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New validity requirement for skills assessments

From 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, that assessment will only be valid for a period of three years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the following visas:

  • Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa
  • Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa
  • Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply through SkillSelect for the following visas:

  • Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visa
  • Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visa
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

These changes do not affect the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa.

About SkillSelect

SkillSelect is an online service that helps Australia manage its skilled migration programme. It helps to ensure that the skilled migration programme is based on Australia's economic needs. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the time taken to process a visa application is significantly reduced.

SkillSelect also helps address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This is of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia.

How does SkillSelect work?

Submit an EOI

Login to SkillSelect

Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect.

An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.

You will be asked to provide a range of information in your EOI depending on the visa you want to be considered for, such as:

  • basic personal information
  • nominated occupation
  • work experience
  • study and education
  • level of English skills
  • details of a skills assessment, related to your nominated occupation
  • business and investment experience.

These skilled workers and business people can then be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they might be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

All people interested in the points based skilled migration or business investment and innovation visa programmes will need to submit an EOI and receive an invitation in order to lodge a visa application.

For more detail on what questions and information you will need to supply in your EOI, you should refer to the webpage of the visa you are interested in.

Which visas can be applied for?

The following five visas must be applied for -- following submission of a successful Expression of Interest (EOI) -- through SkillSelect:

The following three visas can be applied for following an invitation by a SkillSelect-approved Australian employer:

See: Booklet 11- SkillSelect for more information about the SkillSelect process.

For employers

Employers login

This section will help you understand what you need to do to gain access to highly skilled workers to meet your current and future business obligations.

If you need further assistance, visit our SkillSelect Help and support section..

The benefits of using SkillSelect

SkillSelect can help you quickly and easily identify potential skilled workers with the essential skills and attributes needed to fill skill shortages, and to contact them.

This has a number of benefits for business, including the ability to reduce overseas advertising and recruitment costs, as well as helping address regional skill shortages. When an intending migrant submits their EOI, they can identify states and territories they are willing to live and work and indicate whether they would be willing to work in regional areas. Employers can then search for skilled workers who have indicated a willingness to work in specific regional areas.

Searching SkillSelect

You can search SkillSelect using a range of criteria such as the skilled worker's occupation, qualifications or English language ability. You will be able to view details of skilled workers and then make contact with them to discuss sponsorship and employment. You will not have access to any personal information such as name, date of birth and other characteristics that could personally identify the skilled worker.

SkillSelect is a secure online service that requires a valid AUSKey for employers to gain access. If you are an Australian business, you can register for an AUSKey to securely and conveniently access a range of government online services. To obtain an AUSKey or find out more, visit the AUSKey website.

If you are one of the more than 800 000 existing AUSKey users, you are ready to use SkillSelect now.

Select the 'Employers login' button at the top of this page.

You will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of SkillSelect when you register. If you do not comply with the terms and conditions your access to SkillSelect may be revoked

Identifying a potential skilled worker

If you find a potential skilled worker you can submit a contact request through SkillSelect to the skilled worker with your contact details. The skilled worker can then contact you to discuss employment opportunities.

Following contact with the skilled worker, you can decide to sponsor and employ them. Information about how to sponsor a skilled worker to migrate to Australia is available on our website:

You can identify people through your own selection processes and you will still be able to sponsor them without the skilled worker submitting an EOI through SkillSelect.

Invitation rounds

Announcement

As there are still high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants in the following occupations, pro rata arrangements for these occupational groups will continue:

  • Accountants
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers

Details of the cut-offs for these occupations will continue to be included in the regular invitation round reports.

An invitation is permission from the government that allows invitees to apply for a visa under the skilled migration programme for Australia.

Invitations are issued twice a month. The results of the invitation rounds are published on this webpage after every round.

Current invitation round

An invitation round to apply for the Skilled - Independent and Skilled - Regional (Provisional) visa subclasses was conducted on 14 July 2014​.

