A skills assessment is required for all independent skilled visas, some permanent employer-sponsored visas and the graduate work stream of the temporary graduate visa.
The assessing authority that assesses your skills for migration purposes will depend on the occupation you are applying under. The Department of Home Affairs has appointed an assessing authority for each occupation on its occupations lists.
Skills assessments issued by assessing authorities for the purpose of visa applications will usually be valid for three years, unless the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period.
The three-year validity period for skills assessments aligns with the three-year validity period for English Language tests accepted by the Department of Home Affairs for skilled and work visas.
Your skills assessment must be valid at the time you lodge your visa application for the following visa types:
- Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa;
- Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa; and
- Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.
Your skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply for a visa through SkillSelect for the following visa types:
- Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visa;
- Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visa; and
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.
Some skills assessment assessing authorities, such as the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), have a shorter validity period for their skills assessments. Result letters from these bodies are valid for 24 months from the date of issue.