‘VETASSESS will not accept paid doctoral studies’

‘as of 15 December 2018, VETASSESS will not accept paid doctoral studies for skills assessment purposes’

The VETASSESS has send out RMAs an email with the following content:

Update to Skills Assessment process for PhD holders 

Currently VETASSESS considers paid doctoral research level studies as valid employment for skills assessment purposes.

Please be advised that as of 15 December 2018, VETASSESS will not accept paid doctoral studies for skills assessment purposes, consistent with the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

For skilled employment to be considered ‘remunerated’, applicants must be engaged in the occupation on a paid basis, generally at the award or market rate of the occupation. A person receiving minimal living allowances or scholarships designed to cover study expenses would not be considered to be ‘remunerated’.

VETASSESS will continue to ensure that impact on its clients is minimised during the transition leading up to the implementation date. Applications received prior to 15 December 2018 will be processed according to the criteria at the time of applying.

For further information please contact migrate@vetassess.com.au


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au