Migration Skills Assessment
DO I NEED A SKILLS ASSESSMENT?
Skills assessments are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities in Australia. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that checks that your skills meet the set standards to work in a relevant occupation.
For many visas in Australia, a valid skills assessment is necessary. For example, you need a valid skills assessment for subclass 186, 189, 190, 485, 491, 494 and even 482 in some circumstances. In some cases, you may be exempt or do not need a skills assessment.
However, assessment criteria and the type of skills assessment you require, or whether you will actually need a valid skills assessment for your specific visa, will significantly vary depending on the visa you apply for and your individual circumstances such as your occupation, qualifications, nationality and so on. To find out more about skills assessment given your individual situation, it is best to discuss with a migration lawyer.
HOW LONG IS MY SKILLS ASSESSMENT VALID FOR?
Skills assessments are generally valid for 3 years from the date of the assessment. If no validity period is shown on a skills assessment, the assessment is valid for 3 years from date of issue.
However, if the validity period shown on your skills assessment is less than 3 years, the assessment is only valid for the period stated on the assessment.
SOME OF THE MOST USED SKILLS ASSESSING AUTHORITIES
- Trades Recognition Australia (‘TRA’)
- Australian Computer Society (‘ACS’)
- Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (‘ANMAC’)
- Engineers Australia (‘EA’)
- Institute of Managers and Leaders National (‘IML’)
- Medical Board of Australia (‘MedBA’)
- Australian Pharmacy Council (‘APharmC’)
- Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (‘CPAA’)
- Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (‘CAANZ’)
- Institute of Public Accountants (‘IPA’)
- Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (‘ASMIRT’)
- Legal Admissions Authority of a State or Territory (‘SLAA’)
- Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (‘AITSL’)
- Australain Dental Council (‘ADC’)
- Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (‘AVBC’)
- Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (‘SSSI’)
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority (‘CASA’)
- Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (‘AACA’)
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