Pilots and Other Programs


Skills Assessment Pilot Program for Migrants

The Australian Government has introduced three Skills Assessment Pilot programs to provide greater opportunities for onshore migrants to join the workforce and address skills shortages that Australia is currently facing.

  • Pilot 1 – Faster Migrant Skills Assessments concluded in June 2022,
  • Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants is open and accepting applications,
  • Pilot 3 – Employability Assessments will commence at the end of September 2022.

Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants

This Pilot offers onshore migrants who reside in Australia on a family, partner, humanitarian or refugee visa with a free, fast-tracked skills assessment. This Pilot is available to migrants who have never undergone a skills assessment and who have skills, qualifications and/or experience directly relevant to a priority occupation.

Am I eligible?

To be able to apply for a free assessment you must:

  • have not previously undergone a skills assessment for the nominated occupation,
  • be residing in Australia at the time you submit your application, and
  • hold an eligible visa that was granted on or after 1 January 2016.

How do I apply for an assessment? And what are the eligible occupations?
A migration assessment with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) is the evaluation of qualifications and employment in radiography, radiation therapy and sonography for the purpose of migrating to Australia. Read more here

What are the eligible visas?
Please refer to the Pilot 2 fact sheet

Where can I find more information about this program?
Please refer to the Pilot 2 fact sheet

Pilot 3 – Employability Assessments

This Pilot offers a free Employability Assessment and access to subsidised training for migrants who have already received a suitable skills assessment in a priority occupation but are currently working below this skill level. Participants who complete the Employability Assessment and training may improve their employment opportunities and secure employment in a priority occupation where there are critical skills shortages.

As part of this program, you will have access to:

  • A free employability assessment
  • One free coaching session to develop your personalised plan and to help support you to further develop your employability skills.
  • Subsidised course fees for accredited training with a nationally recognised training provider. The Australian Government will contribute 90% of the course fees, up to a maximum of $3000 (exc.GST). You will need to contribute 10% towards the course fees.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for this pilot program if you:

  • have received a suitable Skills Assessment in a Priority Occupation (sonography) on or after 1 January 2019 and held it for a minimum of 12 months
  • are in paid employment below your skill level (in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations)
  • have worked a minimum of 40 hours per fortnight within the last month
  • are residing in Australia
  • are on a permanent visa subclass that is listed as an eligible visa
  • have not registered for assistance through an Australian Government employment services program (e.g., Workforce Australia, Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers etc.).
  • have not previously been an Applicant or withdrawn from Pilot 3.

How do I apply for this pilot program?
You must apply through the Assessing Authority that completed your skills assessment.
Your relevant Assessing Authority may identify you as potentially eligible for Pilot 3 and may approach you with an Introductory Information Pack about Pilot 3 and an Expression of Interest (EOI) Application form to apply to the Pilot.

To apply:

  • You will need to submit an expression of interest form provided by your Assessing Authority.
  • This form is to notify your Assessing Authority that you wish to participate in the Pilot program.
  • Your Assessing Authority will check your eligibility after the EOI form is returned to them via email.
  • If you are eligible and there are places available, you will be invited to participate in the Pilot.
  • If you are not eligible to participate, your Assessing Authority will notify you via email.

If you are interested and feel you meet the eligibility criteria but have not been contacted, please contact the Assessing Authority that completed your skills assessment.

What are the eligible occupations?