Free skills assessment and improvement of employment outcomes for skilled migrants

The Australian Government is currently implementing two pilot programs to provide faster and cheaper assessments and improve the employability of migrants in Australia who are willing to work. These programs will help solve the problem of a shortage of critical skills.

One of the programs (Pilot Program 2) offers onshore migrants who reside in Australia on a family, partner, humanitarian, or refugee visa, granted on or after 1 January 2016, 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.

The assessment organization will check of the candidate’s skills, qualifications and work experience meet the standards required to work in this occupation in Australia. The result of the skills assessment will be provided within 15 working days from the date of documents submission.

Candidates with positive assessments can use them to improve their employability, giving employers more confidence in their skills.

If an assessment is negative, the assessment organization will provide information on training opportunities to help candidates gain the skills and experience they need for the Australian job market.

Another pilot program (Pilot Program 3) for 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.

The project is improving employment outcomes for skilled migrants working below their skill level and supporting them to gain more secure work. Participants who complete this pilot project can improve their employability and gain employment in a priority occupation where skill shortages are acute across Australia.

The Australian Government will pay 90% of the tuition fee, up to AUD 3,000 in total. Candidates will be required to pay 10% of the tuition fee (or any amount above the limit) if they agree to take this tuition.

If you are interested in projects and think you qualify enough, please contact the appropriate Assessing Authorities. For more information visit 

Both pilot projects will end in June 2023.

Learn more about skills assessment for skilled migration stream candidates, such as skilled visas or employer sponsored visas, in a special section of my website.

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