Next invitation rounds

Please note the invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, rather than the first and third for the rest of the programme year.

The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the July 2014 invitation rounds are as follows:

14 July 2014

Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1250
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 10

28 July 2014

Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1250
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 10

Due to a large number of applications there will be a limit of 10 invitations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas until further notice. This change was implemented from the 24 February 2014 invitation round.

Please note that this will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue.

Previous invitation rounds

The results from previous invitation rounds are shown below:

2014

2013

Occupation ceilings

An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations.

Occupational ceilings do not apply to, State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

As there are high levels of interest from prospective skilled migrants in the below occupations, pro rata arrangements for this occupational group will apply. These arrangements are subject to change throughout the programme years:

  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Accountants.

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2014-2015 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations issued for each occupation in the current programme year to date:

Occupations ceilings for the 2014-15 programme year

Occupation ID

Description

Ceiling Value

Actual Results to Date

1331

Construction Managers

5178

8

1332

Engineering Managers

1428

2

1335

Production Managers

3132

0

1341

Child Care Centre Managers

1000

0

1342

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1356

4

2211

Accountants

5478

228

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

1188

27

2241

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

1000

7

2245

Land Economists and Valuers

1000

1

2312

Marine Transport Professionals

1000

3

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1476

8

2322

Cartographers and Surveyors

1000

1

2326

Urban and Regional Planners

1000

4

2331

Chemical and Materials Engineers

1000

21

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

2850

43

2333

Electrical Engineers

1332

20

2334

Electronics Engineers

1000

30

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

1680

61

2336

Mining Engineers

1000

5

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

1000

46

2341

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

1000

10

2346

Medical Laboratory Scientists

1092

1

2347

Veterinarians

1000

4

2349

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

1000

2

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

1404

3

2414

Secondary School Teachers

7002

26

2415

Special Education Teachers

1044

0

2512

Medical Imaging Professionals

1014

6

2513

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

1470

5

2514

Optometrists and Orthoptists

1000

2

2521

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

1000

1

2523

Dental Practitioners

1000

17

2524

Occupational Therapists

1000

5

2525

Physiotherapists

1188

12

2526

Podiatrists

1000

1

2527

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

1000

2

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3672

21

2532

Anaesthetists

1000

1

2533

Internal Medicine Specialists

1000

0

2534

Psychiatrists

1000

1

2535

Surgeons

1000

0

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

38

2541

Midwives

1000

2

2544

Registered Nurses

15042

153

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

1620

67

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

5004

207

2631

Computer Network Professionals

1788

52

2633

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

1000

35

2711

Barristers

1000

0

2713

Solicitors

3426

12

2723

Psychologists

1248

5

2725

Social Workers

1968

7

3122

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

1

3123

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

1000

1

3132

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

1000

1

3211

Automotive Electricians

1000

0

3212

Motor Mechanics

6444

4

3222

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

1000

0

3223

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

4482

2

3232

Metal Fitters and Machinists

6816

5

3233

Precision Metal Trades Workers

1000

0

3311

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

1506

2

3312

Carpenters and Joiners

7164

8

3322

Painting Trades Workers

2448

0

3331

Glaziers

1000

0

3332

Plasterers

1980

1

3334

Wall and Floor Tilers

1110

0

3341

Plumbers

4464

1

3411

Electricians

7854

11

3421

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

1626

2

3422

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

1000

0

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

2580

0

3513

Chefs

2547

1

3991

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

1000

0

4112

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists

1000

3

Help and support

This section provides detailed information to help you use SkillSelect. Before you contact us to resolve or address any issues, we encourage you to:

  1. Read the user guides​.
  2. Check Booklet 11- SkillSelect.
  3. Search the SkillSelect FAQs on this website.

If you are unable to resolve your issue or question, you can contact us using this form:

Note: Our client contact centres are unable to help with technical enquiries about SkillSelect.

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