Many visa applications require you to gain a suitable skills assessment. Skills assessments are required for those applying for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas and for may be required for employer sponsored visas. Visas that skills assessments may be required for include:

  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489)
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

Getting a suitable skills assessment is not only about having the right qualifications and/or experience. It is also about applying for your skills assessment under the right occupation. This may seem like a straightforward exercise but is not always so. Some occupations can be broadly understood and/or an applicant’s role in an occupation might span roles in other occupations due to the business structure. An example would be differentiating between a Graphic Designer and a Multimedia Designer. Depending on one’s background it may be difficult to decide in which they would be more likely to be positively assessed.

Skills assessments are a time consuming and expensive exercise. For example the cost of a skills assessment application by the VETASSESS will set you back AUD$968 (applying online and from within Australia). This has a rough turnover time of 8 to 10 weeks. If you are short of time, a Fast Track (priority processing) will cost a further AUD$660. Fast Track applications must meet eligibility criteria and will return your results to you in 10 business days. A change of occupation to be assessment incurs a fee of AUD$657.60 (applying from within Australia) As the skills assessment is only one step in a complication application, it is very important to apply under the correct one. The best way in which to decide this is to visit ANZSCO and read the task description under your occupation or possible occupations thoroughly.

We recently compiled a complete guide to all the occupation lists from which you can determine which visas your occupation is possibly eligible for as well as if a skills assessment is required and which assessing authority your will need to apply for your skills assessment from. Our ultimate list also covers if caveats are applicable for your occupation

Read: The ultimate guide to occupation lists

Read: TSS and ENS – Occupation Caveats

A large majority of skills assessments are performed by VETASSESS. Many of these occupations are a little more generic and so VETASSESS has provided some further advice on determining if you are applying under the most appropriate occupation. In this article we will run through some of the occupations and the advice given. Even if advice has been provided in this article we highly recommend that you visit VETASSESS for complete details.

Find: VETASSESS occupation advice

 

Counsellor

A highly relevant field of study would be Counselling. There are a number of counsellor occupations. Related experience or specific modules in study will need to be demonstrated.

Careers Counsellor: Focus on working with clients who are starting their careers or making a significant change in their career. A Careers Counsellor provides individuals and groups with information about career choices and assists individuals with self-employment

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor: Provides support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develops strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provides community education

Family and Marriage Counsellor: Assists individuals, couples and families with marriage and relationship difficulties

Rehabilitation Counsellor: Assists physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged people to reintegrate into work and the community

Student Counsellor: Provide information and assistance to students, parents and teachers about a wide range of matters such as students’ personal problems, learning difficulties and special requirements

Counsellors (nec): Gambling Counsellor, Grief Counsellor, Life Coach, Rape Crisis Counsellor and Trauma Counsellor. Religious Counsellors may be better covered under Ministers of Religion [272211]

Not eligible: Qualifications in Psychology without studies and supervised practical training in counselling would not be positively assessed under counsellor occupations.

 

Chemist

The Chemist occupation studies chemical and physical properties of substances and develops and monitors chemical processes and production. A major in Chemistry would include subjects such as analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry with an additional focus on modern applications such as nanotechnology, analytical and environmental chemistry, polymer science and surface science.

Not eligible: Qualifications in Pharmacy, Food Science or Food Technology do not usually have the breadth and depth of Chemistry related subjects and is less likely to result in a positive assessment. Also note that it is different from the Industrial Pharmacist [251512] occupation, which undertakes research, testing and analysis related to the development, production, storage, quality control and distribution of drugs and related supplies.

 

Construction project manager

A highly relevant field of study is Construction Project Management, which is the study of planning and controlling building projects.

Maybe: Qualifications in Architectural Studies with supporting highly relevant employment will be considered on a case by case basis.

Not eligible: General management degrees without studies in construction/civil engineering or building would not usually be positively assessed for this occupation.

 

Internal auditor

An Internal Auditor examines, verifies, evaluates and reports on financial, operational and managerial processes, systems and outcomes to ensure financial and operational integrity and compliance, and assists in business process reviews, risk assessments, developing deliverables and reporting progress against outcomes.

Not eligible: This occupation differs from Accountants and External Auditors, occupations assessed by the accounting bodies.

 

Land architect

A Landscape Architect plans and designs land areas for projects such as open space networks, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for all building types, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites. A highly relevant field of study is Landscape Architecture.

Maybe: Degrees in Architectural Studies without a major in Landscape Architecture will not be assessed positively, unless the applicant has official registration as a Landscape Architect.

 

Medical administrator

The role of Medical Administrator is usually the most senior medical management position in a hospital or hospital department. They may also be known by other titles such as Medical Manager, Director of Clinical Services, and Director of Medical Services. A highly relevant field of study is Medicine. Medical Administrators may also hold additional higher qualifications in Health Administration and Public Health.

