We want to help to get you working in Australia as soon as possible.
To ensure your application proceeds quickly:
- check your eligibility for your nominated occupation and country before applying
- submit the relevant application form - completed in full and with all required documentation.
Once you have submitted your skills assessment application form, there are four stages to the assessment program for Temporary (457) visas and Permanent migration and Optional Skills Assessment Service.
The four stages of the assessment program are:
- Application review
- Documentary evidence
- Technical assessment
- Assessment outcome.
Stage 1: Application review
Once you have submitted your visa skills assessment application, it will be reviewed by the Skills Assessment Team.
Stage 2: Documentary evidence
Evidence should be submitted at the time of application, but you may be asked to provide further evidence. You will be told at the time of the request what the time frame is.
Should further evidence be requested, the requested evidence must reach the office of Skilled Migration Assessment Services within the notified time frame.
Where documentation is received after the notified time frame, the application file will be closed. Applicants would then need to restart their visa skills assessment process.
Stage 3: Technical assessment
Non-licensed trade assessments require a technical interview and/or a practical skills demonstration.
We can conduct your technical interview at one of our in country partner locations via secure webcam, or you can attend one of our assessment centres for a practical skills demonstration.
The assessors are employed by Victoria University (VU) or our partner institutions in other States.
Technical assessment locations
Technical assessments can be conducted in various locations in each State and Territory of Australia.
Nominated countries with offshore assessment
- China – Hong Kong and various mainland locations
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
*Note the list of countries corresponds to the sites at which we are approved to offer our skills assessment services under the 457 Skills Assessment Program or Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP). If you hold a passport from one of the nominated countries and are eligible for a skills assessment, you can apply to VU as long as you can travel to one of the above sites for a technical assessment.
If you hold a passport from a country that is not one of the nominated countries eligible for the OSAP, please contact Victoria University directly to discuss the possibility of an assessment under OSAP.
Interviews will be conducted in English and no interpreters are allowed to be present.
Practical assessments are only mandatory for licensed trades (plumbing, electrical and air-conditioning). In this case you will need to attend an onshore practical assessment session in Australia or at one of our scheduled offshore assessments.
Stage 4: Assessment outcome
Successful applicants will receive:
- a TRA Outcome letter and
Certificate III - Australian Qualification for non-licensed trades,
- an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) for licensed trades.
The OTSR will allow applicants to apply to the relevant state/territory licensing regulator for a provisional license. This permit to work allows you to work under the supervision of a relevant qualified tradesperson.
If you are unhappy with the visa skills assessment process or were unsuccessful in your application, you can view the following policies:
Additional training at VU
If you need some extra training, other options available for license preparation training include:
These require an additional fee. Find a course at VU.
Please contact the Skilled Migration Assessment Services team if you require additional information about the skills assessment process.