Important Announcements

October 13, 2015

1. Paper Based applications

Applications for a standard Migration Skills Assessment will have to be lodged online only. Should an applicant not have access to the necessary technology, please contact us.

2. Accredited Qualifications

To be eligible for an assessment under the accredited qualifications pathways, you must hold a fully accredited qualification.

For the accredited Australian Engineering Qualifications, please refer to the lists of Australian accredited qualifications available on our website.

Find out more about Engineers Australia Accredited Engineering Qualifications

For overseas qualifications, you will need to determine if the country of origin of your qualification is a full signatory of the Washington, Sydney or Dublin accord, and refer to the list of accredited courses provided by the relevant signatory body. The full list of signatory organisations is available on the website of the International Engineering Alliance.

Holders of non-accredited qualifications will need to submit a competency demonstration report.

3. Assessment services associated with DIBP's points test

These will assist in the subsequent claiming of DIBP points as part of the overall migration application - see this information on the points test:

a. Standard Assessment Service

  • the standard assessment outcome will include an opinion on the comparable relevant Australian level qualification to the client's overseas qualification used in support of the assessed outcome.

b. Additional Assessment Services (Check appropriate box and fee payment on relevant application form)

  • where an overseas PhD engineering degree is held, which may not necessarily need to be considered in the assessment process to provide the nominated outcome, then an additional assessing service is available to provide an opinion on the qualification as comparable to an Australian PhD.

  • for those who have at least 1 year Australian work experience, and / or at least 3 years Overseas work experience in their nominated occupation or a closely-related occupation, then an additional assessing service is available to provide an opinion on the skilled employment claims. High-level evidence will be required to support any claim of work experience as well as completion of this form.

See Section D of the MSA Booklet for details.

Clients who already hold an assessment outcome- and have NOT yet applied to DIBP may seek the additional services as above. However, please note the following:

  • If the initial assessment was through a paper based application:
    In these cases, you will need to seek an updated assessment outcome by returning the ORIGINAL outcome letter, completing the relevant part(s) of the Admin Fee payment form, making the additional fee payment, and including the necessary supporting documentation. Note that all the follow ups to your updated outcome letter will be paper based and your new updated letter will be posted to you.

  • If the initial assessment was through online submission:

Please contact us via regarding your individual case.

4. Work Experience

The following conditions for the assessment of Work Experience as an additional service are to be noted:

  • work experience must be relevant to the assessed outcome, in terms of occupation and engineering category

  • work experience cannot be claimed before completion of the applicable qualification

  • work experience should be paid at the market or salaried rate for engineering professionals. Clients receiving stipends, living allowances or scholarships will not generally be considered to be salaried

  • whilst 'full-time' work constitutes 20 hours per week or more, this must be regular employment and not include long periods of unpaid leave

  • in general, research activities undertaken as a PhD student, or work experience as a Research Assistant/Fellow whilst undertaking a PhD can not usually be assessed as relevant for this purpose    

  • the employment evidence as listed in MSA Booklet is crucial to the acceptance of any claimed work experience










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