Frequently asked questions

What is my overseas qualification equivalent to in Australia?

There are many organisations that assess overseas qualifications for different purposes in Australia. There are different organisations that can assess your overseas qualification depending on if you need an assessment for migration, work or to study. See the answers to the questions below. Most people do not need a qualification assessment from us.
 

I want to migrate to Australia. How do I get my skills and overseas qualification assessed?

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for all migration enquiries. Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website for contact details.
 

I want to work in a specific occupation and there are registration, licensing, professional membership or industry requirements. How do I get my overseas qualification assessed to work in this occupation?

Occupations that require specialised knowledge and skills in Australia have registration, licensing, professional membership or other industry requirements that must be met before you can start working.
 
We do not assess qualifications for these purposes because in Australia, there are authorities responsible for these occupations. Information on occupational requirements and responsible authorities can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Australian Skills Recognition Information. If you have difficulty identifying the relevant authority for your occupation, contact us.
 
If you have been referred to us by a professional membership body, registration body or licensing body to have your overseas qualifications assessed please contact us.
 

I want to work in a trade. How do I get my overseas qualification assessed to work in a trade?

Several organisations assess overseas trade qualifications for licensing and employment in Australia.
 
Trades Recognition Australia is part of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and offers the Trades Recognition Service for some trades.
 
Some states also offer trade recognition services:
 
For all state and territory licensing authorities, see Licence Recognition.
 

I want to apply for a job but I would like to help my prospective employer understand what level my overseas qualification is in Australia. What can I do?

Where employment in an occupation does not require registration, licensing, professional membership or industry requirements, it is up to each individual employer to decide if your overseas qualification(s) and/or skills are appropriate for the job and how they evaluate them.
 
A qualification assessment for general purposes may help your employer understand the level of your overseas qualifications to help them decide to employ you.
 
State and territory government Overseas Qualifications Units (OQU) do qualification assessments of overseas qualifications for general purposes for Australian citizens and permanent residents. This service is usually free. Contact your local OQU.
 
There is no OQU in New South Wales (NSW). If you live in NSW you can apply to us to have your overseas qualification assessed.  See Qualification Assessment for information on our assessment service and how to apply.
 

An employer has told me that I need to get an assessment from you for my overseas qualification to apply for a job with them. How do I get this?

If you have been referred to us by an employer or other organisation to have your overseas qualifications assessed, please contact us with the details of the organisation that referred you.
 

A state/territory government Overseas Qualification Unit has referred me to you to get an assessment. How do I do this?

We do qualification assessments to help people find a job where the job does not have registration, licensing, professional membership or industry requirements. If you decide that a qualification assessment from us can help you look for general employment, please visit Qualification Assessment for information on our assessment service and how to apply.
 

I live in NSW and there is no Overseas Qualifications Unit. How can I get my overseas qualification assessed?

We do qualification assessments to help people find a job where the job does not have any specific registration, licensing, professional or industry requirements.  If you decide that a qualification assessment from us can help you look for general employment, please visit Qualification Assessment for information on our assessment service and how to apply.
 

I want to study in Australia. How can I get my overseas qualification assessed to study?

Australian education institutions are responsible for assessing overseas qualifications for admission to study their programs. Contact the institution you wish to study at. Contact details for Australian education institutions can be found at Study in Australia.
 

How do I apply for a Department of Education and Training qualification assessment for general purposes?

See Qualification Assessment for information on how to apply for our qualification assessment.
 

How much does your qualification assessment cost?

There is a cost to our qualification assessment service. See Qualification Assessment for information on our fees.
 

How long do you take to do a qualification assessment, and can I fast-track my assessment?

A qualification assessment can take up to three months. We do not fast-track assessments. Assessments are done in the order we receive them. 
 

What documents do I need to submit to have my overseas qualification assessed by you?

We require a number of documents to do an assessment. See Qualification Assessment for the documents we require to do an assessment.
 

How do I submit my documents for an assessment?

There is a specific process for submitting your documents for an assessment. See Qualification Assessment for information on this process. 
  

I can’t login to the Country Education Profiles, what should I do?

If you are experiencing login issues or other technical issues, contact us with a description of the problem.
 

How do I subscribe to the Country Education Profiles?

For information on how to subscribe, subscription options and fees see Services for Organisations.
  

I am overseas (or going overseas). How do I get my Australian qualification verified and/or authenticated?

Overseas governments sometimes need proof that Australian documents are genuine before they will accept them. Qualification documents can be authenticated by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT Smart Traveller has information and advice about the procedures for authentication.
 
If you need verification that you have studied at an Australian institution, contact the institution where you studied directly. Australian institutions also offer verification services to third party enquirers. Contact details for Australian education institutions can be found at Study in Australia.
 
We can provide information about the status of an Australian institution and information about an Australian qualification to third parties (such as prospective employers). If you require this, contact us.
  

How do I have my Australian qualification recognised overseas?

It is the responsibility of the relevant authority in the overseas country to recognise your Australian qualification. Many of these authorities are listed on the ENIC-NARIC website. If the country you are in is not listed, contact the relevant government body such as a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education who can provide you with advice.
 

I work in an organisation involved in policy and am seeking more information about the Australian education system and/or qualifications recognition in Australia.

Please contact us.