If you planning to move to Australia as Skilled migrant, most probably you will need undertake an assessment of your skills. Basically, The General Skilled Migration program is aimed to attract highly skilled workers. Based on the authorities need, they invite professionals whose profession is listed on the Skilled Occupations List to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Skill select, which enables Australian immigration officials to evaluate your profile.
You may need to have your skills assessed by the relevant assessing authority. The list of eligible skilled occupations states which assessing authority is appropriate for each occupation. One of those assessing authority is VETASSESS Australia’s leading vocational education and training assessment provider. VETASSESS assess 29 trade occupations and more than 350 professional occupations from various industries, they review many popular occupations under General Occupations, such as: Marketing Specialist, Property Manager, Conference and Event Organiser and Customer Service Manager.
Recently they published on their website great tips for applicants:
1. Find the right occupation for a skills assessment – this part can be challenging. Your skills will be assessed against Australian standards for the occupation you nominate, which measure these key points:
- your qualifications (level).
- your work experience, including.
- the time you have spent working in your role (career progression).
- how your qualifications and employment experience interact, or collectively, meet criteria for the occupation.
2. Identify your job category. Be aware that your qualifications and how you perform the job may differ from how Australian industries operate even though it’s the standard in your home country. VETASSESS will assess your employment roles against the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), which lists the benchmark qualifications, employment and the expected skill level required for each occupation.
Don’t underestimate the requirements of your occupation category – for example for some occupations, it’s not enough to only have practical experience or to have worked in a senior role in an occupation if you don’t hold the required qualification level specified in VETASSESS criteria.
3. Don’t despair if you don’t meet the exact criteria for an occupation. You may have other options. VETASSESS assess more than 350 professional occupations from various industries. Although you may hold the position of a scientist in your current job, you might not meet the qualification level criteria Australia requires. However, you may be able to apply as a skilled migrant in another category, such as at the technician level.
4. In many categories of occupation, your major field of study must not only relate to your occupation but be assessed “highly relevant”.
As an example, the role of dental hygienist requires highly relevant qualifications in the area of dental hygiene, dental hygiene therapy or oral health therapy. Studies and employment in dentistry or dental surgery cannot be assessed positively for this occupation because they are not considered highly relevant to current Australian industry standard practice.
5. Be certain about your primary employment role. This must relate primarily to your nominated occupation for skills assessment purposes. You might perform several roles in your organisation, but you need to have worked in the role of your nominated occupation and performed tasks at the required skill level of that occupation as it is outlined in ANZSCO.
6. Ensure your employment experience is highly relevant to your nominated occupation. Applicants can make the mistake of assuming that because they have worked in a particular job in their industry, they could easily perform another role in that industry.
You possibly could do the job, but for skills assessment purposes, you need to demonstrate that you have actually performed the job and at the skill level required.
7. Ensure you can prove your level of seniority. VETASSESS will look for evidence of your position within the organisations where you have worked. Can you demonstrate your scope of responsibility and level of authority in the work you have performed? Where do you sit within the organisational structure? Is this shown on an organisational chart you can provide? For assessment of VETASSESS managerial occupations and some additional ones require an organisational chart. The types of proof VETASSESS require may also include evidence of projects you have been involved in.
8. Understand the combination of qualification and employment that you will need before you apply. This is where applicants can easily go wrong by applying when they only meet some of the criteria.
For example, in some of the occupations VETASSESS require a Bachelor degree, you can apply with a:
- Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree (or higher degree) with a highly relevant field of study and at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment performed at the appropriate skill level in the last five years.
- Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree (or higher degree) with an additional qualification assessed at the level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma level in a highly relevant field of study and at least two years of post-qualification highly relevant employment performed at the appropriate skill level in the last five years.
- Qualification(s) assessed at AQF Bachelor degree (or higher degree) without a highly relevant field of study and at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment performed at the appropriate skill level in the last five years.
Be aware that the above level of assessments considers your work experience after you gained your Bachelor degree level qualification, but you can also apply with pre-qualification employment and there are different rules around this.
9. If you are self-employed, you will have to provide evidence of this such as documentation from your accountant and business registration details. Other evidence may includes bank statements showing you have received regular income from your self-employment, taxation evidence, contracts, client testimonials and evidence of projects.