If you plan to migrate to Australia and VETASSESS is your assessing body, this guide can help you relocate in 2023.
The PR visa process of Australia is complicated. Less than 1/3rd of the applicant who starts the process will end with success. And the majority of these files are rejected at the skill assessment stage.
VETASSESS is one skill assessment body to screen skilled labourers during their Australia Skilled Visa application process. Australia's Department of Home Affairs issues this visa as part of their General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa programme.
To ensure that your application with the VETASSESS is a success, you need to know the basics of the VETASSESS. In this blog we're going to discuss the top 5 facts about Australia's VETASSESS Assessment. We'll help you understand more about what it is, what it entails, and tips to help you breeze through the process.
VETASSESS Assessment Details
Before we start, If you're unfamiliar with the GSM visa process in Australia, it will help you get a little more information about all the programs in GSM and various assessments. And we're here to help.
Anyone emigrating to Australia looking for specialised work needs to pass the assessment. Once you take your assessment, it will be passed along to a professional agency specific to your chosen occupation.
The VETASSESS organisation deals with occupations such as customer service management, property management, event planning, and marketing.
Here are the top 5 facts and tips you need to know about your VETASSESS assessment.
1. Know Your Occupation and Job Descriptions
Before you begin your journey toward your GSM visa, you need to become familiar with how your job is coded. VETASSESS has two lists of occupations that individuals migrating to Australia need to consult when starting the assessment process.
The two lists are the 189 occupation list and the 190/489 occupation list. These lists contain the nominated occupations for the VETASSESS skills assessment. Each occupation will have a job title, ANZCO code, and a corresponding skills agency.
This helps applicants figure out their appropriate job code, as well as the organisation that will be responsible for processing their skills assessment and ensuing visa application.
Subclass 189 is a skilled visa specifically for individuals that apply. Subclass 489 is a Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa. This type of application is for individuals moving to Australia but have a relative who is an Australian resident.
Subclass 190 is for a Skilled Nomination Visa. This visa deals with jobs that are available for government sponsorship. If your job is in need within a particular Australian state or territory, the government can nominate you for a skilled visa.
If you're pursuing a subclass 190 visa, you'll need to check with your chosen state or territory to see if your job is in need. Each Australian state or territory will publish a list of the skills in demand in their local area.
You'll need to check with the state or territory regarding their application process, as well.
2. No Language Requirement
Specific job applications and certifications throughout Australia require you to be able to speak English. But, that's not the case for the VETASSESS assessment.
The skilled labour process is open to people wanting to migrate from all areas of the world. Naturally, you'll need some knowledge of the English language to perform your job duties well. It's also possible that the employer you choose might use your native language for office communication.
Although there's no English language requirement, you'll still need the proper training and certifications to move forward with your skills assessment. Most of the positions that require a skills assessment also require some level of post-secondary education.
Note: To file a visa application, you will need a language test.
3. Make Sure You Have Your Evidence Documents
Part of the VETASSESS assessment process is providing VETASSESS with the proper evidence documentation. VETASSESS will require three different types of documents from you when going for your skills assessment.
The first group of documents is your identity documents. VETASSESS wants you to provide a current copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo to prove your identity. The appropriate measurements for your photo are 35mm by 45mm.
The next set of documents that VETASSESS will require is documents that prove your qualifications. VETASSESS considers your qualification certificate and your academic transcript to be acceptable forms of qualification evidence.
Finally, VETASSESS will require you to provide documents to verify your work experience. They will also need an updated CV.
In addition to the CV, VETASSESS will accept Statements of Service from former employers and prior employment contracts. VETASSESS would also get evidence of payment from your employers. Any old payment stubs, income statements, or tax paperwork may help them determine your previous work experience.
4. Know Your VETASSESS Groups
The VETASSESS process groups occupations into six different skill level groups. The groups are lettered A through F. Each skill group corresponds with an ANZSCO skill level.
Groups A and B correspond with ANZSCO skill level 1. These occupations are open to anyone with an Australian Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral degree. But, each group has more detailed qualifications required of each applicant.
As mentioned above, Group A requires a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral degree. The applicant's degree must be in a highly relevant field of study related to the occupation they're applying for.
Applicants also need to have at least one year of highly relevant employment. This work experience needs to be completed post-qualification, needs to be in a position of comparable skill level, and needs to have been within the last 5 years.
Employment for Group A occupations will not be considered before an applicant passes the skills assessment.
Group B occupations require the same level of education and work experience. But, Group B jobs offer a little more flexibility. Applicants have some sort of recourse if their education or work experience isn't highly relevant.
If a person's degree is not highly relevant, VETASSESS will accept a highly relevant diploma and two years of work experience instead of one.
VETASSESS requires an AQF diploma and at least one year of relevant work experience for Group C jobs. The relevant work experience needs to be completed post-qualification and needs to be within the past 5 years.
If the AQF diploma isn't highly relevant to their occupation, they may substitute an AQF certificate IV. Two years of post-qualification employment at an equal skill level is also acceptable.
Group D occupations require either an AQF Certificate IV or AQF Certificate III. The certificates should be highly relevant. But, if they're not, applicants have the opportunity to supplement them with more work experience.
Three years of highly relevant work experience before qualification may also be considered.
Jobs in this group require a combination of AQF diploma level and relevant work experience. The amount of work experience will depend on the AQF diploma level.
Your relevant work experience needs to be completed within the last 5 years. Any employment experience before qualification will not be valid.
Group F is for the classification of one occupation all by itself. That occupation is a prison guard. The ANZSCO code for this occupation is 442111. Contact us if you'd like more information on what's required for this position.
5. Costs of Your VETASSESS Assessment
When you're applying to take your VETASSESS assessment, you'll also want to plan for the fees involved. The fees will change depending upon the skills assessment you choose to take.
A standard assessment will cost you AUD 968 and take 10 to 12 weeks to process.
If you need your assessment in a hurry, VETASSESS offers priority processing. But, priority processing will cost AUD 1628. The good news, however, is that you'll receive your assessment in 10 business days.
Skills to Pay Your Bills
The VETASSESS assessment is an essential part of finding employment in your new home. Australia offers excellent opportunities to its residents, new and old. You just need to prepare for the process and what it takes to land on your feet in your new job.
If you have any more questions about the VETASSESS assessment or need help getting started with the assessment process, contact us today. Getting you settled into your new home and your new job is our speciality.
We look forward to helping you grow and thrive.