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Overview  

VETASSESS (Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services) is an Australian organization that conducts skill assessments for individuals seeking migration to Australia under various visa categories. They assess the skills and qualifications of applicants to ensure they meet the standards required for their nominated occupation in Australia. 

VETASSESS holds the authorisation for skill assessments across a wide array of occupations. Each occupation comes with its distinct set of assessing criteria. Reach out to us for further details and insights tailored to your specific occupation! 

What are common criteria for a VETASSESS skill assessment?  

The skill assessment requirement for each occupation may vary. However, below is the common criteria for 5 occupation groups.  

Group A (Construction Project Manager, Biotechnologist, University Lecturer, etc) 

  • Education Qualification: You must have a AQF Bachelor or Higher Degree with the highly relevant major fields of the occupation that you are nominating to.  
  • Working Experience: You are required at least 1 year of work experience post qualification and this experience must be highly relevant to the nominated occupation. The minimum working hours required per week is 20 hours per week.  

Group B (Marketing Specialist, Film and Video Editor, Liaison Officer, etc)  

There are four pathways to fulfill the assessment criteria for this group.  

  • Pathway 1: Bachelor or Higher Degree with highly relevant major field of study + 1 year work experience 

If you have completed at least bachelor’s degree with a highly relevant field of study, then you need a minimum 1 year of work experience highly relevant to the nominated occupation to be eligible for a positive skill assessment.  

  • Pathway 2: Bachelor/Higher Degree, not highly relevant major of study + AQF Diploma level with highly relevant major + 2 years of work experience 

If your higher education degree is not highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, then you must have completed at least a AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant major. Plus, you are required to have at least 2 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 3: Bachelor/Higher Degree, not highly relevant major of study, no AQF Diploma level with highly relevant major + 3 years of work experience 

If your higher education degree is not highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, and you don’t have an additional highly relevant qualification, then you are required to have at least 3 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 4: 6 years of work experience + Comparable bachelor’s degree AQF level  

Pre-qualification pathway can be considered for this group. This means that if you have 5 years of relevant experience AND one year of highly relevant experience (within the last 5 years), BEFORE you have completed a bachelor’s degree, then you may be still considered for a positive result on your skill assessment.  

Group C (Project Administrator, Civil Engineering Draftperson, Café/Restaurant Manager, etc) 

There are also four pathways to fulfill the assessment criteria for this group.  

  • Pathway 1: Diploma or Higher Degree with highly relevant major field of study + 1 year work experience 

If you have completed at least diploma degree with a highly relevant field of study, then you need a minimum 1 year of work experience highly relevant to the nominated occupation to be eligible for a positive skill assessment.  

  • Pathway 2: Diploma or Higher Degree, not highly relevant major of study + AQF Certificate IV level with highly relevant major + 1 years of work experience 

If your main degree is not highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, then you must have completed at least a AQF Cert IV level with a highly relevant major. Plus, you are required to have at least 1 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 3: Diploma or Higher Degree, not highly relevant major of study, no AQF Certificate IV level with highly relevant major + 2 years of work experience 

If your degree is not highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, and you don’t have an additional highly relevant qualification, then you are required to have at least 2 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 4: 4 years of work experience + Comparable Diploma degree AQF level  

Pre-qualification pathway can be considered for this group. This means that if you have 3 years of relevant experience AND one year of highly relevant experience (within the last 5 years), BEFORE you have completed a Diploma degree, then you may be still considered for a positive result on your skill assessment.  

Group D (Flight Attendant, Real Estate Agent, etc)  

There are also four pathways to fulfill the assessment criteria for this group.  

  • Pathway 1: Certificate IV with highly relevant major field of study + 1 year work experience 

If you have completed at least Cert III or IV with a highly relevant field of study, then you need a minimum 1 year of work experience highly relevant to the nominated occupation to be eligible for a positive skill assessment.  

  • Pathway 2: Certificate IV + not highly relevant major of study + no additional AQF highly relevant qualification + 2 years of work experience 

If your main certification is not highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, and you don’t have AQF qualification with a highly relevant major, then you are required to have at least 2 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 3: Certificate III, highly relevant major of study + no additional AQF highly relevant qualification + 3 years of work experience 

If your Cert III is highly relevant to the field of your nominated occupation, and you don’t have an additional highly relevant qualification, then you are required to have at least 3 years of work experience highly relevant to your nominated occupation.  

  • Pathway 4: 4 years of work experience + Comparable Certificate IV AQF level  

Pre-qualification pathway can be considered for this group. This means that if you have 3 years of relevant experience AND one year of highly relevant experience (within the last 5 years), BEFORE you have completed a Certificate IV with highly relevant study, then you may be still considered for a positive result on your skill assessment.  

Discuss with our Migration Agents to learn which pathways you are eligible for. Contact us today on 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form! 

How to apply for a Skill Assessment VETASSESS 

To apply for a Skill Assessment with VETASSESS, follow these general steps: 

  1. Check your Professional Occupation: Review the VETASSESS website to ensure your occupation is listed and that you meet the eligibility criteria for the occupation that you are nominating. 
  2. Gather Documents: Collect all necessary documentation. This typically includes identity proof (passport, National ID Card), educational qualifications (degree, academic transcript), employment evidence (employment contract, payslip, bank statement…), resume and any additional documents relevant to your occupation. 
  3. Online Application: Visit the VETASSESS website and create an account. Fill out the online application form accurately, providing detailed information about your qualifications, work experience, and other relevant details. 
  4. Submit Documents: Upload all required documents as part of your application. Ensure that these documents meet VETASSESS’ specified requirements regarding format, content, and authenticity. 
  5. Payment: Pay the application fee, which varies depending on the occupation and assessment type. Payment methods are usually available on their website. 
  6. Assessment Process: Once the application is submitted, VETASSESS will review your qualifications and work experience against the requirements for your nominated occupation. They may contact you for further information or clarification if needed. 
  7. Outcome: You’ll receive the assessment outcome, indicating whether your qualifications and experience meet the standards required for the nominated occupation in Australia. 
  8. Appeals or Feedback: If needed, there might be provisions for appeals or feedback in case of an unfavorable assessment outcome. 

Remember, each occupation may have specific requirements, so ensure you thoroughly understand the criteria and provide accurate information during the application process. 

Alternatively, contact us and our Migration Agents on 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form – We will help you throughout the process!  

What is the VETASSESS skill assessment fee?  

For Migration purposes, you must apply for the Full Skills Assessment. Below if the fees for 2023.  

  Apply from Australia (includes GST)   If you are not a resident of Australia for tax purposes (excludes GSR)  
Online Application   $1136.30  $1033.00 
Priority Processing Fee   $886.60  $806.00 

 If you need a skill assessment urgently, you may choose the fast-track assessing process. However, please note that the Priority Processing Fee will be added on the top of normal processing fee.  

FAQs

What Documents are Required for a VETASSESS Skill Assessment?

Typically, you’ll need identification documents, educational qualifications, employment evidence, English language proficiency test results (if applicable), and any additional documents specific to your occupation. 

How Long Does the VETASSESS Assessment Process Take?

The processing time can vary based on the occupation, the completeness of your application, and VETASSESS’ current workload. Generally, it can take 12 – 20 weeks to receive an assessment outcome. 

What Happens if my Skills Assessment VETASSESS is Unsuccessful?

If your assessment is unsuccessful, VETASSESS will provide reasons for the decision. There might be provisions for an appeal process or options to reapply after addressing the identified issues. 

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