Provisional Skills Assessment

ACECQA completes provisional skills assessments for the purposes of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) only. This is also only available for the Child Care Centre Manager occupation.



To be eligible to apply for a Child Care Centre Manager provisional skills assessment for the purposes of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) you must have:

  • an ACECQA nationally approved diploma (or higher) education and care qualification, awarded by a CRICOS RTO/Institution
  • evidence of at least 240 hours (40 days) supervised work placement completed in an Australian workplace as part of your qualification.

To assist with the transition of ACECQA becoming the new Assessing Authority for the Child Care Centre Manager occupation, there is a separate application process for individuals who have recently completed step one (provisional skills assessment) of the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Job Ready Program (JRP) under the nominated occupation of Child Care Centre Manager. Further information on this process is available here.

ACECQA’s NQF approved qualifications list is available on our website. 

If you are concerned that you may not be eligible, 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

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

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 documentation 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 Department of Home Affairs, other relevant Australian Government Departments and law enforcement agencies where it has reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.

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


After an assessment

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

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.