Provisional Skills Assessment

A Provisional Skills Assessment is for applicants intending to apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). This is only available for the Child Care Centre Manager occupation.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree (or higher qualification) also have access to the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa, which does not require applicants to obtain a skills assessment.

From 1 July 2024, the eligibility age for individuals applying for a subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa will change from 50 years old to 35 years old (inclusive). For any questions about these changes and how they may impact visa applications, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

Am I eligible?

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) early childhood education and care qualification, awarded by a CRICOS RTO/Institution
  • For individuals that hold the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113, evidence of at least 240 hours (40 days) supervised work placement completed in an Australian workplace as part of your qualification, or
  • For individuals that hold the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121, evidence of at least 280 hours (47 days) supervised work placement completed in an Australian workplace as part of your qualification
  • evidence that you meet the subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa eligible age requirement.

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

How to apply for a Provisional Skills Assessment

Step 1 - Read the Provisional Skills Assessment Application Guidelines.

After reading the guidelines, 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.

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.


Step 2 - Prepare the required supporting documentation for your application.

You will be asked to provide certified colour copies of the following documents:

Any documents in a language other than English will need to be translated. Certified colour copies of both the original and translated documents will need to be provided. For further information on how to certify your documents please refer to the certifying documents information sheet.


Step 3 - Submit online application and make payment

This application will take about 40 minutes to complete. During the application, you will be asked to provide supporting documents. Please upload your documents using links provided in the online application. All files submitted of scanned documents must be at a high resolution and appropriately titled. We are unable to assess your application until all the required information and documentation have been provided.

At the end of the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.

Are you submitting an application on behalf of someone else?

Our online application portal requires applicants to register before submitting their application. The registration process involves the applicant providing their email address, the system will then email the applicant their login details. As such, if you are a migration agent wanting to submit an online application on behalf of a client, you must use the client’s email address and ask them to check their email and provide you with the login code.

Launch online application

What happens to my application?

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 undertakes routine checks to verify the information provided in your application and conducts thorough checking of submitted documents. We will notify the relevant Australian Government Department and law enforcement agency where we have reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.

Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles which are set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and our privacy policy.

How do I receive my outcome?

Once your application has been assessed we will notify you of the outcome of your application by email.

If your application is successful, you will be able to submit your skills assessment as part of your 485 visa application. Note: a successful skills assessment does not guarantee your visa will be granted.

If your application is 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.