From the 28th of October legislation pertaining to the skills assessment component of the Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme – ENS) and Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – RSMS) visas will be updated. The changes taking place will affect applicants seeking to apply for these subclasses who have obtained a skills assessment specific to a Subclass 485 visa application. Any applicant for the ENS or RSMS who has obtained a Subclass 485 visa assessment will not be able to use this assessment to demonstrate skills for the purposes of the permanent employer sponsored migration programme from this date onwards. Skills assessments obtained for a Subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant’s work experience. The inability for these types of assessments to meet relevant requirements will be outlined in Regulations 186.234(2)(a) and 187.234(b).

Please note that this legislative change will not affect applicants who have applied for either ENS or RSMS prior to the 28th of October 2013 and their applications are still being decided.

If you have further queries, please direct these through the Agents Gateway located on the department’s website here.


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