Review of skills assessment process for migrant workers

The Australian Government is reviewing the skills assessment process for workers seeking to enter the country, and will develop new standards for skilled migration assessing authorities to raise the integrity, quality and timeliness of migration skills assessments.

The government is seeking views on draft best practice principles and standards to provide an aspirational, yet measurable, foundation upon which assessing authorities will be expected to deliver skills assessments.

This builds on observations identified through ongoing engagement within the assessing authority sector, findings from the recent Review of the Migration System and learnings from the Skills Assessment Pilots. The draft best practice principles and standards have been designed to ensure that skills assessments meet the needs of migrants, employers, industry, unions and Government.

This paper is seeking input in relation to skills assessments for migration purposes. The following is beyond the remit of this exercise:

  • The visa framework, migration regulations and policy settings for the various migration streams (Skilled, Family, Humanitarian). These are the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs and were the subject of theReview of the Migration System.
  • International mutual recognition of occupational licences from different countries (allowing the registration or licence holder from an international country to practice in Australia without undergoing separate registration/licencing).
  • Workplace relations policy as it pertains to migrants.

Full details and access to discussion paper and response link can be found here.