Skill Assessment

When applying for both a permanent and temporary employer sponsored visa, a skill assessment is often required for various visa types depending on the occupation.

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The main employer sponsored visas requiring a skill assessment include:

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Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

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Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa (subclass 494)

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Temporary Skilled Shortages Visa (TSS subclass 482)

This skill assessment is used to determine the employee’s skills meet the standards required of the occupation in Australia. Typically, each job listed on the government’s ‘Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations’ has their own assessing body with their own processes, pricing, and timelines. Some governing bodies include the Australian Computer Society Incorporated (ACS), Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (Vetassess), CPA Australia Ltd (CPA) and The Institution of Engineers Australia (EA). Techvisa has had extensive experience with all these assessing bodies and more, so our expert team understand what is required and how to best assist applicants with this process.

As these bodies are individual agencies, it is also the applicant’s responsibility to contact the relevant authority to take the Australian skill assessment or we can do this on your behalf. It is important to note, the process of the skills assessment to review all qualifications and experience of the applicant does take some time, so contacting the assessing authority as soon as possible is recommended.

At Techvisa, we consult with individuals to assist in preparing all documentation to ensure the best outcome in the skills assessment. Once the assessment results have been reviewed by the occupational authority, the applicant will be notified and can attach a certified copy to their visa application.

To find out more about the skills assessment and how our team of expert migration specialists can help, contact us today.

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How long does an Australian skills assessment take?

Typically, a full skills assessment takes around 5 to 10 weeks once all documents have been submitted for review. However, as they are run by independent bodies this time can vary depending on occupation.

How long are skills assessments valid for in Australia?

Skills assessments are valid for up to 3 years from the date of issue where no other expiry date is specified. After this date has passed, the assessment is no longer accepted in visa applications or otherwise and another skills assessment must be undertaken.

How much does it cost to take a skills assessment in Australia?

As each assessment agency is run independently, the cost of a skills assessment varies from each body as well as the inclusions added. However, the skills assessment pricing does vary from around $500 AUD to $930 AUD as an estimate.

How to get a skills assessment for Australia?

To take a skills assessment for a visa application to Australia you will be required to contact the assessment agency relevant to the occupation nominated in your visa application. You can find this by using the government’s ‘Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. Once you have identified which agency will review your skills assessment, go through the application process on their website.

If you are having trouble locating this, or need assistance compiling all the documentation needed, our migration experts can help to ensure your skills assessment process is as simple and stress-free as possible.