Skills Assessment Pilots

The Australian Government has introduced three pilots to maximise the contribution of Australia’s onshore migrant workforce and help fill shortages of skilled labour in priority occupations.

The Skills Assessment Pilots will benefit around 9,500 onshore migrants who will be able to access free, fast-tracked skills assessments, free employability assessments and subsidised training to improve their employment arrangements. This will help Australian businesses and industries address workforce pressures and support workforce participation for migrants.

  • Pilot 1 – Faster Migrant Skills Assessment started on 28 February 2022 and closed in June 2022. Applications are no longer being accepted for this Pilot.
  • Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants began 28 February 2022 and will continue until June 2023.
  • Pilot 3 – Employability Assessments will commence in September 2022 and continue until June 2023.

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For more information about the Skills Assessment Pilots, see below:

Pilot 1 - Faster Migrant Skills Assessments

This pilot offers fast-tracked skills assessments for onshore migrants who have already submitted and paid for an application in a priority occupation and are awaiting an outcome.

This Pilot finished on 17 June 2022 and is closed to new applications. 

Pilot 2 - Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants

This pilot offers onshore migrants who reside in Australia on a family, partner, humanitarian or refugee visa with a free, fast-tracked skills assessment. This pilot is available to migrants who have never undergone a skills assessment and who have skills, qualifications and/or experience directly relevant to a priority occupation. A full list of priority occupations is linked below.

Applicants who receive a suitable outcome in their assessment can use this to improve their employment options in their nominated occupation, through improved employer confidence that the applicant has the skills necessary for working in an Australian workplace.

Eligibility Criteria for Pilot 2

You may be eligible if you:

  • have not previously undergone a skills assessment for the nominated occupation,
  • are residing in Australia at the time you submit your skills assessment application, and
  • are in Australia on an eligible family, partner, refugee or humanitarian visa that was granted on or after 1 January 2016.

How can I apply for Pilot 2?

If you are interested and believe you may meet the eligibility criteria, please contact the Assessing Authority that assesses the priority occupation you wish to work in.

Pilot 3 - Employability Assessments

This Pilot offers onshore migrants, who have previously received a suitable skills assessment in a priority occupation, with a free employability assessment and access to subsidised training to gain the specific skills required in the Australian job market.

Pilot 3 is aimed at improving employment outcomes for skilled migrants working below their skill level and support them to gain more secure work.

For more information on Pilot 3, see below:

Eligibility Criteria for Pilot 3

You may be eligible for Pilot 3 – Employability Assessments if you:

  • have received a suitable skills assessment outcome in a priority occupation from your relevant Assessing Authority on or after 1 January 2019 and have held it for a minimum of 12 months.
  • are seeking an employability assessment in the priority occupation for which you received a suitable skills assessment.
  • are in paid employment below your skill level at the time of submitting your Application Form to participate in the Pilot.
  • have worked a minimum of 40 hours per fortnight within the last month. This includes work you have performed with more than one employer.
  • are residing in Australia at the time you submit the Application Form.
  • are on an eligible permanent visa subclass.
  • are not registered as a job seeker or have an active referral with Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services or the Community Development Program.
  • have not previously completed or withdrawn from a Pilot 3 - Employability Assessment.

How can I apply?

Assessing Authorities may contact previous suitable skills assessment applicants in their database with an Introductory Information Pack and an Application Form.

If you are interested and believe you may meet the eligibility criteria, please contact the Assessing Authority that completed your suitable skills assessment.

More Information

If you would like more information on how to apply for the pilots, contact your occupation’s Assessing Authority.