Overseas Qualification Assessment
An Overseas Qualification Assessment broadly compares an overseas qualification to an Australian qualification, using the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Who is the Australian Education International-National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), and what are Country Education Profiles (CEPs)?
Am I eligible to apply for an assessment?
Can I apply on behalf of another person?
What are certified copies of documents?
What qualifications CAN be assessed?
What qualifications can NOT be assessed?
How much does it cost?
How long will an assessment take?
Can you assess my qualifications for migration purposes?
What translations are accepted?
Where can I get documents translated?
I do not have the required documents – what can I do?
I do not agree with my assessment, can it be reviewed?
Lost an assessment advice?
(Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition)
The Department of Education's website for international education works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration. The department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.
AEI-NOOSR (Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) provides official information and advice on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications, using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.
Country Education Profile (CEP) Online is an online recognition tool for assessing overseas educational qualifications used by universities and other education providers, professional bodies, employers and international organisations and governments.
You can apply for an assessment if you meet any of the residential requirements:
- An Australian citizen living in the ACT; or
- Permanent resident of Australia and currently living in the ACT; or
- a refugee, asylum seeker or humanitarian entrant living in the ACT.
Australian’s privacy legislation prohibits discussion of the application with any third party. A letter from the client naming and authorising the third party to act as their agent is essential for any communication between the Community Participation Group and the third party on matters related to the application.
A photocopied document that has been checked and certified by a certifying person, who confirms it is a true copy of the original document. To have your documents certified you will need to take the original document and a copy to a certifying person for signing. In Australia, a certifying person includes a Justice of the Peace.
Each copy of the original document (not copies of copies) must be certified separately and must show clearly:
- The words “Certified true copy of the original”
- The signature of the certifying officer
The Community Participation Group must be able to contact the certifying person if needed.
In the ACT, the following persons may witness and certify copies of documents:
- a Justice of the Peace
- a chiropractor
- public servants (Federal or State) employed for five years or more
- a medical practitioner
- an optometrist
For more information regarding persons who are able to certify documents please visit the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency website.
Qualifications that can be assessed
- higher education, post-secondary technical and vocational overseas qualifications for general purposes.
Our assessments do not:
- qualify you for migration to Australia. You will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs for all migration enquiries.
- qualify you for admission to study at an Australian university or other education provider. You should apply directly to the university or other education provider. The university or education provider should not refer you to us for admission to study.
- qualify you for membership of a professional body. You should contact the professional body. The professional body will not usually refer you to us to get an educational assessment.
- qualify you for employment. You should contact the employer. Depending on their policy/requirements, a few employers may refer you to us to get an educational assessment.
- compare qualifications by competency standards, subject or study area e.g. an overseas Bachelor of Science may be compared to an Australian Bachelor Degree, but not specifically an Australian Bachelor of Science.
Qualifications that cannot be assessed
We do not assess:
- trade qualifications (see Trades Recognition Australia)
- school qualifications (contact your state or territory education depatment)
- Australian qualifications
- qualifications of less than 1 year full time study
- single subjects
- incomplete qualifications
- work experience
- English language skills.
We do not provide assessments by email or phone.
There is no cost involved. This is a free service provided by the ACT Government.
All applications for assessments may take up to eight weeks after you attend your interview at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, provided you have submitted all the necessary documentation at the time.
If you wish to have your qualification assessed as part of an application for permanent residency in Australia, please contact the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.
It is important for all translations to be done in English and by an approved and accredited translator.
Approved translators within Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters(hyperlink NAATI). Get in touch with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) on 1300 557 470 or visit their website.
The Community Participation Group requires that all essential documentation, including covering certificate and academic transcript, be submitted in order to verify key elements against the Country Education Profiles created by AEI‑NOOSR. Therefore, if you have lost your transcripts or award, or have not obtained them from your institution, we recommend that you try contacting your institution to obtain these important documentations.
If your institution is unable to provide any documentation to you, kindly obtain a statement from your university or institution which provides relevant key information (e.g. period of study and confirming graduation) and discuss it with the assessing officer at your interview.
If you do not agree with the assessment outcome by the Community Participation Group, you may ask for a review. In order to ask for a review of your assessment, you must:
- formally request for a review of the assessment in writing.
- say why you disagree with our assessment.
Upon receipt of your request for a review, your assessment will be checked and a senior manager of the Community Participation Group will respond to your request with the review outcome.
Lost Assessment Advice
If you have lost your assessment advice, you can ask us for a copy to be reissued. Before we can reissue your assessment advise you must:
- Formally request for a copy to be reissued.
- In your letter to the Community Participation Group
- Details of your original assessment;
- Your current postal and contact details; and
- A certified copy of your Passport photo page, and visa label, if you have changed or updated your visa expiry.
Please note, that Country Education Profiles continually change, thus any letters being reissued, will reflect the latest assessment outcome. This means your assessment outcome is subject to change.