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VETASSESS – Update 1 July 2017 changes

VETASSES has updated its website following the 1 July 2017 changes.

Following the changes to the occupation lists, VETASSES advises that it is no longer the assessing authority for the following occupations:

  • Acupuncturist (ANZSCO Code 252211)
  • Orthotist/ Prosthetist (ANZSCO Code 251912)
  • Community Worker (ANZSCO Code 411711)
  • Youth Worker (ANZSCO Code 411716)
  • Welfare Centre Manager (ANZSCO Code 134214)

Further changes are outlined on the VETASSESS website, including:

  • information for applicants whose occupations have been removed from the lists
  • TradeSet updates
  • cooks and chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan
  • closure of the Optional Skills Assessment Service

The 457 Skills Assessment Program

You will need to apply for a skills assessment under the 457 Skills Assessment Program if you:
  • hold a passport from one of the nominated countries or Special Administrative Regions (SARs) in the table below; and
  •  are seeking a skills assessment in any of the following occupations in the table below.
​457 Occupations ​457 Nominated Countries And SARs
  Automotive Electrician [321111] Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Baker [351111] China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Cabinetmaker [394111] Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Carpenter [331212] Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, ​India, Macau SAR, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Carpenter and Joiner [331211] ​Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Chef [351311] ​Bangladesh*, ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Nepal*, Pakistan*, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Cook [351411] Bangladesh*, ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Nepal*, Pakistan*, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Diesel Motor Mechanic​ [321212] ​Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Electrician (General) [341111] ​Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam
  Electrician (Special Class) [341112]​ ​Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam
​  Fitter (General) [323211] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  Fitter and Turner [323212]​ ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Fitter-Welder [323213] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Joiner [331213] ​Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Metal Fabricator [322311] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​  Metal Machinist (First Class) [323214] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Metal Fitters and Machinists (not elsewhere classified) [323299] ​​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Motor Mechanic (General) [321211] Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Panelbeater [324111] ​​China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
Pastrycook [351112]​ ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Sheetmetal Trades Worker [322211] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Toolmaker [323412] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
​Welder (First Class) [322313] ​Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

VETASSESS and the changes

What does this change mean for VETASSESS applicants?

If your nominated occupation isn’t affected by this reform, then you do not need to do anything. VETASSESS is continuing to process your Skills Assessment application as usual.

If your pending Skill Assessment application is significantly affected by this reform including removal from the list of eligible occupations, you will receive an email from VETASSESS in the coming days outlining the available options.

If you are a potential applicant waiting to lodge a Skills Assessment application through VETASSESS, please refer to the most current list of eligible occupations at www.border.gov.au. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have nominated the correct occupation for the purposes of a skills assessment for the available visa category.

Extract: https://www.vetassess.com.au/home/news-and-updates

 

ANMAC Accepts TOEFL iBT® Scores

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) now accepts TOEFL iBT® scores to fulfill their English language proficiency requirement for skilled migration.

To meet the requirement, applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 on the TOEFL iBT test and the following minimum scores in each section:

  • Listening – 24
  • Reading – 24
  • Speaking – 23
  • Writing – 27

More information about registration and test center locations can be found atwww.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register.

Engineers Australia – China signs to Washington Accord

Engineers Australia have announced that China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2nd June 2016.

Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

Whilst CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited courses is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.

ANMAC – English language test changes 1 JULY 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council has announced changes to English language requirements for skills assessments from 1 July 2016.

The changes will accept an increased testing providers and allow the results from more than one test to be used within specific guidelines.

The following tests and attempts will be accepted from 1 July 2016:

IELTS (Academic module)
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

OET
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant:

a) is tested in all four components in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below C

PTE ACADEMIC Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 65 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any of the four communicative skills is below 58

TOEFL iBT Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 AND the following minimum score in each section of the test:  24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing & 23 speaking

ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting, OR a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum total score of 94 in each sitting AND
b) no score in any of the sections is below:
– 20 listening
– 19 reading
– 24 writing
– 20 speaking

MIA Notice No 49:2016