​​​​​Assessing your qualifications

​The Department of Education and Training's Overseas Qualifications Unit provides free assessments of overseas qualifications for Queensland residents.

Overseas qualification assessments are based on guidelines developed by the Australian Government and expressed in Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) terms.

What are the benefits?

Assessment of your overseas qualification provides employers and educational institutions with a general education comparability of your overseas qualification against the AQF.

Am I eligible to apply?

To apply for an assessment you must:

  • live in Queensland
  • have permission to work or study in Australia
  • have completed a post-secondary, technical, vocational or higher education qualification overseas
  • have completed a qualification awarded by a recognised educational institution.

We do not assess qualifications that:

  • were completed in Australia
  • are incomplete
  • did not result in an award either at vocational, undergraduate or post-graduate levels
  • are short courses or single-subject certificates or diplomas
  • are awarded by professional bodies (in most cases)
  • took less than one year full-time to complete
  • are secondary school academic awards
  • are trade qualifications
  • require an assessment for migration purposes.

Assessment for migration purposes

The Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) area of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection assists skilled workers from outside Australia who are seeking to migrate to Australia or work temporarily in Australia. ASRI can assist in finding information on assessing your qualifications, skills and experience.

For more information, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or phone 131 881. Please note that fees may apply.

Assessment of secondary school qualifications

For more information about assessment of overseas secondary qualifications, visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website or phone (07) 3864 0299.

How do I apply for an assessment of my qualifications?

  1. Complete an application form:
    1. download the Application for Overseas Qualification Assessment form (PDF, 169KB)​
    2. to request a form to be posted to you, phone 1300 369 935.
  2. Provide A4 sized certified* copies of documents, including:
    1. certificate, degree or diploma in the original language and an official English translation
    2. full academic transcript / mark sheet showing the number of years, subjects studied and results obtained in the original language and an official English translation
    3. evidence of Australian residency status (visa / VEVO)
    4. proof of name change (if applicable).
  3. Send your application form and certified* copies of documents:

    By post
    Overseas Qualification Unit
    LMB 527
    Brisbane QLD 4001

    Via email
    Email the scanned certified* copies of documents and application form to oqu@det​.qld.gov.au​.

*To be certified, documents must be signed by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations.

Outcome of assessments

If your qualification can be assessed, you will receive written confirmation. If your qualification is not eligible to be assessed, you will be referred to the Australian Government's Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit, or a relevant professional organisation for individual assessment.

Help for non-English speakers / English translations

For overseas qualifications advice, a free telephone interpreter is available via the Translating and Interpreting Services on 131 450.

Official translations

All non-English documents require official translations.

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.

If you are a temporary resident or have lived in Australia for more than two years you can contact:

Assessing your overseas qualifications brochure

Read the Assessing your overseas qualifications brochure (PDF, 542KB)​ to learn how your qualifications are assessed.​

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Last updated
09 December 2016