The Australian Government has introduced Incentive 2 -“Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants”, which offers a free and fast-tracked skills assessment for onshore migrants who have the qualifications, skills, and/or experience in a priority occupation but have not undergone a skills assessment, to help with Australia’s economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and to fill labour shortages.
Incentive 2 is for the onshore migrants holding a permanent family, partner, refugee, or humanitarian visa. An applicant is eligible to apply for a ‘free’ skills assessment in a priority occupation on or after 28 February 2022, if the applicant:
- has not previously undergone a skills assessment for the nominated occupation,
- is onshore at the time of submission of skills assessment application,
- holds a permanent family, partner, humanitarian, or refugee visa that was granted on or after 1 January 2019.
The skills assessment authorities will complete the skills assessment within 15 business days, after receiving all the necessary documents of the applicant. Applicants who receive a suitable outcome in their assessment may be asked to complete a short survey about their employment outcomes which will be used to inform future migrant skills assessment policy. Also, the applicants whose assessment is not considered suitable will be informed about training opportunities to upskill them in accordance with the Australian job market.
The following visa holders are eligible for Incentive 2 – “Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants”:
Incentive 2 -“Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants” is available till June 2023.