International Students studying the courses leading to these occupations and planning to get skill assessment no need to worry.
VETASSESS, Australia’s largest skill assessment provider for skilled migration, has announced a pause on its skill assessment service for many popular occupations, effective this week. In a recent news release, VETASSESS said it will no longer accept applications for skill assessment for those popular occupations starting from September 25, 2023. This temporary halt is aimed at enhancing efficiency in handling the high volume of applications it receives each day.
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In its note, VETASSESS mentioned, “In agreement with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA), we will not accept new applications for these occupations to enable us to manage the high number of applications more effectively.”
This pause will affect both Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 applications under the Overseas Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) and Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) programs. However, the Job Ready Program will remain unchanged. Applicants who have already submitted their skill assessment applications will continue to have their applications processed to obtain an outcome.
What is VETASSESS?
VETASSESS is an authorised organisation responsible for assessing the skills of prospective migrants. Anyone planning to apply for Australian permanent residency or a skilled visa for temporary skill migration programs needs to have their skills assessed. VETASSESS is recognised for assessing qualifications and work experience for migration purposes. With over 25 years of expertise, it assesses 28 trade occupations and over 360 occupations across various industries.
This action by VETASSESS will impact prospective applicants and students aiming to have their skills assessed in the following trade occupations:
- Chef, ANZSCO Code 351311
- Cook, ANZSCO Code 351411
- Diesel Motor Mechanic, ANZSCO Code 321212
- Motor Mechanic (General), ANZSCO Code 321211
- Fitter (General), ANZSCO Code 323211
- Electrician (General), ANZSCO Code 341111
- Metal Machinist (First Class), ANZSCO Code 323214.
What Happens Next?
The temporary pause in accepting new applications from VETASSESS does not mean that you cannot have your skills assessed for Chef, Cook, or other listed occupations. VETASSESS is one of the Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) authorized by Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) to provide skill assessments. There are other RTO providers available to conduct skill assessments for these occupations, and you can find more information on the TRA website.
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