Australian Skilled Migration Assessment Facts

Being a skilled worker increases your chances of migrating to Australia. But you have to satisfy the Australian skilled migration assessment before making your move Down Under.

The skills assessment will determine if your work experience and skills meet the standards set, and whether or not the visa application you lodged will be approved. A skill assessment is a requirement for skilled migration to Australia, especially if you apply as a graduate migrant, temporary graduate, employer-sponsored, or points tested visa.

The first thing you need to do is to identify if your occupation is classified as trade or general professional. Some examples of general professional occupations are archaeologists, botanists, chemists, drug and alcohol counsellors, economists, education advisors, faculty heads, food technologists, geologists, historians, intellectual property lawyers, project builders, teachers of English and other languages, and zoologists. Trade occupations, on the other hand, include air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, automotive electricians, bakers, bricklayers, carpenters and joiners, general electricians, hairdressers, metal fabricators, plumbers and welders. Once you determine if your occupation falls in either trade or general occupations category, you can start the skills assessment application process for skilled migration to Australia. The process differs from one occupation category to another.

Skilled Occupations Skill Assessment

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Check your Australian visa eligibility

To be eligible for Skills Assessment of General Professional Occupation, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
  • General Skilled Migration (GSM)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457)
  • Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
  • You meet the required educational level in your nominated occupation, whether post-secondary or higher education
  • You meet the required educational level in a field study highly relevant to your nominated occupation, if you apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)
  • You have employment experience relevant to your nominated occupation for at least one year, and obtained within the last five years.

Nominate an occupation

Nominating an application is part of applying for Australian skilled migration assessment. Choose one that is most relevant to your skills and qualifications. If you're unsure of what occupation to nominate, visit the ANZSCO website where requirements for occupations are provided.

Prepare required documents

Some of the documents you need to submit as part of your application are proof of identity, qualification evidence, employment evidence, and resume. All of which must be in English.

Trade Occupations Skills Assessment

Depending on the assessing body, you will require between 3-6 years of employment experience (including apprenticeship/training/college) in the evidence you provide. Required documents include your resume/CV, trade qualifications, training, awards or certificates, and work and financial records.   To find out more about Skilled Migration to Australia contact us at or call us on +44 (0) 131 625 6900 and ask to speak to our team of Australian Migration Agents in the UK. All our Australian Migration Agents are MARA approved Registered Migration Agent.   Ready to take the test? Find out if you are eligible to emigrate to Australia by filling in our free Australian visa assessment form. If you're eligible, one of our team will get back to you ASAP.

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