If you have overseas gained qualifications and/or skilled work experience outside of Australia, our free services help you to have your overseas qualifications assessed and support you to find skilled work in South Australia.
Applying for assessment of overseas qualifications
If you are looking for work in your trade or profession, we can provide information about how to have your overseas qualification recognised to work in your area of expertise in South Australia.
We can help you to get your overseas qualifications and skills assessed if you are:
- an Australian citizen
- a permanent resident, or
- on a temporary visa or provisional visa with work rights in Australia.
For information on recognition of overseas qualifications in various occupations, and any licences or registration required to work in South Australia, search your occupation in Choose your Career.
If you have not already had your qualifications assessed by a professional body or gained an Australian education level comparison, you may be able to gain an 'assessment advice'. The assessment advice shows your education level in comparison to the Australian Qualifications Framework. Some trade qualifications can also be assessed through the 'comparative assessment' process.
The Skills and Employment Infoline or Infocentre can help you with information about assessment and overseas qualifications recognition.
Trade skills and qualifications
To work in Australia, many trades have specific licensing, registration or industry requirements. For information, search by occupation at Choose your Career.
If you have an overseas trade qualification, or overseas or Australian trade work experience but no formal papers, we can advise you about how to get a trade certificate for work purposes. Read more about Recognition of trade skills.
Documents you need to apply for overseas qualification and trade recognition
- qualification/s (original or certified copies)
- any certificates relating to apprenticeship or indentures
- academic record/s (original or certified copies)
- certified english translations of qualifications and academic records
- proof of name change (for example, a marriage certificate or certified marriage extract).
Migrants and temporary or provisional residents will also need to show:
- pre-migration assessments (original or certified copies) if available
- passport and evidence of your residence status in Australia
If you have overseas gained qualifications and skilled employment experience, information and assistance is available to help you search for work in your area of skill.
The Skills and Employment Infocentre and your local career service offer workshops, information and individualised assistance to help you:
- develop strategies to understand and search the South Australian job market
- learn techniques to help you prepare job applications, resumes and cover letters
- develop your networking and research skills specific to your occupation and industry
- understand Australian workplace culture
- prepare for job interviews
- identify additional training that may skill you for work
- identify other agencies and services that may be able to assist you.
The Skills and Employment Infoline or Infocentre can help you with more information about the assistance available.