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Who can assess my overseas qualifications

In Australia, the organisation that assesses your overseas qualification depends on why you need the qualification assessed. Most people do not need an assessment from AEI-NOOSR. The organisation that assesses your overseas qualification may use AEI-NOOSR information to assess your overseas qualification, but the organisation is responsible for making the final assessment decision. 

To study

Universities and other education providers assess overseas qualifications for admission purposes. AEI-NOOSR does not assess overseas qualifications for admission purposes. Contact the university or institution you want to study at for information about having your overseas qualification assessed.

For information about studying in Australia, see Study in Australia. This website includes information about courses, institutions, study and living costs, the application process, visa requirements, scholarships and more.

To work in a specific occupation

Registration, licensing or professional bodies assess overseas qualifications to work in specific occupations. AEI-NOOSR does not assess overseas qualifications for employment in an occupation with registration or licensing requirement.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection lists professional assessing authorities, professional registration/licensing authorities and industry bodies on the Australian Skills Recognition Information website. Contact the relevant professional assessing authority, registration/licensing authority or industry body for information about having your overseas qualification assessed.

You may be able to get financial assistance to help cover the cost of assessments or exams when having your overseas qualifications recognised for employment in a specific occupation. See ASDOT: financial support for overseas-trained professionals. 

To work in a trade

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) manages skills assessment services for Australian citizens, residents (both temporary and permanent) and migrants. See Trades Recognition Australia.

Australian Skills Recognition Information lists licensing/registration authorities by occupation.
These authorities may be able to recognise your overseas trade qualifications. 

To work in general employment

If there are no registration or licensing requirements for your occupation you do not need your overseas qualification assessed. However, an assessment may help your employer understand the level of your overseas qualification. 

The Australian state and territory Overseas Qualification Units (OQUs) can assess your overseas qualification. This service is free for Australian permanent residents or citizens and may be free if you are permitted to work in Australia. There is no OQU in New South Wales. If you are in NSW, you will need to apply to us. See Our assessments.

OQU assessments are based on information in Country Education Profiles Online. If the OQU cannot assess your qualification using this information, you may be referred to us. See Our assessments

To migrate

Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This website includes information about migration programs, including the General Skilled Migration Program. See Australian Skills Recognition Information for a list of professional assessing authorities for General Skilled Migration. AEI-NOOSR does not assess overseas qualifications for migration purposes.

In Australia, the organisation that assesses your overseas qualification depends on why you need the qualification assessed. Most people do not need an assessment from AEI-NOOSR. The organisation that assesses your overseas qualification may use AEI-NOOSR information to assess your overseas qualification, but the organisation is responsible for making the final assessment decision.