Questions and Answers
Assessment for Migration
Q1 Can AITSL help with migration and visa advice?
No, AITSL does not answer queries about migration to Australia or provide advice on visas. The Skilled Migration program is continually changing and adapting to Australia's economic needs. Up-to-date information about migration is on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. AITSL advises all prospective applicants to check the latest requirements for the Skilled Migration program before applying for an assessment.
Q2 I want to gain a successful assessment outcome. What course should I study?
AITSL does not provide advice on what programs of study to undertake to meet the requirements of this assessment. From time to time the AITSL assessment criteria are reviewed and updated to better reflect current Australian teaching standards. There is a risk that you may commit to a course of study to meet specific assessment criteria and find at the completion of your study the criteria have changed and the qualification is not appropriate. AITSL compares an applicant’s qualifications against the assessment criteria in place at the time they apply.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advises against making educational choices on the basis of hoping to achieve a particular migration outcome as the Skilled Migration program will continue to change.
Q3 What is the information used to assess overseas qualifications?
AITSL assesses overseas qualifications using the Country Education Profiles (CEP) which are produced and maintained by Australian Department of Education and Training, the Australian Government authority on the recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia.
In cases where a qualification is not covered by the CEP, other resources such as the UK National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) and university handbooks may be used.
Q4 What are the fees for skills assessment
The following fees apply to AITSL Assessment for Migration services
AITSL Skills assessment AUD635
Appeal of assessment outcome AUD635
Skilled Employment Statement (SES)* AUD215
Additional copy of assessment outcome AUD90
*A fee applies when a SES is requested after the issue of an assessment outcome or an applicant requests a previous SES to be revised/updated to include recent employment.
Q5 What qualifications can I use as part of my assessment?
Yes, AITSL can consider non-teaching higher education qualifications comparable to the educational level of an Australian Advanced Diploma (AQF6) as part of your skills assessment. This does not apply to your teaching qualification/s which must be comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree (AQF7) or higher.
Q6 What is an initial teacher education qualification?
This is the qualification required to teach in an early childhood (pre-primary school), primary or secondary school classroom. The initial teacher education qualification must involve at least one year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and be specific to the stage of schooling of the nominated occupation. The final academic transcript for the initial teacher qualification must include a program of professional studies in education including discipline-specific curriculum, pedagogical studies, general education studies and supervised teaching practice relevant to the age range of the students for the occupation you have nominated.
Q7 What is supervised teaching practice?
Supervised teaching practice is the compulsory component of an initial teacher education program during which time a student teacher is on a school placement and engaged in the teaching and learning process with school students. This teaching practice is under the supervision of a qualified teacher and university education staff and is formally assessed. A minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with the age range of the students relevant to your nominated occupation is required. University based teaching practice activities undertaken with fellow students and university staff will not be considered.
Q8 Does work experience count towards supervised teaching practice?
No, only supervised teaching practice undertaken with school students in a school setting as a requirement of the initial teacher education program will be considered.
Work experience as a teacher undertaken before or after the completion of an initial teacher education qualification is not considered as supervised teaching practice. This includes employment as a teacher while studying for an initial teacher education qualification as this teaching experience is not a compulsory part of the initial teacher education program.
Q9 I have not completed my qualification. Can I still include it in my application?
No. AITSL does not consider incomplete studies in the assessment process.
Q10 Does an employment based route into the teaching profession, such as the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) or School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in England, meet AITSL's requirements?
Initial teacher education programs that do not result in the issue of a formal academic award, final academic transcript and a statement of supervised teaching practice issued by an accredited higher education institution will not be considered in the assessment process.
The GTP with Qualified Teacher Status enables a graduate to work in a secondary school in England or Wales. It does not enable an applicant to work as a qualified teacher in most other European Union countries and is not recognised in Australia for the purpose of migration or teacher registration.
Q11 I have qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Can I apply for assessment with AITSL?
No, AITSL completes assessments for the purpose of migration for school teacher occupations only. If your qualification is in TESOL, TEFL or ESL you may need to refer to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for an appropriate occupation and the relevant assessment authority.
Q12 I have Montessori qualifications. Can I use them as evidence of initial teacher education studies
No, Montessori qualifications are not recognised by AITSL as meeting the professional criterion for the purpose of migration as it is considered a specialised method of teaching.
Q13 My initial teacher education qualification doesn’t specify specialist area studies in early childhood. Can I still apply for the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher occupation (ANZSCO Code 241111)?
Applicants nominating Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher need to present higher education early childhood initial teacher education qualification/s (undergraduate or post graduate) that demonstrate specialist professional education studies and professional practice in early childhood teaching with students Birth to 8 years of age. The minimum duration of supervised teaching practice is 45 working days with students across the Birth to 8 age range in education programs prior to and in the early years of Primary School.
Q14 Are the occupations Special Needs Teacher (ANZSCO 241511) and Special Education Teacher (nec) (ANZSCO 241599) the same?
No, a Special Needs Teacher has a specialist qualification for teaching students in early childhood, primary, middle and secondary school, with learning difficulties or other special needs.
