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Please read our updated Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants, ACS  Application Checklist  and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page prior to submitting your application

Please note that the current assessment timeframe for a new ICT Skills Assessment is between 10 - 12 weeks.

Please note that the current assessment timeframe for Review and Appeal Assessments is currently 8 weeks

Any urgent applications due to VISA expiry, please contact ACS at [email protected] with your application ID and any relevant details.


Welcome to ACS Migration Skills Assessment

ACS is the authorised assessing authority that undertakes skill assessments for the purposes of skilled migration. Our role is to assess the skills and qualifications of ICT professionals who are considering migration to Australia to work in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

This is an important role in Australia’s national interest, intended to supplement the Australian workforce with skills in areas of domestic shortage to ensure continued economic growth and enable the country to best position itself for continued prosperity. 

Before you submit a migration skills assessment please review the Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants.

These Guidelines describe the eligibility requirements in applying for a skills assessment under the Migration Skills Assessment program. They do not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. All enquiries relating to visa and migration requirements must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

Please Note: Only one application can be active at any one time.


Skills Assessment Information: 


Cost & Charges 

To ensure you submit the correct skills application, please review the Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants for a detailed explanation of the application type criteria. 


Application Type Fee
Temporary Graduate - 485 Skills Assessment  $500
Post Australian Study Skills Assessment
Skills (general application) 
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Review Application
Appeal Application


All skills assessment fees include a total of eight assessment episodes per application. An assessment episode can be made up of qualifications or employment documentation. This means you can submit any combination of qualifications and employment episodes that total eight episodes per application. 

A $50 fee applies for each additional qualification or employment episode that exceeds the maximum of eight per application.  Fees are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Please note that all costs and charges for skilled migration will increase by CPI effective 4th July, 2022.



The Global Talent Visa (GT) program is designed to attract the best and brightest skilled migrants to Australia, from a range of target sectors. 

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience as a highly skilled professional or senior executive and demonstrate that their skills are at the cutting edge of innovation, within the target sectors listed below. Additionally, candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to attract a salary that meets the high income threshold as well as their ability to help create opportunities for Australia by promoting innovation and creating jobs.

To be eligible to apply for a Global Talent visa, applicants must:

  • prove they are internationally recognised with ​ evidence of outstanding achievements
  • still be prominent in their field of expertise
  • provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
  • have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  • have a recognised organisation or individual with a national reputation in the same field in Australia nominate them as global talent.


Target Sectors

Agri-food and AgTech, Energy, Health Industries Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space, Circular Economy, DigiTech, Infrastructure and Tourism, Financial Services and Fintech, Education and EdTech.

ACS assesses nominations for the following target sectors only: 

  • DigiTech:  This sector includes, but is not limited to, the following specialisations:
    ·       Data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning
    ·       Automation and robotics
    ·       Big data, data management and analysis
    ·       Blockchain technology
    ·       Cloud computing
    ·       5G
    ·       Cyber security detection, prevention and response
    ·       Data and eResearch infrastructure
    ·       SmartTech and disruptive technologies
    ·       Front-end development
    ·       Internet of Things
    ·       Immersive technologies including virtual, augmented and extended reality
    ·       IT integrated control systems for plant and machinery
    ·       Machine learning engineering
    ·       Network engineering/architecture
    ·       Production and development of digital (video) games and game engine technology
    ·       Quantum information and computing
    ·       Smart cities
    ·       Specialised knowledge in software and mobile application development
  • Fintech (If predominantly ICT focused)  
  • AgTech (If predominantly ICT focused)


High Income Threshold

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of $158,500. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.  When assessing this, ACS will consider:

  • current salary shown through payslips or a contract
  • future job offers outlining remuneration
  • recent PhD graduates in the target sectors.

ACS charges candidates a non-refundable $300 for a Global Talent Visa suitability assessment.  ACS Assessors will review the candidate’s submission to confirm the above criteria has been met.  Any candidate that receives a suitable assessment will be invited to submit a formal Global Talent Visa application for a non-refundable investment of $500.   

Please email [email protected] to apply for a Global Talent Visa suitability Assessment.

Candidates looking for further information about their suitability for a Global Talent Visa should review The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) website.





Ajuria Lawyers

GTI Nomination

ACS was fantastic in helping one of our clients by agreeing to nominate him for a visa under the Global Talent Independent Program. The Skills Assessment team were extremely efficient and professional and  thanks to their careful assessment and ultimate nomination, our client got their GTIP permanent visa in a matter of weeks! Thank you ACS. Lillian Ajuria, Partner, Ajuria Lawyers.


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GTI Nominee

I am delighted to update you that our permanent residence application has approved. Thank you very much for your kindness in writing a letter of recommendation to support the Australian permanent residence application. Please extend my sincere thanks to the ACS team. I'm planning to move to Australia in a few months or so. I will start looking for new job opportunities in Australia, ACS recommendation letter certainly will be a great help in my job search.

Many thanks to you and ACS team for all of your efforts.


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GTI Nominee

As an offshore applicant of Australian Global Talent Visa, I reached out to the peak body representing Australia's ICT sector - "ACS" for nomination. ACS did a thorough assessment of my skills and claims of international recognition and after submission of documentation including evidence of achievements, they considered me for nomination in the relevant target sector. Through their swift and simplified process of nomination support, I was able to secure a Global Talent Visa in record time. Thank you ACS !


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