There have been a number of changes made to the skills assessment process for Australian visa applicants in certain trades occupations, stemming from the announcement last week that VETASSESS have been removed as a Trade Assessing Authority.
However, while TRA (Trades Recognition Australia) remain the assessing body for tradespeople, they will be delegating assessing responsibilities to other bodies as a Registered Training Organisations (RTO) for certain occupations.
As a result, VETASSESS has since been appointed as an RTO for particular occupations in particular countries, as has Victoria University.
A full list of which occupations in which countries will be assessed by VETASSESS or Victoria University can be found here. However, see below for a quick summary of some of the most important details:
Occupations Removed from VETASSESS
The following occupations will now be assessed by TRA under the Skilled Worker Program criteria.
- Cable Jointer
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Small Engine Mechanic
Occupations Added to VETASSESS / Victoria University
The following occupations will now be assessed by either VETASSESS or Victoria University.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Electronic Equipment Trade Worker
Electrician (Special Class)
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Welder (First Class)
Applicants from the following countries must now use either VETASSESS or Victoria University when completing their skills assessment, if they have an occupation featured here.
- United Arab Emirates
- Only VETASSESS can assess Diesel Mechanics.
- Only Victoria University can assess Electricians (Special Class) and Aircraft Maintennace Engineers.
What other changes do applicants need to be aware of?
The VETASSESS self-assessment process has been renamed TradeSET and is now accessible online here, with the new requirement that all applicants will be asked to print off their completed self-assessment and submit it as part of their application.
On first appearances, it doesn't appear to be too different to the current self-assessment process. However, there are still a few issues with it; for example, a number of occupations are missing (such as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) and Sheetmetal Trades Worker).
New processes / fees
At the moment, there's some confusion as to what the process will be for when applicants come to complete a practical assessment. The FAQ on this page states that there will be the option of either completing a technical interview (at a cost of AU$1,400) or an interview and practical demonstration (at a cost of AU$1,500). However, it's still not clear whether UK applicants will be able to choose between which assessment method they proceed under or whether the country of residence will dictate the process.
- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.
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