Qualifications, experience and age requirements for nominated overseas workers

The requirements for overseas workers vary depending on the visa being sponsored for (the 4 year TSS or the 5-year SESR visa), and the category of occupation.

Occupations have been grouped into categories A to K based on the qualifications and experience requirements.

Read the NT DAMA occupations list which provides the category for each occupation.

TypeDescription TSS requirement SESR requirement
A Skill level 1 occupations on standard lists

Meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF bachelor degree or higher obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • five years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Must obtain skills assessment from the relevant authority specified on the Home Affairs website

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant bachelor degree or higher obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • five years of full-time work experience
B Skill level 2 occupations on standard lists

Meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF diploma or higher obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF diploma and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience

For chef:  Applicants holding the following passports must obtain skills assessment from Trades Recognition Australia website.

Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Macau SAR, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe

Must be under 55 years of age

Must obtain skills assessment from the relevant authority specified on the Home Affairs website

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF diploma or higher (obtained overseas or in Australia) and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience
C Skill level 3 occupations on standard lists

Meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training), or AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF Certificate IV and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Must obtain skills assessment from the relevant authority specified on the Home Affairs website

And meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training), or AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience
D Skill level 3 occupations on standard lists that may require mandatory skills assessment

Holders of certain passports must obtain skills assessment from Trades Recognition Australia.

To check if you need a skills assessment and to make an application, see Trades Recognition Australia’s website

Meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training), or AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF Certificate IV and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Must obtain skills assessment from the relevant authority specified on the Home Affairs website

And meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training) or
  • AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience
E Skill level 1 occupations not on standard lists

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF bachelor degree or higher obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • five years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant bachelor degree or higher (obtained overseas or in Australia) and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • five years of full-time work experience
F Skill level 2 occupations not on standard lists

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF diploma or higher obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF diploma and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • relevant AQF diploma or higher (obtained overseas or in Australia) and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience
G Skill level 3 occupations not on standard lists

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training), or AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and one year of full-time work experience or
  • relevant overseas qualification equivalent to an AQF Certificate IV and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience

Must be under 55 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • at least a relevant AQF Certificate III (including 2 years of on the job training), or AQF Certificate IV obtained in Australia and 2 years of full-time work experience or
  • three years of full-time work experience
H Skill level 4 occupations

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • a relevant qualification equivalent to an AQF Certificate III with relevant post qualification work experience of to at least one year (20 hours plus per week) or
  • relevant work experience undertaken in Australia of at least one year full-time or
  • relevant work experience (overseas or in Australia) of at least 2 years full-time

Must be under 55 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • a relevant AQF Certificate III or equivalent with relevant post qualification experience equivalent to at least one year (20 hours plus per week) or
  • have relevant work experience (overseas or in Australia) equivalent to at least 2 years full-time
I Specified skill level 4 occupations

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And meet one of the following:

  • a relevant AQF Certificate II or III or equivalent with relevant post qualification experience of at least one year (20 hours plus per week) or
  • have relevant work experience (overseas or in Australia) equivalent to at least 2 years full-time

Must be under 55 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And have relevant work experience (overseas or in Australia) equivalent to at least 2 years full-time

JSkill level 5 occupations

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And completed a relevant AQF Certificate I, compulsory secondary education or relevant on the job training

And meet one of the following:

  • one year of relevant full-time work experience in Australia or
  • two years of relevant full-time work experience (in Australia or overseas)

Must be under 45 years of age

Obtain skills assessment from MigrationNT

And completed a relevant AQF Certificate I, compulsory secondary education or relevant on the job training

And 3 years of relevant full-time work experience (in Australia or overseas)

K Meat industry occupations

Have been assessed and verified by a MINTRAC registered assessor, or an assessor approved by the Commonwealth, with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment experienced in meat processing, to be Skilled Meat Workers with a minimum skill level commensurate with the MINTRAC referenced AQF Certificate III in meat processing

And meet one of the following:

  • demonstrate a minimum of 2 years skilled work experience obtained at a meat processing enterprise  or
  • have been working in Australia on a Subclass 457 or TSS visa at an Australian meat processing enterprise for at least 9 months prior to being nominated or
  • at least one year relevant work experience in Australia on a temporary visa other than a Subclass 457 or TSS visa at an Australian meat processing enterprise

Must be under 55 years of age

Have been assessed and verified by a MINTRAC registered assessor, or an assessor approved by the Commonwealth, with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment experienced in meat processing, to be Skilled Meat Workers with a minimum skill level commensurate with the MINTRAC referenced AQF Certificate III in meat processing

And demonstrate a minimum of 2 years skilled work experience obtained at a meat processing enterprise


Last updated: 28 March 2022

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