This pathway shows you how to request a Skills Assessment outcome. It applies if you completed your pharmacy degree at an accredited institution in Australia as an international student, or in New Zealand.

You need the Skills Assessment outcome to get a visa to start or continue working here, or if you want to migrate here. 

Overview

This process applies if you:

  • studied in Australia as an international student, or studied in New Zealand
  • hold a pharmacy degree that is either an approved program or a substantially equivalent qualification from Australia or New Zealand
  • want to migrate to Australia, or either start or continue to work as a pharmacist in Australia.

You might be a recent graduate, or a provisionally or fully registered pharmacist.

Processing time: 8 weeks

If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer.

Cost: AU$1310

Documents

When you apply for a skills assessment outcome, you need to include your:

Passport

Your passport must be valid. We cannot accept an expired passport.

If you do not have a current passport, you can complete your application with an alternative Australian or New Zealand identification document.

The only accepted alternatives include:

  • Australian / New Zealand Drivers Licence
  • Australian federal, state or territory government issued identity card
  • Australian government issued ImmiCard.

Qualification certificate or letter of completion

To apply using this process, you must have graduated from an accredited degree program in Australia or New Zealand. To show this, please include:

  • your degree certificate OR
  • letter of completion if your degree has not yet been issued.

See a list of:

Academic transcript

The academic transcript issued by the education provider must:

  • include all pages in a single document
  • show all subjects/units and examination results for every semester of the program.

Evidence of registration & pharmacist work experience (optional)

International students do not need to have worked as a pharmacist to apply for a skills assessment.

However, if you request for us to comment on your work history to support your visa/migration application, we'll need to see evidence of your work experience.

We can only consider your work experience if you've worked:

  • as a fully registered retail or hospital pharmacist (not as an intern)
  • for more than 20 hours per week
  • for at least 12 months in the last 10 years.

In the portal, include Work Experience Reference Templates combined with secondary evidence such as a payslip, income tax statement or Government issued letter.

You'll need to complete one template per employer.

Upload these as one single file.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional)

If you'd like us to assess your work experience, you need to provide an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

It must include:

  • all periods of work undertaken as a registered pharmacist (with full/general registration)
  • employer's name of organisation, address and contact details
  • start and finish dates for all periods of work.

Agent authorisation form (optional)

If you want to nominate someone to communicate with us on your behalf, upload the original APC Agent Authorisation Form. Both you and your agent must sign the agent’s authority.

We will only communicate directly with one person. If you nominate an agent, we will communicate only with the agent.

Evidence of name change (optional)

Your name must appear the same way on all your documents.

If you have changed your name, you need to upload proof of any name change in the portal. If your name is spelt incorrectly in any of your documents, you will need to have them corrected by the organisation who originally issued them.

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • a deed poll
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant authority outside Australia
  • documents that show other formal names you've been known by.

Get translations

Translate any non-English documents into English. We will not accept an extract translation of the document. It must be a translation of the full document.

You must use a translator who is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). We will not accept documents that have been translated by anyone else.

Helpful resources

For more information on the criteria that your qualification needs to meet, see our Assessment Standards.

For specific details about the required documents, see our Skills Assessment Documents Policy.

You do not need to:

  • have any documents certified
  • show proof of English competency.

If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer than usual.

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Process

Step 1

Before you apply

Check that you are eligible to apply

You must:

  • hold an approved pharmacy degree from Australia or New Zealand
  • have studied as an international student in Australia, or studied in New Zealand

If your degree is incomplete, you are not eligible for a Skills Assessment outcome.

If you completed your degree in a different country, go to Skills Assessment.

Gather your documents

You will need to provide us with documents to:

  • show that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • support the claims you make in your application

Get help with your application if you want to

Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application.

But you may want us to correspond with another person, such as a migration agent or family member, instead of you.

If you want to nominate someone else to work with us, download and fill in our Agent Authorisation form. Both you and your nominated agent must sign it.

Please note that your nominated agent must use a different email address to yours.

You'll need to scan and upload the completed form in your application where it says 'If you use an agent'.

If you nominate someone else, we'll only talk to your authorised agent about your Skills Assessment outcome.

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Step 2

Apply for the Skills Assessment outcome

Sign in to our Candidate Portal

Create an account in our Candidate Portal using your name and address.

In the portal, you will:

  • set up a candidate profile
  • request a Skills Assessment eligibility check

Upload your documents

Make sure you have all the correct documents, and that they're correctly prepared.

Pay the fee online

We can accept payment by credit or debit card. Your card must be issued by a bank in your country of residence.

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Step 3

After you apply

We will let you know when we've received your application.

Wait to hear from us again

It will take us about 8 weeks to complete your eligibility check.

If you leave out any documents or send us the wrong ones, it will take us longer.

Send us more information if we ask

We may email you to tell you we need more information.

If we ask for more information, you have 6 months (180 days) to get this to us.

If we do not receive the correct information from you within 6 months, our system will close your application. If this happens, you'll need to re-apply and pay the fee again.

Receive your Skills Assessment outcome

We will email you (or your agent) a copy of the Skills Assessment outcome.

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Next step

Once you have a Skills Assessment outcome from us, you can use it to apply to the Department of Home Affairs to support a visa application

If something significant changes after we issue your Skills Assessment outcome, you can ask us for an updated Skills Assessment.

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