This pathway shows you how to request a Skills Assessment letter. 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 letter to get a visa to start or continue working here, or if you want to migrate here. 


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$1290


When you apply for a Skills Assessment letter, you need to include scans of:

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.


Show your correct name

Your name must appear the same way on all your documents as it does on your passport, including your:

  • academic qualifications
  • evidence of registration.

Send us proof of any name change. 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

Have all non-English documents translated into English. An extract translation of the document/s will not be accepted.

You must use a translator who is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Include scans of the original non-English document and the original translated document in 1 file.

Create files

Scan all original documents in colour. We will not accept scans of a copy, even if you get it certified.

The images must be clear enough for us to read the file, so scan them in high resolution. Include all edges, corners and images from the original document.

If a document has more than 1 page, save all pages in 1 file.

Name each file in English with a descriptive title, for example:

  • Marriage-certificate.png
  • Passport.pdf
  • Registration.jpg

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Academic qualifications

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
  • your academic transcript, with all pages saved as 1 file.

See a list of:

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Proof of your identity

Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

We cannot accept scans of an expired passport.

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Registration status and work history (optional)

You do not need to be a registered pharmacist to apply for a Skills Assessment letter. 

We can 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 consecutive months in the last 10 years.

We cannot consider your work experience if you are provisionally registered.

If you have worked as a pharmacist and you want us to comment on your registration or work history, include scans of:

  • original work references for all your jobs as a fully registered pharmacist, using the Work Experience Reference template
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) that shows start and finish dates for all your jobs as a fully registered pharmacist
  • evidence of registration during periods of employment (initial and current registration in Australia or New Zealand).

You can find further details in the Work Experience Reference template.

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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 letter.

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 letter.

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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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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 90 days to get this to us.

If we do not receive the correct information from you within 90 days, our system will close your application. If this happens, you'll need to re-apply and pay the fee again.

Receive your Skills Assessment letter

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

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Next step

Once you have a Skills Assessment letter 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 letter, you can ask us for an updated Skills Assessment.

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