Migration skills assessment

Assessment of qualifications and employment experience for migration purposes.

Acecqa – The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority

An ACECQA Skills Assessment is for migration purposes only and is a separate application process to ACECQA’s qualification assessment function under the National Quality Framework (NQF). It is also separate to the application process for a Provisional Skills Assessment for the purpose of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

ACECQA is the approved Assessing Authority for the following occupations:

  • Child Care Centre Manager
  • Child Care Worker (Group Leaders only).

A Migration Skills Assessment is for applicants applying for a skilled migration visa for an occupation listed on the:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL) or
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List.

All current lists are available on the Home Affairs website.

It is a paper based assessment of your qualification/s and employment experience to determine comparability with Australian standards for a skilled worker in your nominated occupation.

If you require both a Skills Assessment and Qualifications Assessment under the NQF you do not need to submit two separate applications. You will just need to submit a skills assessment application and ACECQA will automatically complete both assessments. 


You are eligible to apply for a Skills Assessment if your nominated occupation is:

  • listed on the Skilled Occupations List on the Department of Home Affairs website with ACECQA as the relevant skills assessing authority
  • relevant to your qualification
  • relevant to your employment.

ACECQA does not complete skills assessments for the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher occupation. Please contact AITSL if you require a skills assessment for this occupation.

You must check with Home Affairs before submitting your application to ensure your visa pathway requires a skills assessment.

Assessment Standards

ACECQA assesses applications against the assessment standards set out in the below documents:

If you are concerned that you may not satisfy these standards, you can seek general advice about the application process and assessment standards before lodging your application. Please call 1300 422 327 or email the Qualifications Team at skilledmigration@acecqa.gov.au.

ACECQA is unable to answer questions or provide advice on migration, visa or points requirements, these questions must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

Applying for a Skills Assessment

Step 2

Prepare the required supporting documentation for your application


Step 3

Have your employers/referees complete the Employment Reference Template

Step 4

Complete your Employment Experience Template

Step 5

Begin online application and upload certified colour copies of requested documents

Final step

Pay and submit your online application



Assessment process

ACECQA will email you within 10 working days once your application has been received. We are committed to completing your assessment within 60 days from receiving all the information we require. If your application is missing information or documents, then the application process will be delayed.

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. ACECQA conducts thorough checking of submitted documents and will notify the relevant Australian Government Department and law enforcement agency where it has reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.

Further information on the assessment process is outlined in the Skills Assessment Application Guidelines and FAQ’s.

After an assessment

We will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. If successful, you will receive a certificate by mail. If unsuccessful, you will receive reasons for the decision.

If your application is successful, you will be able to contact the Department of Home Affairs to complete the relevant visa application process.

If you have additional evidence or believe that evidence provided with your application has not adequately been considered you can request a review of your Skills Assessment.