This video was sent to me by an SMG reader. It does a great job of going over how to assess your occupation for Australian immigration. It is very important that you assess your occupation correctly when getting your Australian visa.
Below I have summaries what 123 Migration cover in the video above.
Occupations are really important for any Australian work visa and we need to get three concepts sorted out before we start.
The first one is the ANZSCO which is a categorisation of your occupation. The next one is the
Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) of occupations in demand in Australia. And the last one is the assessment process where you overseas education and work experience is match to the occupation’s required education and experience in Australia.
Let’s start with the ANZSCO.
ANZSCO stands for the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. The government website in charge of this classification is the abs.gov.au and the best way to search for it is on Google. We recommend that you Google your occupation along with the ANZSCO term.
For example, in Google enter “ANZSCO accountant”. Select the “Unit Group of Accountants” on the abs.gov.au site in the search results. At the top of that page you’ll see “Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations”. This is the accountant occupation group and it gives the skill level required for this occupation. As you will see, for an accountant, the skill level requires a Bachelor Degree or higher. Also included are the tasks that this occupation would perform, the types of tasks, the different titles of the occupation and also a little more detail on the differences between those titles.
Take note of the codes attached to the occupations.
You’ll see the Accountant (General) has a code of 221111 and the Management Accountant is 221112. Every occupation in Australia has these codes. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is an important website because it gives you an outline of what is needed for the occupation you’d be applying for. This is especially important if you are looking for job sponsorship for Australia.
The ANZCO site outlines what skill level you need, what is required in terms of your education, whether you need a certificate, diploma or a Bachelor Degree and what type of experience is required.
It also outlines the task performed in that specific occupation. It is important that this matches your work experience.
The ANZSCO codes are important because these codes are what drive the skilled migration process as the Immigration Department of Australia will be looking at skill levels, task performed and titles based upon the ANZSCO.
The SOL and the CSOL lists of occupations in demand in Australia.
Firstly, occupations in demand obviously can change within Australia.
The SOL list is for occupations which are in high demand across all of Australia.
The CSOL list are the occupations that are not in high demand across all of Australia but possibly in demand across particular areas within Australia. For example, Western Australia might require engineers whereas, Tasmania or New South Wales may require farmers.
The CSOL list is a lot more diversified. It even includes skills that are required in regional areas. You’ll find that a state like Western Australia can demand a particular occupation. In fact, the different states and territories of Australia publish the occupations in demand on a separate list such as this one for The Australian Capital Territory.
On the CSOL list, there are specific demands for occupations within regions but not in high demand across all Australia like the SOL list. You’ll find that sponsorship opportunities are available for people with an occupation on the CSOL list. There are some independent visas too, however, you will need to be sponsored by either a state or a regional area.
Going back to the SOL list, these are high demand occupations. If your occupation is on the SOL list, you’ll certainly be able to work everywhere in Australia.
There are sponsorship opportunities for people on the CSOL and the SOL list. But, there are other sponsorship opportunities in particular regional areas where your occupation might not be on the SOL or the CSOL. There are different opportunities for different occupations.
Finally, let’s go over the assessment process.
Using the example of accountants which you’ll find on the Skilled Occupation List located on the border.gov.au website.
Getting your occupation assessed.
On the Skilled Occupation List you’ll see all the occupations down one side with ANZSCO codes. For Accountant, there are three assessment bodies whereas for a Primary Health Organization Manager there is only one assessing authority.
These assessing authorities determine your qualifications, education and experience and match them to the Australian Occupation requirements.
For the example of an accountant, let’s have a look at the ICCA as an assessing body. Click on the link and it comes up with the Chartered Accountants in Australia. You can find the migration assessment here. If we would click on that link, it would give us a rundown of the migration assessment, of how to apply and everything else you need to know.
The best way to research occupation for migration to Australia is on the web. This way, you can examine what criteria is needed for your particular occupation.
How to avoid the “Experience Trap”.
Something that needs careful consideration is your experience and getting your assessment.
Generally, they will only count your experience from the time you obtained your qualification to the current day or when you finished your work. Without your qualification, all of the experience prior to that is not counted.
Now, this isn’t for every case, of course and it is recommend that you get specific advice for your situation. But one of the main jobs of the assessment body is to determine what date you actually obtained your qualification.
The importance of your occupation and your Australian Migration options.
In summary, your occupation is important for your Australian Migration options. Your occupation needs to line up with an ANZSCO code. And this is connected with, not only the SOL and CSOL lists, but more importantly, the education level required for the occupation.
There are some important sites to check out.
Remember the Australian occupations lists change all the time but if you’re looking at the job outlook in Australia, those resources can really help you out making a decision.
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