Applying for a skills assessment in Australia

Learn more about assessment fees & approximate processing times with CA ANZ. Find out how you can review or appeal your skills assessment if necessary

Steps to apply

  • Check if your nominated occupation is on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Check if you need a skills assessment for your visa subclass and ensure you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by the Department of Home Affairs
  • Ensure CA ANZ is the assessing authority for your nominated ANZSCO occupation
  • Ensure you understand the CA ANZ assessment criteria  
  • Learn more about assessment fees and approximate processing times  
  • Ensure you have all the supporting documents in the right format  
  • Submit your application for qualification or combined skills assessment  
  • Appeal/review of your qualification and skilled employment 

Fees and Processing times



Processing Times

Qualifications only


AUS 1-2 weeks
O/S 2-3 weeks

Qualification only
Express Exclusive to Migration Agents


AUS 2-5 days
O/S 1-2 weeks

Combined assessment (qualification AND skilled employment)


3 weeks

Skilled Employment - standard


2-3 weeks

Skilled Employment - express


1-2 weeks

Reviews (qualification OR skilled employment)


1-2 weeks

Review (combined qualification AND skilled employment)


1-2 weeks


Apply now for qualification or combined skills assessment

Please ensure you submit completed application form and supporting documents.

How do we process your application?

  • You can appoint a Migration Agent to submit your skills assessment on your behalf. It is at your discretion if you wish to use a migration agent or not. You are required to submit the Third-party Authorisation Form to authorise, change or remove a migration agent details.  
  • It is important to include your email address on application as CA ANZ accounts are created with applicant’s unique email address.
  • You must submit all the required documents to support your application. Applications submitted with missing or incorrect documentation will delay the processing time and may result in an unsuitable outcome.
  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email from CA ANZ with a reference number and tax invoice/receipt of payment.
  • If payment of assessment fee is declined, you will receive an email from CA ANZ with a tax invoice to make an online payment. You must submit the receipt of payment by return email so CA ANZ can proceed with your application. 
  • CA ANZ will complete a preliminary assessment of your application and then advise you of any outstanding documentation or information that may be required. CA ANZ will only proceed with your application upon receipt of any outstanding documentation or information.
  • The processing time is calculated from the date the application is received, provided all required documents have been submitted. If you are required to provide further documentation, the processing time will commence once these documents have been received.
  • If you apply for a combined assessment (qualification and skilled employment), your skilled employment will only be assessed if your qualifications have been assessed as suitable.
  • At the completion of your application, CA ANZ will issue an outcome letter via email in secured PDF format which can be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs as evidence of your skills assessment.
  • Skills assessment outcome letters are valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of issue. After the expiry of the three (3) year validity period you may apply for a new skills assessment and pay the relevant assessment fee. Any such assessment would be based on the entry requirements at that time and would take into consideration any additional tertiary/professional qualification and skilled employment completed in the interim. Please ensure you provide a valid English Language Proficiency test report along with your qualification assessment application, including updates and additional ANZSCO code reviews. 
  • Due to the complex nature of the assessment process CA ANZ cannot advise if your skills assessment will be suitable until after your application has been finalised.
  • If you wish to withdraw your application, an administration fee of AUD$80 will be charged in all cases. However, if any preliminary work has commenced or the skills assessment has been completed, a refund will not be issued.
  • CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to the Department of Home Affairs and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded.  

Step 7 - Review (update)/Appeal

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