, B, C, D and E, each of which has its own specific suitability criteria. In all instances, formal qualifications at a specific AQF level plus one, two or three years of work experience is required for a positive assessment. For Groups A and E, the work experience must be post-qualification, i.e. undertaken after obtaining qualifications required for the nominated occupation. For groups B, C and D, pre-qualification work experience may be considered for skills assessment purposes.
Group A
Bachelor Degree or higher
With a highly relevant field of study
1 year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Group B
Bachelor Degree or higher
With a highly relevant field of study
1 year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Bachelor Degree or higher
With an additional qualification at least Diploma level in a highly relevant field of study
2 years of post qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Bachelor Degree or higher
Without a highly relevant field of study
3 years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
5 years of experience
With relevant employment
1 year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Groups C
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
With a highly relevant field of study
1 year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
With an additional qualification at least Certificate IV level in a highly relevant field of study
1 years of post qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
Without a highly relevant field of study
2 years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
3 years of experience
With relevant employment
1 year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Groups D
Certificate IV
With a highly relevant field of study
1 year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Certificate IV
Without a highly relevant field of study
2 years of post qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Certificate III
With a highly relevant field of study
3 years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
3 years of experience
With relevant employment
1 year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
Group E
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
With a highly relevant field of study
1 year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years

Skilled Date

VETASSESS issues skills assessments on the basis of qualifications at the required AQF level and a period of post-qualification work experience before considering an applicant to be suitably skilled for the purpose of employment points. As part of the assessment process, VETASSESS will determine the date an applicant met the entry level requirements for the nominated occupation based on closely related employment within the last ten years. Employment that is required to meet suitability criteria is not eligible for points test purposes. Only skilled employment after the Date Deemed Skilled will be used for points calculations.

Employment

Employment assessment determines whether work experience is at an appropriate skill level and is relevant to the nominated occupation.
For employment to be considered at a ‘skilled’ level, it must meet two requirements:

  • it is undertaken after meeting the entry level requirements for the nominated occupation
  • it involves primary duties being performed at the level of depth and complexity for the nominated occupation
For employment to be considered relevant to the nominated, the main tasks described in employment reference should closely match tasks usually undertaken in that occupation in Australia.

In addition, only full time (at least 20 hours per week) and paid employment can be considered for skills assessment purposes.

Trade Occupations

About 30 trade occupations are assessed by VETASSESS. The assessment determines if the applicant has the skills and knowledge required to work in the nominated occupation in Australia.

The assessment process depends on whether an applicant has (Pathway 2) or doesn’t have (Pathway 1) an accepted Australian qualification or current Australian occupational licence.

Each pathway consists of 2 stages:

  • Evidence Review
  • Practical Assessment and/or Technical Interview
Technical Interviews are carried out at one of the 25 assessment venues around the world. Practical Assessments are organised both internationally and in Australia. All assessments and interviews are conducted in English and no interpreter is allowed.

Timeframes

The approximate time for a full skills assessment is 8-10 weeks provided that VETASSESS does not request further documents or evidence. Qualifications assessment for Temporary Graduate visa takes about 4 to 5 weeks. Skills assessment outcome Reviews and Appeals usually take a lot longer, from 14 to 16 weeks. Review applications must be submitted within 90 days of the assessment decision and Appeal applications need to be submitted within 28 days of the review outcome decision.

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