Permanent Residence Visa / Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

What is the Permanent Residence Visa / Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa?

The Skills Assessment – Permanent Residence Visa/Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa is a document-based assessment designed to assess your qualifications and work experience. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will then use this information to evaluate whether you meet the educational and/or skilled employment requirements for your visa, or to award you points in these areas if your visa includes a Points Test.

Successful candidates will be awarded with a Skills Certificate to allow them to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and/or submit your visa application.

Do I Need to Provide any Work Experience?

As part of your application, you’ll need referees to provide you with a Professional Reference for all work you wish to claim as skilled employment for your visa application. The amount of Professional References you need to include will depend on your visa’s requirements regarding skilled employment.  For example, if you are applying for a points-based visa you will need to submit a Professional Reference (and supporting documentation) for all work you wish to claim points for.

If you are a recent graduate and do not wish to claim any work for your visa application, please still provide a Professional Reference and supporting documentation) for either your current role, or for two different clinical rotations undertaken as part of your degree.

If you are unable to provide a Contract of Employment for your role, please instead obtain a statement from your employer confirming the following information:

  • Position title
  • Start and end dates of employment
  • Number of hours worked per week

Where you cannot provide your latest pay slip, a bank statement showing payment for the role should be sufficient.  If you have any further queries about documentation you can provide to support your Professional Reference please get in touch on the details below.

If you’re unsure what the skilled employment requirements for your visa are, please check the relevant page on DHA’s website.


What Documents Will I Need?

Please download the Skills Assessment – Permanent Residence/Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Fact Sheet here for a list of documents you’ll need to provide, as well as information on certification.

Download the Fact Sheet

Types of Skills Assessments

The assessment you apply for will depend on whether you have previously had an Assessment for a Skilled Migration Visa with the Council.

(if you’re unsure, please get in touch and we can check this for you)

Are You Self-Employed?

For any self-employed work experience you are wanting to have assessed as part of a Skills Assessment, please submit a formal Statutory Declaration containing:

  • Commencement and completion dates of your self-employment
  • The number of hours worked per week
  • The occupation of employment and the capacity in which self-employed
  • The nature and content of the work you performed
  • The number of staff employed and their occupations.
  • The name and address of your business

and include at least one of the following documents:

  • Business registration certificates covering each period of self-employment
  • A statement on a letterhead from your accountant or legal representative certifying the name and nature of your business
  • Statements from your clients with details of the work performed and dates
  • Taxation certificates for each period of self-employment

What Happens When My Application Has Been Processed?

We will issue you with a Skills Certificate.  This is a report that details your education and work history to help DHA evaluate whether you meet the requirements for your visa application – this includes the awarding of points for these areas (if applicable).  You will also be provided with a Skills Certificate reference number which is used to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) if necessary for your visa.

Please note that any work performed as a student physiotherapist or under limited registration will still appear in your certificate, this will not be assessed as work performed at the level of a physiotherapist. This is because your practice during these periods is restricted for the purposes of clinical training (in the case of students) or for preparing for the Clinical Assessment (in the case of limited registration). However, it is ultimately up to DHA how this is taken into account in evaluating your visa application.

There’s no expiry date of the Assessment. However, DHA may only accept your Assessment if you make your visa application within a specific time frame from the date of issue. Contact DHA directly if you have any concerns about this.

Complete Skills Assessment

Apply for a Complete Skills Assessment

Applications Are as Easy as 1,2,3

Complete online application and make payment of $1650.00 AUD

Post certified copies of your supporting documentation for processing

Receive outcome

ADDITIONAL Skills Assessment

Apply for an Additional Skills Assessment


Applications Are as Easy as 1,2,3

Complete online application and make payment of $1450.00 AUD

Post certified copies of your supporting documentation for processing

Receive outcome


For more information on any of these types of Skills Assessment, please contact our Assessment Team.  We would love to hear from you and help you in any way we can.


1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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