Information for applicants for skilled migration who studied part or all of their qualifications during 2020 and 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many applicants have had their study and migration plans interrupted. Your location of study may have had to change and the qualification you were studying in 2020 and/or 2021 may have been modified to deal with remote learning and school and higher education institute closures. Many IELTS testing centres have also been closed because of COVID-19 restrictions.

AITSL’s skilled migration assessment criteria remain in place and have not been modified. AITSL is committed to providing a reliable, thorough, evidence-based skills assessment, ensuring the introduction of suitably qualified teachers into Australia’s education system.

However, to support potential applicants at this time AITSL is introducing some flexibility in how you might meet the current assessment criteria. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency which has resulted in extenuating, and unique circumstances. To assist us in considering the impacts arising from COVID-19 globally, while maintaining a fair and transparent approach, the evidence requirements for applicants who have studied in 2020 and/or 2021 have been amended. The new evidence requirements will provide AITSL with the additional information necessary to understand how you may have been impacted and whether the changes to your situation still meet our requirements.

What might this impact look like?

Possible impacts to evidence requirements may include:

  • the location (country) of your study changed
  • modules were studied online in a location different to that of your university or institution
  • teaching practice was completed remotely due to school closures
  • teaching practice was adapted in some other way
  • other changes to your study


How will AITSL assess qualifications studied in 2020 and/or 2021?

COVID-19 has affected many people and in lots of different ways. To give applicants the best opportunity to meet our assessment criteria, AITSL is asking for additional information. AITSL can only consider full and complete applications and AITSL is not able to provide a pre-assessment.

Please take note of the additional evidence requirements and provide them as part of your submission. This will help us most efficiently assess your application. 

At all times, AITSL may choose to seek further information from you or a third party (for example your institution) to finalise an assessment. Where an applicant cannot provide sufficient evidence to support an assessment, or it cannot be validated by a relevant third party determined by AITSL, an application will be found unsuitable.

What if my study during 2020 and/or 2021 was not impacted by COVID-19?

Even where you were not directly impacted, AITSL requires that your awarding institution provides a statement advising that your studies were not impacted by COVID-19.

Time frame

The amended evidence requirements apply to anyone who has studied their initial teacher education program in 2020 and/or 2021. 

There are also additional evidence requirements for anyone who has undertaken any study during 2020 and/or 2021 that will be used towards meeting the English language proficiency - Study option (Option 1).

AITSL will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will update and/or extend these requirements should it be warranted. All updates and new information will be posted on this website.

The information on this webpage is current as at

For queries about the information provided on this page please contact the assessment for migration team via [email protected].

Will COVID-19 change teacher registration in Australia?

The skills assessment process is different from teacher registration so you should check what is needed for registration with the teacher registration board in the state or territory you hope to live and teach. The criteria and evidence requirements may differ between the skills assessment and teacher registration processes.

Teacher registration does not automatically result in a suitable skills assessment.

Please take this into consideration when making your plans to migrate and work in Australia.

Will COVID-19 impact recognition as an Early Childhood teacher by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) in Australia?

The skills assessment process is distinct from ACECQA recognition. Modifications in relation to COVID-19 may also be different. You should check what is needed for recognition as an Early Childhood Teacher with ACECQA, as the criteria and evidence requirements may differ to those required as part of a skills assessment. Please take this into consideration when making your plans to migrate and work in Australia.