​​​​​​Application form and guide for assessing overseas qualifications

Application form

To have your qualifications assessed, download the Overseas qualification assessment application form (PDF, 169KB).

Application guide

The following information will help you complete your application form.

The assessment process

The Queensland Government offers free assessment of overseas qualifications. Your application will be considered by the Department of Education and Training's Overseas Qualification Unit. This service is free for Queensland residents who have a valid visa to work or study in Australia, including a protection visa. Your application may take up to six weeks to process.

The Overseas Qualification Unit will provide you with assessment advice which compares the educational level of your overseas qualification against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Your qualification will be assessed using guidelines published by International Education, Australian Government Department of Education and Training. If your qualification is listed in the assessment guidelines, you will receive advice assessing your qualification against one of the AQF outcomes listed below.

AQF LevelQualification
​Level 4Certificate IV​
Level 5​Diploma​
Level 6​Advanced Diploma
Associate Degree​
Level 7​Bachelor Degree​
​Level 8Bachelor Honours Degree
Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma​
​Level 9Masters Degree​
​Level 10Doctoral Degree​


What qualifications can be assessed?

Qualifications that are equivalent to an Australian certificate IV or higher can be assessed. In most cases, this means qualifications from universities that are recognised by the country of origin and higher level qualifications from technical colleges.

A small number of overseas qualifications gained by passing examinations with a professional body can be assessed.

The Overseas Qualification Unit is unable to assess:

  • qualifications of people who live outside Queensland, including overseas residents
  • Australian qualifications
  • study that did not result in an award (regardless of how substantial the study)
  • short courses which required less than one year full-time study (with the exception of post-graduate courses)
  • qualifications of people who do not have a valid visa for Australia
  • awards from overseas private institutions that are not recognised by the educational authorities in the country of origin
  • lower-level overseas qualifications that are equivalent to a certificate I, II or III under the AQF, including many trade qualifications
  • work experience
  • English language skills
  • secondary school qualifications
  • qualifications that require an assessment for migration purposes.

Certified copies

You are required to submit certified copies of documents with your application. To have a document certified, take the original document (passport, qualification award, etc) and a copy of the document to a Justice of the Peace (JP) or Commissioner of Declarations. At no cost to you, the JP will make a written statement certifying that the photocopy is a true copy of the original. Most major shopping centres offer a JP service.

Locate a JP.

You can post or email your application and supporting documents (certified copies of original qualifications, translations and residency documentation).

Post to:
Overseas Qualification Unit
LMB 527
Brisbane QLD 4001
Email: oqu@det.qld.gov.au

Translating and interpreting support

Help is available if you need to have documents officially translated to English. The Department of Social Services provides a free document translation service for eligible Australian citizens and new migrants settling permanently in Australia. Visit the Department of Social Services website and search for 'free translating service'. 

If you have difficulty with spoken English and have questions about the application form, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. TIS can telephone the Overseas Qualification Unit for you at no cost.

If you are a permanent resident and have arrived in Australia in the last two years, TAFE Queensland's English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) provides a free service to translate documents. Phone TELLS on (07) 3244 5488.


Phone: 1300 369 935
Email: oqu@det.qld.gov.au
Website: www.training.qld.gov.au/osqrecognition​​​

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Last updated
13 July 2016