Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations
Our Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations is for you if you are planning to migrate to Australia and your occupation is classed as a general professional occupation. If you haven’t already determined how we categorise your occupation, check to see if it is a general professional or trade occupation. Please note that we are unable to provide migration advice. For any queries related to visa options and points test, please contact The Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
You’re eligible to apply for a Skills Assessment of your General Professional Occupation if :
- You are a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia.
- You are applying for one of the following visa types: General Skilled Migration (GSM), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) or a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). The skills assessment requirement may also apply to you if you are applying for Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457).
- You hold post-secondary or higher educational qualifications at the required educational level, in a field highly relevant to your nominated occupation.
- You have at least one year of employment experience obtained in the last five years which is highly relevant to your nominated occupation (Evidence of your employment experience is not required for 485 visa purpose).
Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
If you intend to apply for a Qualifications-only assessment to support a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa, you will need to hold a qualification which is at the required educational level, in a highly relevant field of study to the nominated occupation. Find out more about the required educational level by searching your occupation.
After receiving sufficient work experience in their nominated occupation, subclass 485 visa holders can apply to VETASSESS for a Skills Assessment (qualifications and employment) to support an application to migrate permanently to Australia. If the nominated occupation is the same as for the 485 visa purpose, you will need to submit the SRG29 Post-485 form (528KB pdf) and VETASSESS will only need to assess evidence of your relevant employment to complete the assessment. However, you may also choose to change your nominated occupation for the purpose of the VETASSESS Skills Assessment application. This will require you to lodge a new application online and VETASSESS will need to assess evidence of both your qualifications and employment to complete the assessment.
What if I do not meet the requirements for my nominated occupation?
If you do not meet the requirements for your nominated occupation, you will be issued with a letter that states that you have not met the pre-migration skills assessment requirements. The letter will indicate the assessment components where your application did not meet the requirements.
If you disagree with the outcome, you should discuss your case with the assessor who will advise you on the options available for a reassessment where applicable.
How are occupations categorised?
VETASSESS has categorised its general occupations into groups A, B, C, D, E and F for assessment purposes according to the indicative skill level on ANZSCO.
|ANZSCO Skill Level||Vetassess Occupation Group|
|Skill Level 1 Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree or comparable qualification||Group A or B|
|Skill Level 2 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Associate Degree or AQF Advanced Diploma or AQF Diploma or comparable qualification.||Group C or E|
|Skill Level 3 AQF Certificate III or IV or comparable qualification||Group D|
|Skill Level 4 AQF Certificate II or III or comparable qualification||Group F|
Which visa types can I apply for after a successful skills assessment?
For all visa types:
- You will need to ensure that you meet the assessment requirements for your nominated occupation for both the VETASSESS assessment, and for your visa.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they nominate an appropriate occupation for their visa/sponsorship requirements.
- For information about visa requirements, applicants should visit the DIBP website at www.border.gov.au. For more specialised visa advice, applicants may wish to contact DIBP or a MARA registered migration agent.
For all general enquiries correspondence via phone or email, VETASSESS can only provide information regarding our assessment process, and cannot tell you which visa is best for you, which state or territory list your occupation appears on, or whether you will meet the visa requirements.
In this section you will find a list of documents that you will need to submit as part of your application. Please note that VETASSESS is under no obligation to seek further information from you at any time and can make a decision based on the evidence provided with your application. VETASSESS has no limit on the number of qualifications and employment positions to be listed on an application form. Therefore, please make sure you list the relevant qualifications and employment positions you wish to be considered in the application form and supply sufficient evidence, to allow VETASSESS to consider for assessment.
All documents must be high quality colour copies of the original documents.
Documents must be in English
If your documents are not in English, you will need to have them translated in to English. In this case you will need to submit copies of the original documents as well as the English translations. Please note that a registered translation service must be used.
List of Required Documents
One recent passport-sized colour photograph is required. The photograph must be no more than six months old and of good quality (self-taken photographs are not acceptable).
2. Proof of identity
As proof of your identity, we require your passport biopage showing your name, photo and date of birth. If you do not have a passport, you will need to provide your full Birth Certificate.
3. Change of name
If applicable, evidence of name change must be provided to address any naming inconsistencies in the documents submitted. This is to support your identity.
4. Qualification evidence
To support an assessment of your qualification(s), you must provide the qualification award certificate accompanied by the academic transcripts.
The award certificate is the official document confirming the completion of an award course of study. If you have not yet received your qualification award certificate, an official statement of completion issued by the Registrar’s department of the awarding institution will be accepted.
Transcripts are the official records from the institution outlining the courses / units of study as well as the final grades achieved as part of your academic qualification. If you attended a college affiliated to the awarding institution, the academic transcripts must be issued by the awarding institution permitted to award the qualifications.
If your transcripts do not provide sufficient information regarding the units of study undertaken, please provide additional evidence, such as a course syllabus, to clarify this. You can also detail major projects and other significant features of your studies in your CV.