Not eligible: This occupation is at a higher skill level and tasks are different to practicing physicians, medical officers, nursing managers, interns, administrative hospital staff and non hospital practice managers. Qualifications in Nursing or allied health fields such as Dentistry and Homeopathy, would not usually meet the requirements for this occupation.

 

Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

An Occupational Health and Safety Adviser develops, implements and evaluates risk management policies and programs, trains employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitors and audits the workplace, and records and investigates incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.

Maybe: Qualifications which do not have a major in OH&S will be considered on a case by case basis provided that the major is in an area related to the employment context, there is evidence of employment which is assessed as highly relevant to the nominated occupation and supported by inhouse relevant training. For example an applicant who holds a qualification in building and construction as well as short courses and/or licensing in OH&S, combined with highly relevant employment in a construction setting, and working primarily in a full- time OH&S role.

 

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

At least a Bachelor degree in the relevant discipline such as TESOL or English as a Second Language Teaching is required. This is the study of theories, methods and practice of teaching English to those whose first language is other than English, including teaching children in school settings and teaching adults and children in other settings.

Not eligible: General studies in English Language and Literature without additional qualifications in TESOL will usually not be assessed positively.

 

Vocational Education Teacher (non-trades)

The occupation of Vocational Education Teacher (non-trades) relates to the teaching of one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a technical and further education (TAFE) institute, polytechnic or other training institute to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes (ANZSCO).

Not eligible: University lecturers and University tutors will not be assessed positively for this occupation.

 

Graphic designers

A Graphic Designer plans, designs, develops and prepares information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout to achieve commercial and communication needs with particular emphasis on tailoring the message for the intended audience. Applicants should consider whether they more closely match the occupations of Web Designer [232414] and Illustrator [232412] as there are some similarities in these occupations

Not eligible: Applicants with qualifications/employment as Multimedia Designer [232413], Multimedia Specialist [261211] and Web Developer [261212] would not usually be assessed positively for this occupation.

 

Hotel or Motel Manager

A highly relevant field of study would be Hospitality Management, which is the study of managing the operations of organisations which provide hospitality services.

Not eligible: Tourism/Events Management Studies without relevant subjects in Hospitality/Hotel Management would not usually be considered positively for this occupation.

 

ICT Account Manager

An ICT Account Manager manages sale of computer hardware, software and services to existing account clients and identifies further sales opportunities within these accounts, builds new account clients, manages customer satisfaction and retention, and coordinates the preparation and presentation of ICT sales proposals and tenders. Highly relevant fields of study would include disciplines relevant to information and communication products, such as computer science and information technology.

Maybe: Other major fields of study such as marketing, accounting, or finance will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the employment is highly relevant and there is a clear connection between the major field of study and the products/services sold.

Not eligible: The role of an Account Manager is primarily to generate increased revenue from existing accounts, rather than to acquire new accounts. ICT Sales Assistants, who sell computing and telecommunications related goods and services in retail and wholesale establishments, are elsewhere classified in ANZSCO at a lower skill level than ICT Sales Professionals.

 

ICT Sales Representative

An ICT Sales Representative develops and converts sales opportunities into sales of computer hardware, software and ICT services. Highly relevant fields of study would include disciplines relevant to information and communication products, such as computer science and information technology.

Maybe: Other major fields of study such as marketing, accounting, or finance will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the employment is highly relevant and there is a clear connection between the major field of study and the products/services sold.

Not eligible: ICT Sales Assistants, who sell computing and telecommunications related goods and services in retail and wholesale establishments, are elsewhere classified in ANZSCO at a lower skill level than ICT Sales Professionals.

 

Public Relations Professional

Not eligible: This occupation is different to Marketing Specialist [225113], Advertising Specialist [225111] and Market Research Analyst [225112]. Applicants with employment in one of these professions would not be assessed positively.

 

Web designer

A Web Designer plans, designs, develops and prepares information for internet publication with particular emphasis on the user interface, ease of navigation and location of information using text, pictures, animation, sound, colours, layout and data sources to deliver information tailored to an intended audience and purpose. Applicants should consider whether they more closely match the occupations of Graphic Designer [232411] and Illustrator [232412] as there are some similarities in these occupations; applicants must ensure they nominate the occupation which most closely matches their qualifications and employment.

Not eligible: Applicants with qualifications/employment as Multimedia Designer [232413], Multimedia Specialist [261211] and Web Developer [261212] would not usually be assessed positively for this occupation.

 

Program or Project Administrator

The responsibilities and tasks of a Program or Project Administrator relate to the administration of specific programs or projects. Employment evidence provided must ideally specify the specific projects or programs that have been administered by the applicant. A highly relevant field of study would be Project Management.

Maybe: Other fields of study may be considered on a case by case basis if they are highly relevant to the industry or sector in which the applicant has project management experience.

Not eligible: General clerical/administrative support for a business or organisation is not the same as program or project administration and will not be assessed positively for this occupation.

 

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