VETASSESS General Occupations Skills Assessment
Our Skills Assessment services for General Professional Occupations is for you if you are planning to migrate to Australia and your occupation is classed as a general professional occupation. If you haven’t already determined how we categorise your occupation, check to see if it is a general professional or trade occupation.
You’re eligible to apply for a Skills Assessment of your General Professional Occupation if :
- You are a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia.
- You are applying for one of the following visa types: General Skilled Migration (GSM), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) or a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). The skills assessment requirement may also apply to you if you are applying for Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457).
- You hold post-secondary or higher educational qualifications at the required educational level, in a field highly relevant to your nominated occupation.
- You have at least one year of employment experience obtained in the last five years which is highly relevant to your nominated occupation (Evidence of your employment experience is not required for 485 visa purpose).
Work experience is not required for a Qualifications-only assessment to support a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. You will need to hold a qualification which is at the required educational level, in a highly relevant field of study to the nominated occupation. Find out more about the required educational level by searching your occupation.
After receiving sufficient work experience in their nominated occupation, subclass 485 visa holders can apply to VETASSESS for a Skills Assessment (qualifications and employment) to support an application to migrate permanently to Australia. If the nominated occupation is the same as for the 485 visa purpose, you will need to submit the SRG29 Post-485 form found with other downloadable forms in the Apply or Track Application section. VETASSESS will only need to assess evidence of your relevant employment to complete the assessment. However, you may also choose to change your nominated occupation for the purpose of the VETASSESS Skills Assessment application. This will require you to lodge a new application online and VETASSESS will need to assess evidence of both your qualifications and employment to complete the assessment.
For all full Skills Assessments including post-485 applications and reassessment – change of occupation applications received:
- The approximate time is 10 to 12 weeks once we have received all documents required for the assessment. Applications confirmed as eligible for Priority Processing are finalised in 10 business days.
Qualifications Assessment for Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485):
- The approximate time is 6 to 8 working weeks once all documents required for assessment have been received by VETASSESS.
For Points Test Applications only (applicants for VETASSESS occupations):
- The approximate time is 6 to 8 weeks.
For Points Test Applications (applicants for non-VETASSESS occupations):
- The approximate time is 4 to 6 weeks.
For Reassessment – Skills Assessment Outcome Review and Appeal applications:
- The approximate time is 14 to 16 weeks.
Please note that if you are also required to apply for verification of your Chinese education qualifications through VETASSESS, please allow an additional 8 to 10 weeks.
Some cases may take longer depending on the complexity of the case. As each case is different, the different time frames mentioned above can vary depending on the type of case and the investigations that might be required.
VETASSESS Skills Assessment applications require an assessment of both qualifications and employment against the criteria for your nominated occupation – work experience is an essential component of the skills assessment application.
VETASSESS Skills Assessment applications require an assessment of both qualifications and employment against the criteria for your nominated occupation. Post secondary educational qualifications are mandatory in order to gain a positive skills assessment. Highly relevant employment cannot compensate for lack of qualification at the required educational level for the nominated occupation.
For all visa types:
- You will need to ensure that you meet the assessment requirements for your nominated occupation for both the VETASSESS assessment, and for your visa.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they nominate an appropriate occupation for their visa/sponsorship requirements.
- For information about visa requirements, applicants should visit the Department of Home Affairs website at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au. For more specialised visa advice, applicants may wish to contact the Department of Home Affairs or a MARA registered migration agent.
Nominate an Occupation
You will need to nominate an occupation as part of applying for a formal Skills Assessment application. Begin by nominating the occupation which is most relevant to your qualification/s and employment.
Generally, for a Skills Assessment application lodged under either ENS, GSM, RSMS or 457 visa categories, applicants are required to hold a qualification which is assessed at the required educational level in a highly relevant field to the nominated occupation. Please refer to the General Professional Occupations/ Group classifications link below to ascertain the required education levels. In addition to the qualification requirements, applicants are also required to provide evidence of having at least one year of highly relevant employment performed at the required skill level within the last five years, from the date of lodging your application. For some Group classifications, additional years of highly relevant employment (performed at the required skill level) may compensate for lack of relevance of your qualification to the nominated occupation.