Additional notes for qualifications obtained from specific regions of the world:
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC)
If you hold qualifications that have been awarded by educational institutions from China, you will be required to have your qualification/s documents verified by our organisation prior to lodging a skills assessment application. You can read more about the Chinese Qualifications Verification process on our website at
Applicants with European qualifications should supply Diploma Supplements for these if available. Generally, these are only issued by educational institutions from countries participating in the Bologna Process. A Diploma Supplement will be accepted in lieu of an award certificate and transcript if it includes all the necessary information.
A verified copy of the award certificate and full academic transcript must be sent directly in a sealed envelope from the awarding body to VETASSESS.
An attested HEC (Higher Education Commission Pakistan) copy of the award certificate and full academic transcript must be sent directly by courier in a sealed envelope from HEC to VETASSESS. For more information on HEC attestation through courier service please go to the HEC website at http://hec.gov.pk. Alternatively, you may provide a verified copy of the award certificate and full academic transcript sent directly in a sealed envelope from the awarding body to VETASSESS.
Please supply evidence of passing the Professional Regulation Commission’s Licensure Examinations if available.
All transcripts must show subjects studied and marks/grades awarded in the original language.
5. Employment evidence
It is important that you provide us with the required employment evidence for each employment position listed in your formal skills assessment application. For each position, you need to provide a statement of service accompanied by payment evidence.
Statement of Service:
A Statement of Service is a written statement by your employer confirming your employment on official letterhead. Official letterheads should include the organisation’s full address details, telephone, email and website addresses. The content of the letter must be signed by your direct supervisor or the manager of the human resources department.
The Statement of Service must include the following:
- a) The company letterhead
- b) Your full name
- c) Whether the employment is / was on a full-time or part-time basis
- d) The working hours per week
- e) Your official position title (s) held at the organisation
- f) The exact period of your employment in each position held
- g) Details of your official main duties for each position held
- h) The main five duties undertaken
- i) The salary earned
- j) A signature by the authorised person whose name and position are legible below the signature
- k) Direct contact details of the authorised signatory
Payment evidence can include one of the following types:
- Pay slips
- Taxation Records of Assessment (bearing company and applicant name)
- Bank Statements showing at least two salary payments, your name and the employer’s name
- Employment-linked insurance / superannuation records (bearing company and applicant name).
Sole Practitioner / Self-employed:
If you are self-employed, you are advised to provide evidence of sole trading through official statements issued by your (registered) Accountants and/ or Legal teams. The statement from your accountant or solicitor must include the accountant’s or solicitor’s letterhead, your full name, how long you have been continuously engaged in the business, the nature of the business and the signature of the accountant or solicitor.
As sole trader, you are required to provide as much official and verifiable evidence as possible. This can include evidence of business activity statements, client testimonials, client invoices, bank statements showing regular income, official taxation evidence and your business registration details. Please note that testimonials should indicate as much information regarding your primary tasks and responsibilities in order to assist the skills assessment.
If you are nominating a managerial occupation, you must submit an organisational chart highlighting your duties and reporting lines. If you are unable to obtain an organisational chart from your employer, please provide a statutory declaration outlining the reasons why this information cannot be provided.
Other Supplementary Employment Evidence:
In addition to the above, other supplementary employment evidence may include:
- License or Registration documents and details of the requirements for obtaining the license or registration
- Evidence of professional development completed during applicant’s employment
- Prizes/Certificates or other forms of commendation
Statutory Declarations and Affidavits:
Please note, in order for VETASSESS to consider the contents of a Statutory Declaration for skills assessment purposes, the statutory declaration (or equivalent legal document) must be properly executed by the appropriate legal professional(s) in the country of origin. Applicants may need to seek appropriate legal advice as to how this is carried out in the country of origin.
Statutory Declarations should provide any information you are unable to supply through official documents such as, for example, a description of the tasks associated with a particular period of employment. Please note that skills assessments cannot be conducted based on the contents of a statutory declaration or affidavit alone. VETASSESS will require a range of official employment documentation as evidence to support of any claims made through the use of statutory declarations. Examples of the range of employment evidence that may be produced by applicants include official taxation documents, signed contract documents, appointment letters and official job descriptions.
6. Resume / curriculum vitae
If applying for a formal skills assessment, we encourage you to submit a CV as it may benefit the assessment process. A resume/ CV allows you to outline both your academic studies (describing the major focus of your studies including providing details of any major projects undertaken as part of course requirements) as well as describing your employment/ career history in your own words.
Do I need to submit original or certified documents as part of my evidence?
If applying online, you’ll need to upload and submit high quality colour scans of proof of identity, qualification and employment documents. If you’re submitting the documents by mail, please provide high quality colour copies of the required documents along with the signed and completed application form.
Is there an exam or interview for the assessment?
As part of the assessment process, VETASSESS may contact you to clarify information in the application, and to discuss your occupational skills. No additional charge will apply for a technical interview.
Will the assessment require English language skills such as IELTS test results?
You are not required to provide evidence of English language proficiency for a skills assessment application with a nominated general professional occupation. However, for information about DIBP’s English language proficiency requirements, please visit the DIBP website.