A skills assessment is where we assess your skills as "suitable" or "not suitable" for your nominated occupation (that is, translator or interpreter) against the standards we have established (i.e. NAATI Certification).
This means that if you need to obtain a skills assessment, you will need to gain NAATI Certification either as a Certified Interpreter or Certified Translator.
If you hold one of the following credentials, it means that we have already assessed your skills:
- Certified Interpreter
- Certified Specialist Interpreter
- Certified Conference Interpreter
- Certified Translator
- Certified Advanced Translator
- Professional Interpreter
- Conference Interpreter
- Conference Interpreter (Senior)
- Professional Translator
- Advanced Translator
- Advanced Translation (Senior)
Each successful assessment letter will have the expiry date of the assessment clearly indicated. Generally, NAATI skills assessments are valid for three years.
The Australian Government’s skilled migration program is implemented through a partnership between government and industry. The Department of Home Affairs works with industry, represented by professional migration assessing authorities, to ensure that policies and procedures for assessing the skills of prospective migrants are appropriate, transparent and do not pose unreasonable barriers to migration.
In accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994, NAATI has been specified as the assessing authority for the occupations of Translator (ANZSCO Code 272413) and Interpreter (ANZSCO Code 272412).
Though the occupations of Translator and Interpreter are not currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), state or territory governments may nominate applicants whose skills as a translator or interpreter are needed in their particular region.
You will need to contact the relevant state or territory body for more information:
- VIC: liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au
- SA: migration.sa.gov.au
- WA: migration.wa.gov.au
- QLD: migration.qld.gov.au
- TAS: migration.tas.gov.au
- NT: migration.nt.gov.au
- ACT: canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/
- NSW: industry.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw
We cannot provide information or advice about visa requirements, so please make sure you understand the requirements of the particular visa for which you’re applying. Questions about visa requirements and migration should be directed here.