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Skills Assessment Pilots

From 20 February 2024, all Skills Assessment Pilots are no longer active. Below information is for reference only.

Pilot 2: Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants Pilot

  • Free & Fast-tracked skills assessments for onshore migrants
  • Only if you are living in Australia and you hold an eligible visa granted on or after 1 January 2016
  • It ended in February 2024

Pilot 3: Employability Assessments Pilot

  • Offers free employability assessments to migrants who are residing in Australia, are on an eligible permanent visa subclass and working below their skill level (for example, you were successfully assessed as an Accountant and are working as a Bookkeeper)
  • Offers access to subsidised training to address any gaps identified during the employability assessment
  • It ended in February 2024

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Skills Assessment Pilots - Department of Employment & Workplace Relations

NSW 491 - Notes:

  • The NSW 491 Occupation List (Stream 2 & 3) published on the NSW Government website is not regularly updated by the state government and may not include the latest changes to occupations. Anzscosearch data on NSW nomination under streams 2 & 3 draws directly from information provided by each participating region.

  • Be aware that the NSW Government has recently started including occupations codes from the new ANZSCO catalogue v.2021 (i.e. Cotton Grower / Zoologist). For the sake of consistency with current legislation, Anzscosearch only uses ANZSCO codes from catalogue v1.3.

VETASSESS Occupation GroupA

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification(s) assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

VETASSESS Occupation GroupB

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree with an additional qualification at least Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma level in a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree without a highly relevant field of study and at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;

Note: For pre-qualification employment (if all of your employment is before your qualification assessed at the AQF bachelor degree level), five years of highly relevant employment in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

VETASSESS Occupation GroupC

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level with an additional qualification at least AQF Certificate IV in a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level without a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;

Note: For pre-qualification employment (if all of your employment is before your qualification assessed at the AQF diploma level), three years of highly relevant employment in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

VETASSESS Occupation GroupD

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Certificate IV with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Certificate IV without a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Certificate III with a highly relevant field of study and at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;

Note: For pre-qualification employment (if all of your employment is before your qualifications assessed at the AQF Certificate III or Certificate IV level), three years of highly relevant employment in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

VETASSESS Occupation GroupE

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

VETASSESS Occupation GroupF

Skills Assessment Criteria:

  • Qualification/s assessed at least AQF Certificate II with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; OR
  • Qualification/s assessed at Australian Certificate II without a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;

Note: For pre-qualification employment (if all of your employment is before your qualifications assessed at the AQF Certificate II level), three years of highly relevant employment in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

VETASSESS Skills Assessment for Professional Occupations

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)

Australian Qualification By Occupation
Last update: 30/10/2023

Industry Labour Agreement (ILA)

This occupation is included in the following Industry Labour Agreements:

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) &
187 – Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)*

The ENS and RSMS programs have three streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition (TRT)
  • Direct Entry (DE)
  • Labour Agreement stream (LA)

The TRT stream provides access to permanent residence for eligible holders of the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa and eligible holders of the repealed Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa (Subclass 457 visa).

Effective 25 November 2023, it is no longer a requirement for the occupation identified in the nomination to be specified in a legislative instrument for applications in the TRT stream. To be eligible under the TRT stream, an applicant must have an occupation which:

(i) is listed in ANZSCO, and

(ii) has the same 4-digit ANZSCO occupation unit group code as the occupation in relation to which the identified person’s most recently held Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa or Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa was granted1.

* Subclass 187 visa is closed to new applications except for certain transitional cases.

1 Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) reg 5.19(5)(b).

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