Assessment for General Skilled Migration to Australia

In accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994, AOAC is responsible for assessing the skills and qualifications for the occupation of Osteopath (ANZSCO code 252112) under the Department of Home Affairs General Skilled Migration (GSM) and Employer Sponsored Migration (ESM) programs.  This is not an assessment for registration purposes.  You will need to have a completed skills assessment before you can lodge your visa GSM or ESM application.


To proceed with a skills assessment you must answer YES to at least one of the following statements and submit Form 1A

1. You currently hold a current and full (unconditional) practicing certificate as an osteopath from the Osteopathy Board of Australia

2. You have completed a recognized, registrable, entry-level qualification in osteopathy at a university in Australia


If you answered NO to both of these questions you are required to complete an assessment for registration in Australia.


All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document saved as PDF files.


certified copy is a copy of an original document, that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the original document. It does not certify that the original document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the original document


The only people who can certify your documents are a:

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Peace Commissioner
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • Notary Public Judge
  • Magistrate
  • person legally designated to sign documents from an embassy or consulate.


AOAC recommends you ask the person who certifies your application form to certify all other documents.


The person who certifies your documents has to:

  • include this statement on every document: I certify that this is a true copy of the original document
  • put their signature underneath the statement.
  • state which profession they are a member of (they must be on AOAC?s list of accepted professionals)
  • include the date, their contact address and their phone number.
  • apply an official stamp or seal, if available.
  • submitting incorrectly certified documents may delay your assessment.


The assessment for skilled migration can take up to 15 working days from the date AOAC receives your correctly completed application form and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form.


On completion of the assessment you will be advised if your skills are suitable or not suitable for migration purposes.  This letter should be included with your application to the Department of Home Affairs and is the document you require as evidence of a Migration Skills Assessment.

Skills Assessment

Submitting supporting documents


Electronic Copies (Certification required)

All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.


Compressed files

AOAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.


A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ?.zip? file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.


What can you attach?

AOAC is only able to accept the following file formats:


Extension File Type
.DOC Microsoft Word 2002 or older document
.DOCX Microsoft Word 2007 document
.JPG JPEG image file
.PDF Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file
.PPT Microsoft PowerPoint presentation document
.XLS Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document


The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application:

Maximum number of files
Maximum size each file
Formats allowed
Migration Advice

AOAC can only provide advice relating to the skills assessment process and is not able to provide specific advice regarding the right visa for you.  To find out more information regarding your visa options please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website or to find a list of Registered Migration Agents.

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