For applicants who meet the skills assessment criteria, we will then determine the date that you were deemed skilled in your nominated occupation within a ten year period.
Occupations may be removed from either the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) at any time and without notice by the Australian Government. You are responsible for ensuring that your proposed occupation is eligible at the date you submit your application to VETASSESS. Should your application be affected by the removal of an occupation from either of these lists please be advised that VETASSESS will continue with the assessment for suitability against your selected occupation.
For a customised consultation on the General Professional Occupations, contact us.
A highly relevant field of study is the ‘major’ field of your qualification that matches your nominated occupation for skills assessment purposes. It is the discipline (study area) which is assessed as suitable preparation for employment in your nominated occupation in Australia.
In order to determine whether a qualification is in a highly relevant field of study to the nominated occupation, VETASSESS considers a number of factors including (but not limited to):
- whether you hold a specialised qualification or whether your qualification has a major or whether your qualification has a major field of study which VETASSESS has identified as being suitable for the occupation in Australia
- the depth (progression) and breadth of study in the major
- the employment outcomes of the qualification in the country concerned
- course requirements – including whether any thesis work, major projects, internships/work placements were needed in order for the qualification to be achieved.
Your qualification to be assessed must be at the educational level required for your nominated occupation. Each occupation requires a specific educational level based on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Each occupation is also defined by an employment skill level. For example, the occupation of Actuary (ANZSCO Code 224111) requires an applicant to hold a formal academic qualification assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or a higher degree level.
In order to determine the educational level comparability of overseas qualifications against the AQF, the following is taken into consideration:
- the education system of the country where qualifications were obtained
- the accreditation status and recognition of the awarding institution and the program of study in the home country
- the level, structure, length and content of the program of study undertaken
Only full time (at least 20 hours per week) and paid employment can be considered for skills assessment purposes. The major tasks undertaken in your everyday work should closely match major tasks usually undertaken in that occupation in Australia. The employment to be assessed must also be performed at the required skill level of the nominated occupation.
Employment must be skilled
For employment to be considered ‘skilled’, it must meet two requirements:
- that it was undertaken after you met the entry level requirements for the nominated occupation
- that it involved your primary/ main duties being performed at the level of depth and complexity for the nominated occupation
Each ANZSCO Unit Group of occupations lists a range of tasks based on the nature of each occupation as well as the differing skill levels required. Occupation tasks may vary in terms of the scope of responsibilities, knowledge and skills required. Usually the salary will reflect the level of skill required.
The ANZSCO tasks listed for a Customer Service Manager (ANZSCO Code 149212, VETASSESS Group C Occupation classification) include supervision of staff providing customer services, developing and reviewing policies and procedures concerning customer relations, and liaising with other organisational units to enhance customer service standards.
In comparison, a Construction Project Manager (ANZSCO Code 133111, VETASSESS Group A Occupation classification) requires specialised knowledge of the construction industry and major tasks may include: interpreting architectural drawings, specifications, bills of quantities and plans; estimating costs and quantities of labour and materials; creating and implementing coordinated programs for site activities and work control systems, and ensuring adherence to building legislation and standards of building performance.
Employment must be paid
For skills assessment purposes, full time work is paid employment performed for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Irregular periods that average out to 20 hours per week over a year will not be considered. For example, if you have worked in your nominated occupation for 12 hours per week over a three-month period and then worked 40 hours per week over a seven-month period, only the seven-month period would be considered for skills assessment purposes.
Please note that volunteer services or work towards gaining professional skills and/ or qualifications will not be considered as paid employment at the required skill level of a nominated occupation for skills assessment purposes.
The skill level for employment is considered to be post-qualification if the employment follows a qualification which is assessed at the required educational level for the nominated occupation. For Groups A and E, the employment must be post-qualification.
In some cases, applicants may have gained relevant employment experience prior to achieving the required qualification. If your selected occupation is classified under our authority in Groups B, C and D, pre-qualificationemployment may be considered for skills assessment purposes.
The criteria for pre-qualification employment include a period of “qualifying” employment preceding the required one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level.
