Are you a visa holder looking to improve your chances of getting a job? A government run pilot program aims to provide greater opportunities for onshore migrants to join the workforce.

Do you know someone in Australia who is wanting to improve their chance of getting a job? They may qualify for a free, fast-tracked skills assessment if they are on an eligible family, partner, humanitarian or refugee visa that was granted on or after 1 January 2016 (see table below) and have experience in a priority occupation.

The Pilot 2 - Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants is an Australian Government program offering skilled migrants a fast-tracked way to gain employment in a job where there is strong demand for skilled workers. This pilot is available to migrants who have never undergone a skills assessment and who have skills, qualifications and/or experience directly relevant to a priority occupation.

Having your skills assessed through the Skills Assessment Pilots program will not affect any in progress or future visa applications. The only purpose of the free assessment is to enable you to contribute to the Australian workforce and help Australia's economic recovery from COVID-19.

Skilled migrants play a vital role in Australia's workforce. A successful skills assessment outcome letter can be used by skilled migrants to support job applications, giving employers confidence that the applicant has the skills needed for working in Australia.

Eligible Visas for Pilot 2 - Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants


Visa Sub-Classes

Family and partner visas

Adoption visa (subclass 102)

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)

Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)

Carer visa (subclass 836)

Carer visa (subclass 116)

Child visa (subclass 101)

Child visa (subclass 802)

Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)

Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (temporary) visa (subclass 461)

Orphan Relative (subclass 117)

Orphan Relative (subclass 837)

Parent visa (subclass 103)

Partner (Provisional and Migrant) visa (subclass 309)

Partner visa (subclass 100)

Partner visa (subclass 820)

Partner visa (subclass 801)

Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)

Interdependency (subclass 110)

Interdependency (subclass 814)

Designated Parent (subclass 118)

Designated Parent (subclass 859)

Refugee and humanitarian visas

Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)

Protection visa (subclass 866)

Refugee visas (subclass 200)

Refugee visas (subclass 201)

Refugee visas (subclass 203)

Refugee visas (subclass 204)

Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)

Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

Temporary visa for Ukraine and surrounding areas (subclass 786)

Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visas (subclass 449)

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