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Skill Assessment Australia

Skills assessment is the process in which qualifications and work experience are assessed to determine whether you meet the skills required to work in Australian work culture.

Skill Assessment Australia

Australia Migration Skill Assessment

Get Your Skills Assessed

Hundreds and thousands of of foreign workers choose to live and work in Australia every year because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered.

What Is GSM?

The general skilled migration (GSM) visa is a point-based system that has been especially designed to attract highly qualified and experienced professionals to best meet Australia’s skills needs. One of the key elements before one can apply in the GSM program is the skills assessment in the nominated occupation by a relevant assessing authority.

Apply For Migration Skills Assessment In Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide).

Assessing Authorities For Different Skills

Though the two most common assessing authorities for trade-related occupations are VETASSESS and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), here’s a list of all the assessing authorities.

  • AACA – Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, Inc
  • AASW – Australian Association of Social Workers
  • ACS – Australian Computer Society
  • ACOPRA – Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities, Inc.
  • ADC – Australian Dental Council
  • AIM – Australian Institute of Management
  • AIMS – Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • AIQS – Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • AIR – Australian Institute of Radiography
  • AIWCW – Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers
  • AMSA – Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • ANCI – Australian Nursing Council Incorporated
  • APC – Australasian Podiatry Council
  • APEC – Australian Pharmacy Examining Council Inc
  • APS – Australian Psychological Society
  • ASCPA – Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants


  • The applicant(s) must carefully check their conditions and relevant experience before applying for a skills assessment.
  • It’s imperative that they provide ample documentation to substantiate their qualifications and relevant work experience.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the relevant assessing authority for nominated occupation and obtain a Skills Assessment.
  • Every assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and charges.
  • Applicant is strongly advised to contact the relevant assessing authority to arrange skills assessment well before the applicant intends to submit their Expression of Interest in SkillSelect.

Key Eligibility Requirements

Requirements For Skill Assessment

The applicant must:
  • have been issued an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) Certificate.
  • meet genuine temporary entrant requirement.
  • have sufficient funds for airfares, course fees and living costs.
  • have adequate English language proficiency.
  • meet the health and character requirement.
  • have an acceptable Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  • have a valid passport.

Requirements & Eligibility

  • Assessing bodies require the applicant to have post-secondary qualifications (such as university or trade) in order to receive a positive assessment of skills.
  • Substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable in a smaller number of occupations.
  • Each assessing authority advises about the qualification requirements and the occupations it assesses.
  • Once the applicant has been invited to apply and lodge a valid application, he/she must provide a scanned certificate copy of a suitable skills assessment by the relevant assessing authority for his/her nominated skilled occupation.

Getting Multiple Skills Assessed

  • The applicant can only possess one nominated occupation when lodging Points Tested Skilled Migration application.
  • The applicant may apply to any number of skill assessments prior to the submission of EOI.
  • Once invited to apply for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa in the SkillSelect, the applicant can change their designated occupation.

For assistance to get your skills assessed by your assessing authority or to have detailed information on Australia Skills Assessment, get in touch with one of our MARA Agents!


Please note that the above-mentioned is not an exhaustive list of requirements. This content is for general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such. While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept up-to-date and correct, the currency and thus accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law.
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FAQs About Skills Assessment

A skills assessment in Australia assess the applicant’s qualifications, work experience, and skills for specific occupations. This is specially required for skilled migration visas like the General Skilled Migration program.

The cost of skill assessment in Australia will depend on the complexity of your case. For more details, reach out to our expert migration agents at your nearest branch.

A skills assessment is important for Permanent Residency in Australia, especially for visa subclasses like Skilled Independent and Skilled Nominated, on the other hand, it may not be required for family-sponsored or employer-sponsored visas.

No, you cannot apply for EOI without skills assessment as it is one of the key requirements of most skilled migration visas that proves your qualifications and experience needed for the nominated occupation in the SkillSelect system.

Relevant authorities for different occupations, aligning with migration pathways and visa requirements, with each assessment incurring its own fee and processing time, can conduct multiple skills assessments.