Pre-qualification employment requirements for groups B, C and D are as follows:
- Group B – five years of relevant employment required in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment performed at the required skill level in the last 5 years before applying
- Groups C and D – three years of relevant employment required in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment performed at the required skill level in the last 5 years before applying.
As part of the assessment process, VETASSESS will determine the date you met the entry level requirements for the nominated occupation based on closely related employment within the last ten years. VETASSESS will only count skilled employment post the Date Deemed Skilled as eligible for points test purpose.
VETASSESS issues skills assessments on the basis of attainment of a qualification at the required educational level and also requires a period of post-qualification work experience before considering an applicant as suitably skilled for the purpose of employment points.
Therefore, the Date Deemed Skilled noted on the VETASSESS outcome letters will be determined by the number of years of employment required for meeting the skills assessment requirements for the applicant’s chosen occupation. Only highly relevant and/or closely related work experience completed after the Date Deemed Skilled will be considered as skilled employment that is eligible for points test purposes.
The work experience required to meet the skills assessment criteria will be noted as a qualifying period to meet the skill level of the nominated or closely related ANZSCO occupation. As such, the years of work experience required to meet the skills assessment criteria will not be included in the total number of years of skilled employment assessed positively for points test purposes.
Please consider the following scenario for an application received in January 2015:
An applicant has nominated the occupation of Marketing Specialist (ANZSCO Code 225113). He has obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in December 2008 and is now working as a marketing executive with a global pharmaceutical company since January 2010. Prior to this employment, he worked as a market researcher for a marketing research consultancy firm from January 2009 to January 2010.
For skills assessment purpose, the Bachelor of Business Administration will be assessed as meeting the educational requirements for the nominated occupation. In addition to this, based on his current employment as marketing executive which falls within the last five years, he has at least one year of highly relevant employment which meets the employment requirements for the nominated occupation.
In order to determine the “Date Deemed Skilled”, the applicant’s skilled employment as market researcher (From January 2009 to January 2010) will be used to calculate the qualifying period required to meet the skill level of the nominated or closely related ANZSCO occupation. The one year of work experience required to meet the skills assessment criteria for the chosen occupation will not be included as skilled employment assessed positively for points test purposes. Therefore, only skilled employment post January 2010 will be eligible for the purpose of employment points test.
In order to determine the “Date Deemed Skilled”, VETASSESS applies the Department of Home Affair’s definition of closely related employment; to the nominated occupation. The Department of Home Affairs defines closely related employment as paid employment of at least 20 hours per week in an occupation which has the same skill level and draws on a similar skill set and subject matter as the nominated occupation. Usually closely related employment is an occupation which is in the same Unit group of ANZSCO as the nominated occupation.
For scientist occupations such as Agricultural Scientist, Physicist and Chemist, it may be possible to consider your doctoral degree studies to meet our employment criteria for skills assessment purposes. PhD level studies may be considered if you are able to demonstrate that the work has been performed at the required skill level of the nominated occupation, is at least 20 working hours per week, and is paid.
You will be required to provide official employment evidence supporting paid research employment performed at this (doctoral degree) level.
Official evidence include: research publications; a statement of service on official institution letterhead from the Head of the Department indicating the significance of the research being performed; your tasks; and evidence of how you are remunerated. Please note that evidence of remuneration would include scholarship grants (full tuition fee coverage and stipend) supporting research studies at doctoral degree level.
Please also note that the employment/research period may only be considered suitable if your paid research closely matches the major tasks usually undertaken in that occupation in Australia. PhD research which is unpaid cannot be considered for skills assessment purposes. Partially funded PhD studies will also not be accepted.
Vetassess application fees
|Application Fees – Full Skills Assessment
Full Skills Assessment (GSM with Points Test Advice)
for both qualifications and employment – Australian or Overseas
|Application method||Applying from within Australia (includes GST)||Applying from outside Australia (excludes GST)|
|Online application||AUD $968.00||AUD $880.00|
|*Priority Processing Fee (available for online applications only)||AUD $660.00||AUD $600.00|
|Paper based application (Priority Processing not available)||AUD $1039.50||AUD $945.00|
*This fee is in addition to the full skills assessment fee