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When seeking to enter Australia as a skilled migrant, the government needs to be satisfied that you are appropriately qualified for the role for which you want to work.

What is the skills assessment requirement?

The skills assessment requirement ensures that you have the pre-requisite skills for your role.  It is evidence that the relevant assessing authority deems your skills of an acceptable standard.

The DIBP advises:

“To apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa, at time of invitation you must nominate an occupation that is on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations. You must provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

You must provide from the relevant assessing authority a full (permanent) skills assessment which must be used for Points Tested Skilled Migration. The criterion by which an assessing authority undertakes different types of skills assessments is 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.

Some assessing authorities issue a provisional or subclass 485 skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian educational institutions applying for a subclass 485 visa. The primary difference is that a subclass 485 skills assessment does not require employment in the applicant’s occupation at the skilled level unlike a full or permanent skills assessment. A suitable provisional skills assessment issued for subclass 485 is not a suitable skills assessment for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa.

It is your responsibility to contact the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation and obtain a skills assessment. Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges. You are strongly advised to contact the relevant assessing authority to arrange your skills assessment well before you intend to submit your Expression of Interest in SkillSelect.”

How to get a skills assessment

For Doctors and lawyers [add hyperlink to separate page]

For Everything else

You will need to find your occupation on the Strategic Skills Lists [hyperlink to separate page SOL].  Only occupations on these lists can migrate to Australia for work purposes.  Please only rely on the Australian Legal Instrument for the most up to date lists.


Usually you will need some formal qualifications in the field you are seeking assessment (a university degree or trade qualification for example), however in some instances a particular number of years’ experience (as specified) by the assessing authority can substitute for formal qualifications.

Each assessing authority will be able to advise you what the qualification requirements are for the occupations they assess. The full list of authorities is available here [link to assessing authorities].

Finding Employment

Assessing authorities will not be able to assist you in finding suitable employment.  They are not employment agencies.  Their function is to provide a qualifying skills assessment for migration purposes only.  They also cannot give advice about your visa application.

Submitting more than one skills assessment

You may be qualified and skilled in more than one area, but you can only include one role and skills assessment in your expression of interest.  Prior to this however you can apply to a number of assessing authorities to identify which occupation may be the best for you to nominate on your Expression of Interest.

The DIBP advice follows:

“You can only have one nominated occupation when you lodge your Points Tested Skilled Migration application. Prior to submitting your Expression of Interest however, you may apply to any number of skills assessing authorities until you obtain a suitable skills assessment. You are unable to change your nominated occupation once you are invited to apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa in SkillSelect.” DIBP website

Evidence to attach to your application

Your skills assessment must be included in your application for a visa, once you have been invited to apply.

“Once you are invited to apply and lodge a valid application you must provide a scanned certified copy of a suitable skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.” DIBP website