6. Skills Assessment

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Skills Assessment

If you’re considering applying for skilled migration, employer-sponsored Visa, or a Subclass 485 – Graduate Stream visa, you must have a positive skills assessment.

A skills assessment will assess your qualification and employment by a relevant authority and determine whether you have the skills necessary to perform your nominated occupation.

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Visas that require a Skills Assessment

Subclass 485

Temporary Graduate Visa

Graduate Work Stream

This visa stream requires a skills assessment of an occupation on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Subclass 189

Skilled – Independent visa

Points Stream

This Visa is an independent, skill-based, point tested invited pathway for highly skilled applicants to live and work permanently in Australia.

Subclass 190

Skilled – Nominated Visa

Subclass 190 is a state or territory sponsored, points-tested permanent visa pathway for highly skilled overseas applicants to settle in Australia.

Subclass 491

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 491 is a provisional state/ territory or family-sponsored visa pathway for overseas workers to live, work and study in Australia for up to five years.

Subclass 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) visa

The Subclass 494 visa enables regional employers to sponsor eligible applicants to live and work in designated regional areas of Australia for up to five years.

Subclass 186

Direct Entry Stream

This Visa enables skilled workers to be sponsored by an eligible employer to live permanently in Australia.

Subclass 482

Medium Term Stream

Subclass 482 visa is a temporary work visa that allows visa holders in occupations considered ‘high value’ to the economy in the medium to long-term period to live in Australia while working full-time for the sponsoring employer.



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Common Skill Assessment Bodies




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Common Reasons why Skills Assessment fails

Selecting the wrong occupation

Your skills assessment is likely to fail if you have not chosen an occupation according to your qualification and work experience. To avoid a refusal, we will assist you with comparing possible occupations in the skills occupation list with your current resume to ensure that you choose an appropriate occupation.


Not understanding the work requirements

Each specific skills assessment body has different sets of criteria. For example, while some bodies allow for pre-qualification employment, some do not. Therefore, your application may be refused if you have applied for your skills assessment by claiming your pre-qualification work experience.


Not providing appropriate documents

Reference letters are essential evidence when it comes to claiming your work experience. While each skills assessment bodies have its requirement for a reference, a suitable skills assessment will include:

  • exact dates of employment.
  • job description in line with the ANZSCO description (so long as you had genuinely undertaken those duties)



Do I need to renew my skills assessment once completing it?
Yes, skills assessments are usually only valid three years from the original issue date for skilled migration. It may be valid for a shorter or a more extended period, depending on your requirement.
How long does it take to complete a skills assessment?
This depends on the skills assessment. Generally, this could take up to an average of 6 weeks.
Can I apply for multiple skills assessments?
Yes. In some cases, applicants can fit into one or more occupations, and in this case, you can apply for multiple skills assessments. Alternatively, if your occupation has multiple skills assessment providers (for example, accountants), and your skills assessment fails with one provider, you can always apply with another provider.
Can I still obtain a skills assessment even without a formal qualification?
Yes, you may be able to still get a positive skills assessment without a formal qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (‘RPL’). RPL acknowledges that individuals can acquire skills through informal learning and work experience and awards qualifications after assessing their work experience. However, this may not always be possible for all skills assessment bodies.
Can I fast track my skills assessment application?

Many skills assessment bodies can fast-track your application for an additional fee


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