The step-by-step process is on the webpage https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia. You can download the application guide and form relevant to the teacher occupation you wish to nominate.
The AITSL English language proficiency requirement can be met with an Academic IELTS test report form (not the General version). AITSL does not accept any other form of English language test towards meeting this requirement.
AITSL does not provide a pre-assessment service. We compare an applicant's qualifications against the assessment criteria in place at the time they apply. Without a complete application including a full set of evidence, AITSL is not able to provide an opinion.
No, the AITSL skills assessment for teachers is a qualifications based assessment. Work experience undertaken before or after the completion of an initial teacher education qualification will not be considered as part of the skills assessment.
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No, questions about migration and visa requirements must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs www.homeaffairs.gov.au
AITSL can only answer questions about the skills assessment of school teacher occupations.
AITSL cannot direct an applicant to choose a particular occupation. A skills assessment considers an applicant’s qualifications and English language proficiency. Applicants should choose the school teacher occupation for which their teaching qualification/s is most relevant. An applicant’s professional practice is not considered as part of a skills assessment.
Applicants should include details of all completed higher education qualifications. A skills assessment can consider qualifications that are:
For teaching qualifications AITSL is able to consider qualifications comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7) or higher.
For non-teaching qualifications AITSL is able to consider qualifications comparable to the educational level of an Australian Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 6) or higher.
AITSL does not list qualifications recognised for skills assessment.
AITSL is able to consider study completed in any of the six listed English speaking countries that results in award of a qualification, of at least one year full-time study duration, comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7) or higher.
Credit transfer arrangements, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing may impact on an applicant’s ability to meet the study option which requires four full years of study in one of the listed countries.
For further details of assessment criteria please refer to the application for your occupation available here https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia.
No, AITSL cannot consider study that has not resulted in a formal academic qualification.
AITSL Assessment for Migration does NOT have a list of accredited programs for the purposes of skilled migration. The accredited programs list on the AITSL website is a record of programs accredited as an initial teacher education program in Australia.
No, the AITSL skills assessment does not require an applicant to hold teacher registration.
If you wish to work as a teacher in Australia you will need to gain registration with the teacher regulatory authority in the relevant state/territory. A complete list of authorities is available here https://www.aitsl.edu.au/find-your-local-regulatory-authority
An AITSL skills assessment is for skilled migration purposes only. It is separate to teacher registration requirements. If as part of your migration you require a skills assessment for a school teacher occupation you will need to apply to AITSL. Please confirm with the Department of Home Affairs whether you require a skills assessment for your migration www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
The purpose of the AITSL skills assessment is to determine whether your qualifications and English language criteria meet the requirements for skilled migration, in one of the nominated school teacher occupations. For more information visit https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia.
AITSL’s assessment is intended for migration purposes only.
The purpose of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) assessment is to determine whether your qualifications meet the requirements to work in early childhood education and care services in Australia.
ACECQA’s assessment is not intended for migration purposes. For more information contact ACECQA https://www.acecqa.gov.au/.
There are some differences in the qualifications requirements for assessments undertaken by AITSL and ACECQA.
AITSL’s qualification criterion are informed by initial teacher education program accreditation standards and teacher registration requirements in Australian states and territories. Teachers must be registered to teach in an Australian school. Qualifications requirements for specific occupations can be found in the Application Guide and Form (Page 2) https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia.
ACECQA’s minimum qualification requirements are informed by those set in the National Quality Framework (NQF). Educators working in children’s education and care services must meet these requirements. There are also some states and territory specific qualification requirements for working with school age children (e.g. in outside school hour services)
No. AITSL Assessment for Migration and ACECQA recognition are separate and different. Each have different requirements. It is important to understand that a successful assessment for one does not ensure a successful assessment for the other.
Applications must be submitted in hard copy by mail or courier. For further details please refer to the application form and guide for your occupation, available here https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia.
An initial teacher education qualification is the qualification required to teach in a school classroom. It must include 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 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.
AITSL Assessment for Migration can only consider initial teacher education programs that result in a formal academic award, final academic transcript and a statement of supervised teaching practice all issued by the institution awarding the teaching qualification.
Yes, the skills assessment requires an applicant to have completed at least one year of initial teacher education study relevant to the nominated occupation.
A qualification designed for practice as one school teacher occupation would not likely meet the requirements for a second occupation.
No, Montessori qualifications are not recognised by AITSL as meeting the professional criterion as it is considered a specialised method of teaching.
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.
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.
University based teaching practice activities undertaken with fellow students and university staff will not be considered.
No, for the purpose of skills assessment work experience undertaken before, or after the completion of an initial teacher education qualification is not supervised teaching practice.Only supervised teaching practice undertaken with school students in a school setting, as a compulsory component of an initial teacher education qualification, will be considered.
No. The minimum duration of supervised teaching practice must be undertaken within the age range but does not need to be completed with every age in the age range. For example, if you are applying for early childhood occupation and the STP requirement states birth to 8 years range and you have done birth to 5 years, we would consider the STP as meeting the requirement.
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 field/s of special education not covered by the occupations:
An AITSL skills assessment includes an English language requirement which can be met either through a study option or with a suitable Academic IELTS Test Report Form.
AITSL may consider a doctoral degree completed in one of the six listed English speaking countries to be a maximum of two years of full-time study, towards meeting the study option of the English language criterion.
An applicant should only include evidence for one option. However, AITSL reserves the right to ask an applicant to undertake the Academic version of the IELTS test if there is uncertainty about their level of English language proficiency.
Yes, AITSL requires a complete application to be lodged for assessment. Correctly certified copies of all supporting documents must be included at the time an application is submitted. Receipt of late documents will result in delays.
No, AITSL does not provide a fast track assessment service. If an assessment outcome is needed by a specific date it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a complete application is submitted well before the required date.
Upon receipt of an application and approval of payment AITSL will send a notification email including an assessment reference number.AITSL will notify applicants when the assessment is completed.
AITSL’s standard processing time is 10 weeks from the date of our initial notification email. 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.
To withdraw an application AITSL needs to receive a request in writing (email) from the applicant.
AITSL can only issue a partial refund (AUD700) if the assessment of the application has not commenced.
No refund will be issued if assessment of the application has started.
For next steps after an assessment applicants should contact the Department of Home Affairs www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
AITSL is able to provide a copy of the copy of an assessment outcome kept on file. There is a fee for this service. Please contact us to request a copy.
An AITSL skills assessment certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue and cannot be renewed.
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. There is a fee for this service. For information about current fees please visit our fees page https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia/feesAn independent reviewer will consider the original application and 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.
AITSL can issue an optional skilled employment statement (https://www.aitsl.edu.au/migrate-to-australia/skilled-employment-statement ) but only after you gain a positive skills assessment. We would need the relevant documents listed in our website to determine the employment that can be included in this statement. Closely related skilled occupation needs to be in the same ANZSCO Unit Group which means that if your occupation for assessment is for a primary school teacher, the work must be as primary school teacher.
To teach in Australia, you need teacher registration. The registration and employment of teachers in Australia is the responsibility of the relevant state and territory authorities.
Contact details of the state and territory regulatory authorities can be found at www.aitsl.edu.au/assessment-for-migration/links
To work in some early childhood education and care services in Australia you may need to have your qualifications assessed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. For more information contact: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/