Does a 482 Visa Require A Skill Assessment?

For many visas issued by the Australian government, a skills assessment needs to be completed to demonstrate that you have the skills and capabilities to undertake the position. When it comes to 482 visas, however, the requirement for skills assessments are a little different.

Does A 482 Visa Require A Skill Assessment?

Skills assessments are only needed for TSS subclass 482 visas in a limited set of circumstances.

A particular legislative (legal Australian migration) instrument requires skills assessments for particular occupations from particular countries that do not meet an exemption.


The two occupations which must be assessed for any country of origin (apart from applicants who meet an exemption) are:

  • · Program or project administrator, and
  • · Specialist Managers (nec*)

*The acronym nec stands for “not elsewhere classified” and means that an occupation encompasses a range of often very specific occupations which fit within a general class. If considering nominating this sort of occupation, visa applicants should see if any of the related occupations in the minor group which are not labeled “nec” may be a closer fit. If there is, then the Australian miugration Department may not find that the “nec” occupation is appropriate.

The combinations are listed below:

Occupation Country of Passport
automotive electrician Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
baker China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
cabinetmaker Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
carpenter Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
carpenter and joiner Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe.
chef Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
cook Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
diesel motor mechanic Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
electrician (general) Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa or Vietnam
electrician (special class) Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa or Vietnam
fitter (general) Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
fitter and turner Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
fitter‑welder Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
joiner Brazil, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
metal fabricator Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
metal fitters and machinists (nec) Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
metal machinist (first class) Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
motor mechanic (general) Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
panelbeater China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
pastrycook Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
program or project administrator All persons other than exempt applicants for the occupation.
sheetmetal trades worker Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
specialist managers (nec) except:

(a) ambassador; or

(b) archbishop; or

(c) bishop

All persons other than exempt applicants for the occupation.
toolmaker Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe
welder (first class) Brazil, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam or Zimbabwe

Can you be exempt from taking a skills assessment for a 482 visa?

There are certain circumstances where you do not need to provide a skills assessment, even if your occupation and country of passport match in the table above.

The circumstances are as follows:

  • You are applying for another TSS subclass 482 visa and are already working in the nominated occupation on a 457/482 in Australia
  • You currently work overseas for the company who is sponsoring you (or an associated company)
  • Your relevant qualification was obtained in Australia (apart from program or project administrators and specialist managers (nec))
  • You hold the relevant license needed to work in Australia (apart from program or project administrators and specialist managers (nec))
  • You have an OSAP assessment for the occupation (apart from program or project administrators and specialist managers (nec))
  • Program or project administrators and specialist managers (nec) have an exemption where they:
    • o Hold a relevant qualification under the ANZSCO, and
    • o Have a nominated salary of AUD180,000+, and
    • o Nominated by an Accredited Sponsor (a higher level of business sponsor than Standard Business Sponsor)

Unfortunately, the exemptions provided for the TSS skills assessment are limited and will only be available to a small group of visa applicants.