VETASSESS, the skill assessing body for general occupations on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) have announced important changes to their skill assessment processes and outcomes effective as of 1 January 2015. The changes affect all applications lodged on or after 1 January 2015 and have implications for prospective skilled migration and Employer Nomination Scheme applicants in terms of their work experience assessments.
From 1 January 2015 VETASSESS will introduce a ‘deeming date’ for qualifications and work experience. This is similar to the skill assessment process conducted by the Australian Computer Society for ICT occupations. The actual skill assessment criteria will remain the same. That is, applicants will need to hold a qualification assessed as comparable to the required educational level for their nominated occupation in a highly relevant field plus a requisite period of highly relevant employment experience at the required skill level.
| Skills Assessment
|The Skills Assessment criteria and the occupational groups (A-F) will remain the same. Applicants will need to hold a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the required educational level for their nominated occupation in a highly relevant field and one year of employment that is highly relevant and at the required skill level.Additionally, based on the applicant’s qualification and employment evidence provided within the last 10 years, VETASSESS will determine the date at which the applicant is deemed skilled based on closely related employment.|
| Revised FeeStructure and Application Forms
|In order to accommodate the changes being made our current fee structure has been revised to make it simpler and support the comprehensive service that will be provided for our applicants from 1 January 2015. The revised fee structure applicable from 1 January 2015 will be made available on our website on 12 December.|
|Additional support for applicants/agents||VETASSESS is also publishing information sheets on its website for frequently nominated occupations. These sheets will provide detailed information on our assessment criteria as well as specific requirements for these occupations to assist applicants/agents to lodge assessment-ready applications.|
|Processing time||Applications lodged from 1 January 2015 will be processed within 8-10 weeks provided that the applications are assessment-ready. Applications requiring additional documents, external advice or integrity checks may be delayed.|