Immigration South Australia

01. What is an Assessment of Overseas Qualifications?
02. What are Country Education Profiles (CEPs)?
03. What if my country of education is not listed on the CEPs?
04. How do I know whether I need a Qualification Assessment?
05. What does it cost to have my overseas qualifications assessed?
06. Where can I have my qualification assessed if I am not eligible for qualification assessment at the SA assessment service?
07. Can you assess my qualifications for migration purposes?
08. How can I have my trade qualification assessed?
09. How long will an assessment take?
10. Where can I get my documents translated? What translations are accepted?
11. Do you accept overseas translations?
12. What are certified copies of documents?
13. What if my name is different to the name that appears on my qualification?
14. I do not have the required documents – what can I do?
15. I do not agree with my assessment, can it be reviewed?
16. Lost an assessment advice?
17. What is VEVO?

 

01. What is an Assessment of Overseas Qualifications?


An assessment advice is an official document that confirms the recognition of an overseas qualification and its comparable level in Australia, based on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) assessment guidelines known as Country Education Profiles (CEPs). The CEPs utilise the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Assessments are for general purposes, they do not compare qualifications by subject, study area or competency standards.

 

02. What are Country Education Profiles (CEPs)?


The Country Education Profiles (CEPs) is an online qualifications recognition tool designed to help organisations understand overseas higher education and post-secondary technical and vocational educational qualifications. We have access to the CEPs which provide authoritative information for countries from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Subcontinent and the Middle East and the Americas.

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03. What if my country of education is not listed on the CEPs?


If you have qualifications from a country that is not listed on the CEPs, you can contact the Australian Department of Education and Training (DET) for a qualification assessment. Assessments undertaken by DET attract a fee and can take up to 3 months.

 

04. How do I know whether I need a Qualification Assessment?


In Australia, no single authority assesses or recognises all overseas qualifications. Many professional, government and other organisations are involved depending on a number of factors including:

  • whether you plan to migrate
  • whether you seek employment
  • the type of qualification (e.g. higher education qualification, secondary school qualification, short course qualification, trade qualification)
  • the industry and/or professional body requirements for specific occupations

Some occupations require specialised knowledge and skills in Australia and have registration, licensing, professional membership or other industry requirements that must be met before you can start working. For more information visit Choose Your Career.

Depending on your circumstance Skilled Arrival Services can guide you as to whether a qualifications assessment will enable you to achieve your goal, please contact us on +61 (8) 8303 2450 or arrival@sa.gov.au

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05. What does it cost to have my overseas qualifications assessed?


This service is free of charge.

 

06. Where can I have my qualification assessed if I am not eligible for qualification assessment at the SA assessment service?


If you do not meet our eligibility requirements for a qualification assessment you may wish to contact the Australian Government Department of Education and Training  who also provide educational assessments. The Australian Government charges an application fee for the service.

 

07. Can you assess my qualifications for migration purposes?


Our assessments are not skills assessments for migration purposes. An assessment advice may provide you a guide as to the educational level attained.

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08. How can I have my trade qualification assessed?


Our assessment can verify the educational level attained however it is not suitable to verify your skills and competencies and is not suitable if you require a licence for regulated trades. Trades Recognition Australia completes skills assessments for people who want to apply for a skilled visa from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For more information visit Trades Recognition Australia.

 

09. How long will an assessment take?


Assessments will take up to 4 weeks from the date you have provided all relevant supporting documents. We are able to fast track your assessment if you require it for circumstances that require urgent attention. If you require an assessment urgently please contact Skilled Arrival Services on +61 (8) 8303 2450 or arrival@sa.gov.au.

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10. Where can I get my documents translated? What translations are accepted?


It is important for all translations to be in English and by an approved and accredited translator. Approved translators within Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Find a translator near you by visiting the NAATI website. 

 

11. Do you accept overseas translations?


Official translations from the country where you obtained your qualifications are acceptable. Document must be a certified copy of the original translation and the translator must verify that the translation is complete and accurate.

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12. What are certified copies of documents?


A photocopied document of the original document that has been checked by a certifying person who confirms it is a true copy of the original document. To have your documents certified you need to take the original document and a copy to a certifying person for signing. Each copy of the original document (not copies of copies) must be certified separately and must show the following:

  • the words “certified true copy of the original”,
  • the signature of the certifying officer; 
  • the name, address, contact telephone number, designation (position) of the certifying officer legibly printed below the signature;
  • an official stamp (where possible).

For more information visit DET.

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13. What if my name is different to the name that appears on my qualification?


If your full name does not appear on your qualification (for example John C) you must provide evidence of your change of name, such as a marriage certificate or a statutory declaration stating that the name appearing on your qualification refers to the same person listed on your passport or citizenship certificate. Download a statutory declaration form or pick one up from your local post office.

 

14. I do not have the required documents – what can I do?


All essential documentation be submitted in order to verify key elements against the Country Education Profiles created by DET. Therefore, if you have lost your transcripts or award, or have not obtained them from your institution, we recommend that you try contacting your institution to obtain these important documents.

If your institution is unable to provide any documentation to you, obtain a statement from your university or institution which provides relevant key information (e.g. period of study and confirming graduation) and discuss it with Skilled Arrival Services.

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15. I do not agree with my assessment, can it be reviewed?


If you do not agree with the assessment outcome undertaken by Skilled Arrival Services, you may request a review. In order to ask for a review of your assessment, you must:

  • formally request a review of the assessment in writing by email to arrival@sa.gov.au
  • indicate why you disagree with our assessment
  • the type of qualification (e.g. higher education qualification, secondary school qualification, short course qualification, trade qualification)
  • provide further information (if applicable) and any details to support your request for a review. Upon receipt of your request for a review, your assessment will be checked by a Senior Assessment Consultant who will respond to your request with the review outcome.

 

16. Lost an assessment advice?


If you have lost your assessment advice, we may be able to replace it. To request a replacement certificate please call +61 (8) 8303 2450 or arrival@sa.gov.au.

Please note, that Country Education Profiles continually change, therefore any letters being reissued, will reflect the latest assessment outcome. This means your assessment outcome is subject to change.

 

17. What is VEVO?


Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) is an online facility managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to check your current visa details and conditions. The system allows you to send an email generated by VEVO to any email address you choose. This is a simple and easy way to prove your residency status. For more information and to access VEVO visit DIBP. You will be required to provide evidence of your visa status as part of your application. If you do not have a visa letter you can use a VEVO printout as evidence.

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