VETASSESS Skills Assessment Checklist - Bansal Immigration

Home Affairs requires that you complete a migration skills assessment (to provide detailed information regarding their qualifications and employment history) from an assessing authority, to ensure you meet the Australian qualifications. To apply for residency, the GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION (GSM) visa is the most common visa programme for overseas professionals, managers, tradespersons, and international graduates in Australia

When migrating to Australia for a skilled occupation it is necessary to have a positive skill assessment. The first step in completing your skills assessment and lodging your application is to review the skilled occupation list and understand your occupations requirements. Once you have identified your occupation it is time to begin the skills assessment process. There are more than 20 skills assessment agencies, including Australian Computer Society (ACS), Engineer Australia (EA), CPA Australia, and VETASSESS.

  • Requirements

1)Know Your Occupation & Job Descriptions

To initiate skilled application process review the skilled occupation lists for your specific visa; 189 occupation list and 190/489 skilled occupation list. Below you will find two examples of nominated occupations and their job requirements.

*     Marketing Specialist – ANZSCO  225113

  • researching potential demand and market characteristics for new goods and services and collecting and analyzing data and other statistical information
    • supporting business growth and development through the preparation and execution of marketing objectives, policies, and programs
    • commissioning and undertaking market research to identify market opportunities for new and existing goods and services
    • advising on all elements of marketing such as product mix, pricing, advertising, and sales promotion, selling, and distribution channels

*     Customer Service Manager – ANZSCO  149212

  • providing direction and feedback to team members and assisting with recruitment
    • managing, motivating and developing staff providing customer services
    • planning and implementing after-sales services to follow up customer satisfaction, ensure the performance of goods purchased and modify and improve services provided
    • liaising with other organizational units, service agents and customers to identify and respond to customer expectations

 2) No English Language Requirement

One benefit of taking the VETASSESS skills assessment is that it does not require English language skills assessments such as IELTS test results. With that being said, most VETASSESS skill level qualifications do require post-secondary education.  
3) Work Experience Requirements

VETASSESS requires a minimum of 1 year post-qualification highly related work experience for General Occupations.

4) The 6 Different VETASSESS Groups

VETASSESS has 6 distinct groups for General Occupations. VETASSESS has categorized its general occupations into groups A, B, C, D, E, and F for assessment according to the indicative skill level on ANZSCO. The table below outlines the corresponding groups with their skill level but does not include group F due to it only having one occupation.

  ANZSCO Skill level  VETASSESS Occupation Group
Skill Level 1 Australian Bachelor degree or Master degree or Doctoral degreeGroup A or B

Skill Level 2 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Associate Degree or AQF Advanced Diploma or AQF DiplomaGroup C or E
Skill Level 3 AQF Certificate III (with additional years of employment) or AQF Certificate IVGroup D

Group Qualification Requirements

Group A

  • Qualification(s) assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • Employment before qualification will NOT be considered.

Group B

  • Qualification(s) assessed at Australian Bachelor degree or higher degree with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification, highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • If the degree is not highly relevant, but with a highly relevant Diploma and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • If without highly relevant qualification, at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
  • At least 5 years highly relevant employment before any qualification may be considered

Group C

  • Qualification(s) assessed at least AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years
  • If the AQF Diploma is not highly relevant, but with a highly relevant AQF Certificate IV, at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • If the AQF Diploma is not highly relevant, at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • At least 3 years highly relevant employment before any qualification may be considered
    Group D
  • AQF Certificate IV level, highly relevant, at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years;
  • AQF Certificate IV level, not highly relevant, at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • AQF Certificate III level, highly relevant, at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • At least 3 years highly relevant employment before any qualification may be considered

Group E

  • Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Diploma level with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
  • Employment before qualification will NOT be considered.

 Group F

Only one occupation in this group – 442111 Prison Officer

5) Documents of  Evidence for VETASSESS Assessment

  1. Identity documents:
    • Copy of current passport
    • One recent passport size photo (45mm X 35mm)
  2. Evidence of Qualification
    • Qualification award certificate
    • Academic transcript
  3. Employment evidence and updated CV 
    • Statement of Service from employers 
    • Payment evidence
    • Employment contracts

6)  VETASSESS Fees and Processing Time

 FeesProcessing time
Standard AssessmentAUD 968.0010 to 12 weeks
Priority ProcessingAUD 1628.0010 Business days

Role of VETASSESS?

  • VETASSESS is Australia’s leading vocational education and training assessment provider,
  • it provides skills assessments for General Professional Occupations as well as Trade Occupations.
  • VETASSESS reviews many popular occupations under General Occupations, e.g. Marketing Specialist, Property Manager, Conference and Event Organiser and Customer Service Manager.
  • VETASSESS conducts skill assessments based on post-secondary educational qualifications for nominated occupation categories under the General Skilled Migration program.

In case of complete qualification, but no certificate awarded?

In that case, you must obtain an official letter from the Academic Registrar’s Office of the institute awarding the qualification or student administration stating that you have completed all requirements for the award and that you are eligible to have the award conferred.

 If possible, indicate when the award will be conferred.

Duration a Skill Assessment take?

  • Usually, most assessments should be completed within six weeks.
  • However, the timeframe may be longer than this, in a minority of cases,
  • Currently qualifications which are not covered by the assessment guidelines in the Country Education Profiles published by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), and qualifications from Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China, may take longer to complete.
  • Applicants who have qualifications from Chinese or Pakistani institutions are required to arrange for their qualification documents to be sent direct from their institution to VETASSESS in a sealed envelope.
  • Applicants should apply to VETASSESS first and obtain a file number before arranging this.

Can VETASSESS meet my deadline?

VETASSESS will make every effort to meet your deadline, but can make no guarantee. 

CERTIFY Your documents?

Documents can be certified by anyone authorised to witness statutory documents, such as Justices of the Peace, a barrister or solicitor, a police officer, a Member of Parliament, dentists and pharmacists.

Having more than one qualification?

Not all the qualifications need to be assessed if you have more than one Qualification.

 In general, VETASSESS will only assess those qualifications necessary for applicant to meet the requirements of nominated qualification.

Completion of the Skill Assessment

After completion of the Skill Assessment process, applicant will be given a written statement by VETASSESS on the comparability of your post secondary qualifications to the Australian qualifications required for your nominated occupation.

Disagree with the outcome?

In case you disagree with the outcome of a Skill Assessment, you may lodge a request for a reassessment. For that provide a receipt of a written request from you and the payment of a reassessment fee.

Applications for reassessment must be lodged within 90 days of VETASSESS issuing advice to the applicant on the initial Skill Assessment.

Dissatisfied with reassessment?

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the reassessment, you may lodge an appeal. Appeal applications must be provided within 28 days of VETASSESS issuing advice on the reassessment outcome.There is a non-refundable fee and is subject to change without notice. The outcome of the appeal process is final. 

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