This pathway shows you how to apply for a Skills Assessment letter.
You need this letter to get a visa if you want to migrate here after graduating and registering in New Zealand. You do not need it if you only want to work here.
This process applies if you:
If you're currently registered in New Zealand and want to work in Australia but not migrate, you do not need a Skills Assessment letter. You can apply to register directly with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Processing time: 8 weeks
If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer.
When you apply for a Skills Assessment letter, you need to include scans of:
You do not need to:
If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer than usual.
Your name must appear the same way on all your documents as it does on your passport, including your:
Send us proof of any name change. Documents that prove a change of name include:
Scan all original documents in colour. We will not accept scans of a copy, even if you get it certified.
The scans must be clear enough for us to read the file, so take 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:
To apply using this process, you must have graduated with a degree in New Zealand. To show this, please include:
Provide scans of the pages of your current passport showing your:
We cannot accept scans of an expired passport.
You need to be fully registered in either Australia or New Zealand to apply using this process. To show this, please provide a scan of your:
You do not need to have worked as a pharmacist to apply for a Skills Assessment letter.
However, if you have been working, you may want us to make a note of your work history in the Skills Assessment letter.
We can only consider your work experience if you've worked:
If this applies to you, and you want us to comment on your work history, include scans of:
You can find further details in the Work Experience Reference template.
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 the Skills Assessments page.
If you want to work in Australia without migrating here, you do not need a Skills Assessment letter. You can apply to register directly with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
You'll need to provide us with documents 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.
Create an account in our Candidate Portal using your name and address.
In the portal, you will:
Make you have all the correct documents, and that they're correctly prepared.
We can accept payment by credit or debit card. Your card must be issued by a bank in your country of residence.
We'll email you to let you know when we've received your application.
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.
We may contact you by email 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.
We'll email you (or your agent) a copy of the Skills Assessment letter.
Once you have a Skills Assessment letter from us, you can use it to support your application to the Department of Home Affairs for a visa application.
The Department of Home Affairs sets the validity period for your Skills Assessment letter. Contact them to check how long it will be valid.
If something significant changes after we issue your Skills Assessment letter, you can ask us for an updated Skills Assessment.