To apply for a visa to Australia, you may be required to undergo a skills assessment to demonstrate that you have the necessary qualifications and work experience for a specific visa. These assessments are issued by competent authorities, known as skills assessing authorities, that verify whether your skills meet the requirements for employment for a particular occupation. Some visa subclasses (and streams) require a suitable skills assessment; for others, an assessment may be requested.
The skilled occupations are organised into four occupational lists, and almost each has its independent method of determining authority. Therefore, the specific skills assessment process you will need to follow will depend on the visa you are applying for and your occupation.
Each assessing authority has its procedures, timetables, and fees. In general, you will need to provide evidence of your qualifications, work experience, and English language skills. You may also be required to undergo a formal assessment by a relevant assessing authority.
It is important to note that the skills assessment process can be complex and may take some time to complete. Thus, it is better to seek the assistance of a registered migration consultant, such as the registered MARA agents at Deriva, to help you navigate the process.