Migration Skills Assessments

All who are applying for a points tested visa under Australia’s general skilled migration program must obtain a migration skills assessment from the assessing body that is given the authority by the Department of Immigration to assess the skilled occupation that is being nominated in the skilled visa application.

The skills assessment must be completed before an Expression of Interest is lodged with the Department of Immigration for a visa under the general skilled program.

The skills assessment usually requires the applicant to provide details of qualifications obtained after leaving school, often with information about work experience in the nominated occupation, including the duties undertaken and for how long this work has been carried out.

In a small number of skilled occupations – notably engineering and IT occupations – substantial relevant work experience may be acceptable in place of formal qualifications.

The outcome of the migration skills assessment should be confirmation that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

The criteria, procedures, and charges applied by an assessing authority when undertaking skills assessments is determined by the authority in accordance with its own professional standards. They can therefore differ between occupations, and it is important to be clear before starting the process of migrating under the skilled program what criteria will apply to your nominated occupation.

The Skilled Occupations List  and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List provide details of the assessing authority for each occupation.

GM Skilled brings together significant knowledge and experience from Go Matilda Visas in the area of Australian visa strategy, and GM Tax in the area of tax planning and compliance.

We work with our clients on the basis of fixed fees, and a wish to have a long term relationship based on our expertise, trust and a quality service.

If you would like help with a migration skills assessment for the purpose of your intended Australian skilled visa application please contact your nearest GM Skilled office or complete the form on this page for a no obligation free initial discussion.

We look forward to hearing from you.