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Updates on VETASSESS Trade Skills Assessments

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Migration

VETASSESS has issued some important updates for several trade occupations, which are set to take place from 23 April 2024.

The following changes will be implemented for trade applications from 23 April 2024:

  1. Accepting new applications for the following occupations


  • Cook (ANZSCO – 351411)
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic (ANZSCO – 321212)
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (ANZSCO – 321211)

Note: New applications for Chef (ANZSCO 351311), Fitter (ANZSCO 323211), Electrician (ANZSCO 341111), and Metal Machinist (ANZSCO 323214) remain paused since September 2023.

  1. Changes to how applications are lodged:

VETASSESS will require applicants to first provide all information and documents relating to their skills assessment application to determine whether it is ‘decision ready’. Lodgement of documents at this stage is not charged, and applicants will only have to pay for an assessment once VETASSESS has confirmed that their application is deemed ‘decision ready’.

This will simplify the process for both applicants and VETASSESS, and to ensure processing of these applications are not unduly delayed due to insufficient information or documents.


  1. Pathway 1 changes

Stage 2 of Pathway 1 (for applicants without an Australian qualification or occupational licence) will now involve three steps:

  • Video Evidence – the applicant will be required to demonstrate their trade skills to a VETASSESS assessor. Guides on this will be issued after 23 April 2024.


  • (NEW STEP) Australian Industry Standards Online Assessment – the applicant will be required to complete an online course about Australian industry standards in their chosen trade. They will be given seven days to complete this assessment.


  • Technical Interview – this interview will be booked after the applicant meets the first two steps. It may be conducted online or face to face at an approved VETASSESS venue. The duration of this interview is estimated to be approximately 2 hours.

Note: these steps do not include applications for the occupations of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General).

If you are looking to lodge a trade skills assessment application with VETASSESS, or need advice regarding your skilled visa prospects, contact one of our Migration Lawyers for a consultation.

Nevett Ford Lawyers – Immigration Lawyer Melbourne & Australian Citizenship Lawyer
Telephone: +61 3 9614 7111
Email: melbourne@nevettford.com.au
Visit our website: www.nevettford.com.au