Provisional Skills Assessment

On 25 November 2021, the Australian Government announced certain concessions to support international graduates affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement included changes to the eligibility requirements for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. 

From 1 July 2022, international graduates will be able to apply directly to the Department of Home Affairs for the 485 visa and will not be required to undergo a qualifications assessment. For this reason, from Monday 16 May 2022, ACECQA will stop accepting provisional skills assessments for the 485 visa. Further information on changes to the 485 visa requirements is available here

If your visa is expiring before 1 July 2022 or if you have any questions, please contact us on 1300 422 327 or via email at

If you have a current open provisional skills assessment, please find further information below on the assessment process.

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.