Background to Skills Recognition in Australia
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In Australia there is no single authority which assesses or recognises all overseas qualifications. Many professional, government and other organisations are involved, depending on the type of qualification or occupation and whether the assessment is for the purpose of migration or employment in a particular state or territory of Australia.
Please note: Skill assessments are not an assessment of your suitability for employment or the likely success or failure of you obtaining Australian residency status.
Skills assessment is for people intending to migrate to Australia as skilled migrants.
To apply for a General Skilled Migration visa you must nominate an occupation that is on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) at the time you apply. The SOL lists all eligible occupations for General Skilled Migration, and the number of points awarded for each.
Regardless of which General Skilled Migration visa you apply for, you must provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation before your visa can be granted.
It is your responsibility to contact the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation and obtain a skills assessment. Each assessing authority has its own assessment procedures, timeframes and fees. You are strongly advised to contact the relevant assessing authority well before you intend to lodge your application to arrange your skills assessment.
Information on the skill level of each occupation is consistent with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) and may differ from the requirements set by the assessing authorities for obtaining a skills assessment. Please contact the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation to check on their requirements.
Once you have had your skills assessed and visa granted this does not necessarily mean you can practise or be employed in your occupation in a particular state or territory of Australia. Some states have particular licensing or registration requirements for a number of occupations.
For people intending to migrate to Australia as skilled migrants and people who are already in Australia and want to practise their occupation in a particular state or territory of Australia.
All Australian states and territories have their own rules for certain occupations. You may need to obtain state-level licensing and registration to practice your occupation in the state or territory you settle in. It is not always necessary to have your overseas qualifications recognised in order to obtain employment in Australia. In many occupations you can apply directly for employment and the employer will decide whether to 'recognise' your overseas training and experience or not. However, a number of occupations require registration or licensing under state or federal Government legislation. In other occupations, employers may prefer to employ people who are members of professional associations or unions or who have obtained an academic assessment that indicates the educational level of the overseas qualification.
In some cases, under the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Act, 1992, a person who has current authority to practise their occupation in one Australian State or Territory is eligible to be registered and to carry on that equivalent occupation in a second State or Territory. Conditions and exceptions may apply.
Under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA) a person registered to practise an occupation in any Australian state or territory is generally entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in New Zealand, and a person registered to practise an occupation in New Zealand is entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in the jurisdiction of any Australian state or territory.
To find out if you can obtain registration under the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Act or the TTMRA you should contact the relevant registration authority in the Australian State or Territory in which you intend to practise.
You must have sufficient English language ability to be able to work in Australia. This is known as 'vocational' English. Generally, you will be required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test to evidence your English language ability.
A higher level of English may be required for certain occupations. You can find out if your occupation requires a higher level of English by contacting the assessing authority for your nominated occupation.
Translation and interpretation services are available through the department.
See: Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
Information about applying to migrate to Australia as a skilled person is
See: Professionals and other Skilled Migrants
If you are applying to migrate as an employer-sponsored skilled person, different arrangements regarding skills recognition may apply. Please consult with the sponsoring employer and see the DIAC Employer Sponsored Scheme web content.
See: Employer Sponsored Workers
The information provided on the Skills Recognition Portal is accurate and up to date to the best of the department's knowledge. Please always check with the relevant national and state and territory authorities for the most current information.
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