A Special Education Teacher (not elsewhere classified) has a specialist qualification in a distinct fields/s of special education
not covered by the occupations:
- 241511 Special needs teacher
- 241512 Teacher of the hearing impaired
- 241513 Teacher of the sight impaired
Evidence of English language proficiency
Q15 How do I demonstrate English language proficiency?
All applicants must meet the English language proficiency criterion. The criterion is informed by the nationally consistent teaching registration requirements which represent the standard of English required for teaching in Australia. All applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following options:
(i) An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows:
- a score of at least 7.0 for both Reading and Writing; and
- a score of at least 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening.
The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an application.
(ii) An applicant has completed at least four full years of study in higher education (university) in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. This study must have resulted in award of qualification(s) comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher and must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification.
AITSL will consider a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) to be a maximum of two years of full-time study, towards option (ii) for English language proficiency.
Important Advice for applicants
Applicants who choose and submit evidence for option (ii) (4yrs study) but also submit an IELTS TRF should note that AITSL will consider the IELTS results. If the IELTS TRF does not meet the requirements of option (i) the application will be assessed as not meeting the English language proficiency criterion. Any subsequent application from the same applicant will require submission of a suitable Academic IELTS TRF to meet the English language proficiency criterion.
AITSL reserves the right to ask an applicant to undertake the Academic version of the IELTS examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English language proficiency. Applicants must achieve a score of seven (7.0) or more for both Reading and Writing and a score of eight (8.0) or more for both Speaking and Listening.
Q16 How do I determine which ANZSCO code to select?
It is important to select the ANZSCO that is relevant to your teaching qualification.
AITSL will assess the initial teacher education qualification only against the requirements of the occupation nominated.
As a guide, in Australia, Early Childhood (pre-primary school) teachers teach children aged Birth to 8 years of age. Primary school teachers teach children aged 5 or 6 to 12 years of age. Middle school teachers teach children 10 to 15 years of age. Secondary school teachers teach children aged 13 to 18 years of age.
AITSL assesses one occupation only per application.
AITSL is not able to advise you on which nominated occupation to select. For further information refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Q17 Can I submit my application ahead of my supporting documents?
No. AITSL requires a complete application to be lodged for assessment. All supporting documents must be included at the time the application is submitted.
Q18 I need my assessment outcome urgently. Can AITSL fast track my application?
No, AITSL does not provide a fast track assessment service. AITSL is committed to processing all applications within 10 weeks from the date of the initial notification email, sent on approval of your payment, providing all the required supporting documents are submitted with the application.
An assessment outcome will be delayed if an application is incorrect or incomplete.
If an assessment outcome is needed by a specific date, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a complete assessment application is lodged well before the date an assessment outcome is required.
Q19 Do I need to be registered as a teacher in Australia before I apply for a skills assessment?
No, AITSL does not require skilled migration applicants to have teacher registration or accreditation at the time they apply to AITSL.
Registration, accreditation or licensing with an Australian teacher regulatory authority or the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) will not guarantee a positive outcome for an AITSL skills assessment.
Q20 I am a registered teacher in Australia, do I still need to apply to AITSL for a skills assessment?
Yes. An AITSL skills assessment is a separate procedure to applying for teacher registration in the state or territory in which you intend to teach.
A skills assessment is required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection before applying for a visa under the skilled migration program.
A person seeking employment as a school teacher, following their migration to Australia, will need to have completed both a skills assessment and teacher registration.
Contact details of the state and territory regulatory and accreditation authorities http://www.aitsl.edu.au/about-us/links/teacher-registration-authorities Registration, accreditation or licensing with an Australian teacher regulatory authority or the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) will not guarantee a positive outcome for an AITSL skills assessment.
Q21 How long will the assessment process take and how long is an AITSL assessment valid for?
AITSL is committed to processing all applications within 10 weeks from the date of our initial notification email to you. You will receive this email once we have received your application and successfully processed your payment. The 10 week timeline only applies if a complete application is received. If an application is incomplete or incorrect this will delay processing of your application.
An AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue.
Q22 My assessment certificate is no longer valid. Can I renew it with AITSL?
No, for a valid assessment certificate you will need to apply for a new assessment. This will require a new application, including a complete set of certified supporting documents and payment in advance of the assessment fee AUD635.
Make certain you review all assessment criteria prior to lodging your new application. Assessment criteria and requirements may have changed since your last application.
Q23 I want to withdraw my application. Can I get a refund?
AITSL will only issue a refund of AUD500 if the assessment of your application has not commenced. To withdraw your application you will need to notify AITSL in writing via firstname.lastname@example.org
After an assessment
Q24 I disagree with my assessment outcome. What can I do?
Your first step is to contact AITSL to clarify the reason behind your assessment outcome. If you do not agree with your outcome, you may request a formal appeal. This request must be made within 60 days of the date of your assessment outcome.
The application for appeal will be emailed on request and must be lodged within 30 days of receiving the form. The fee for the appeal is AUD635 payable in advance.
An independent reviewer will consider additional information/evidence demonstrating you met the assessment criteria at the time of your initial assessment. If you wish to submit new evidence, obtained after the date of your assessment outcome, such as a recent qualification or an Academic IELTS test result, you will need to submit a new assessment application.
Q25 Will AITSL return my documents after the assessment outcome is issued?
Q26 I have received my Skills Assessment Certificate. What should I do now?