Skills assessments are requirements for various Australian visas. Broadly, a skills assessment is a procedure that verifies the skills of an applicant. A skills assessment is a requirement for some visas but is only conditional for other visas. The skilled worker visas, such as Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) are two common examples of visas that do require a skills assessment.

Skills assessments are conducted by official skills assessing authorities

see link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skills-assessment/assessing-authorities
. A skill assessing authority is an organization that verifies that an applicant’s skills meet the standards required to legally and competently work in a specific occupation. Most occupations in each list have their own skills assessing authority. The Australian government can only accept a skills assessment issued by the official assessing authority for that specific occupation.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the applicable assessing authority for his or her occupation and get a skills assessment if required. Each assessing authority has its own procedures, prices, and timelines.

How to Get a Skills Assessment (Procedure):

  1. Find the Assessing Authority: Contact an official assessing authority for your occupation. Check which skills assessing authority is the correct one for your nominated occupation and finish your skills assessment before you apply for the visa. The assessment of your skills and qualification by the assessing authority can take some time.
  2. Receive your assessment: Provide a certified copy of the applicant’s skills assessment with his or her visa application. If the applicant doesn’t get a positive assessment result, then the applicant cannot apply for a skilled migration visa.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. The information and facts referred to herein may be amended, removed or otherwise changed by the applicable government authority. As such, the information contained herein is provided with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.

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