Given the ongoing COVID-19 challenges, the Australian Government continues to develop and implement initiatives to support Australia’s Skilled Migration program.
The Government has just introduced three Skills Assessment Pilots (previously known as Migrant Skills Incentives) that indicate their commitment to supporting Australian businesses and addressing skills shortages.
These targeted incentives will benefit around 9,500 onshore migrants who will be able to access free, fast-tracked skills assessments and subsidised training to improve their employment prospects.
The three Skills Assessment Pilots consist of:
Pilot 1 – Faster Migrant Skills Assessments
Pilot 1 is expired.
Fast-tracked skills assessments for:
- Onshore migrants who have already submitted and paid for a skills assessment application on or before 28 February 2022.
- Have not received the outcome yet.
- Only for priority occupations.
- From 28 February 2022 to 17 June 2022.
Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants
Free and fast-tracked skills assessment offered for:
- Onshore applicants who can apply for a skills assessment in a priority occupation on or after 28 February 2022.
- Have not previously undergone a skills assessment for the nominated occupation.
- From 28 February 2022 to 30 June 2023.
- Only available for specific visa holders:
|Visa Category||Visa Subclass|
|Family & Partner visas||Adoption visa (subclass 102)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)
Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
Carer visa (subclass 836)
Carer visa (subclass 116)
Child visa (subclass 101)
Child visa (subclass 802)
Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
Orphan Relative (subclass 117)
Orphan Relative (subclass 837)
Parent visa (subclass 103)
Partner visa (subclass 100)
Partner visa (subclass 801)
Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
Interdependency (subclass 110 and 814)
Designated Parent (subclass 118 and 859)
|Refugee & Humanitarian visas||Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)
Protection visa (subclass 866)
Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)
Pilot 3 – Employability Assessments
Under this pilot, underemployed onshore migrants, who have previously received a suitable skills assessment outcome in a priority occupation, will be offered a free employability assessment and access to subsidised training to gain the specific skills required in the Australian job market.
Candidates may be eligible if:
- have received a suitable skills assessment outcome in a priority occupation from your relevant Assessing Authority on or after 1 January 2019 and have held it for a minimum of 12 months
- are seeking an Employability Assessment in the priority occupation for which you received a suitable skills assessment
- are in paid employment below your skill level and have worked a minimum of 40 hours per fortnight within the last month
- are on an eligible permanent visa subclass
- are residing in Australia at the time you submit your application
- From 26 September 2022 to 30 June 2023
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