This pathway shows you how to apply for a Skills Assessment Outcome.
It is for those who have graduated and are registered in New Zealand and now want to permanently move to Australia.
If you're a New Zealand citizen, you can work in Australia without a Skills Assessment Outcome. It is not required as a step towards pharmacist registration. It's only required for migration purposes. Check your circumstances with the Department of Home Affairs first to see if you need to apply for a Skills Assessment with us.
This process applies if you:
If you're a New Zealand citizen, currently registered in New Zealand and want to work in Australia but not migrate, you do not need a Skills Assessment Outcome. To register as a pharmacist, apply directly to Ahpra / 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 outcome, you need to include your:
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:
Official photo-bearing document
We require an official ID as proof of identity.
This must be an ID document issued by an overseas or Australian authority. It must include your photo.
We require a birth certificate as proof of identity.
If you do not have a birth certificate you can provide a second photo-bearing document (see above).
Qualification certificate or letter of completion
To apply using this process, you must have graduated with a degree in New Zealand or have completed an approved adjudication process in New Zealand. To show this, please include:
It must include:
Combine files into one file.
The academic transcript issued by the education provider must:
Evidence of registration
You need to be fully registered in either Australia or New Zealand. To show this, please upload an image of your:
To obtain this evidence, contact your pharmacy registration authority, not your university.
Evidence of your pharmacist work experience (optional)
You 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:
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).
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.
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:
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.
We will not accept an extract translation of the document unless it is provided from an Australian Government Department, such as the Department of Home Affairs.
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.
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:
If you leave out any documents or provide incorrect information, the process will take longer than usual.
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 the Skills Assessments page.
If you want to work in Australia without migrating here, you do not need a Skills Assessment outcome. 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 outcome.
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 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.
We'll email you (or your agent) a copy of the Skills Assessment outcome.
Once you have a Skills Assessment outcomefrom 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 outcome. Contact them to check how long it will be valid.
If something significant changes after we issue your Skills Assessment outcome, you can ask us for an updated Skills Assessment.