Important announcements

News and updates for migrating engineers.

As of 1 October 2021, Engineers Australia has introduced new interactive forms for appointing, changing, or ending the appointment of a migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person for your Migration Skills Assessment application. 

From the 1 March 2021, Engineers Australia will be accepting IELTS, TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic English test results no more than three years from the test date at the time of receiving your application.

Engineers Australia will grant an exemption to the qualified applicants from the English language test moving forward:

  • applicant who is a citizen of and holds a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

Engineers Australia has launched an online service, the Migration Skills Assessment Fast Track. Fast tracked applications will be assigned to an assessor as soon as possible.
 
Applicants submitting a new application online can now select the Fast Track option directly at the point of payment. Their application will automatically be placed at the top of the assessment queue for processing.
 
Refer to the Assessment fee page for further information about the fast track fee. Applicants who have already lodged an application but did not pay the fast track fee at the point of submission can still access this service, by using our online fee payment form. If you have already paid the Fast Track fee at the point of submission, do not pay the Fast Track fee again.

From 1 January 2016, Engineers Australia will be accepting the TOEFL iBT as an alternative English Language Test to address the English language competency element of the Migration Skills Assessment.

Engineers Australia will accept TOEFL iBT test results no more than three years from the test date at the time of receiving your application.

Applicants will need to upload the test results, as well as write their registration number.

Applicants submitting their application on or after 1 January 2016 will be able to provide either an IELTS test result form with a score of 6 or more in each of the four modules, or a TOEFL iBT result with the following minimal scores for each module:    

Minimal Score TOEFL iBT
Listening 12
Reading 13
Writing 21
Speaking 18

Further information about TOEFL iBT can be found on the ETS website.

Ethical standards

Information you provide to Engineers Australia may be used for data matching with Australian Government agencies. Engineers Australia reserves the right to use software applications to screen your submitted work for matches either to published sources or to other submitted applications. Misleading and false information is viewed as a major breach of ethical behaviour. We refer applicants to the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics, in particular the demonstration of integrity, available here. Please also refer to Section C and Section D for further details regarding plagiarism, fraudulent documents and ethical behaviour. The sanctions regarding misleading applications include notification to the Department of Home Affairs and up to 36 months ban from applying for a skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

Plagiarism

Career Episodes must be based on work conducted personally by you and must be written entirely in your own words. Presenting work conducted by others as your own and/or using other people’s words (templates, Career Episodes, online sources etc.) is considered plagiarism and is a violation of Engineers Australia’s code of ethics. This carries significant penalties including the rejection of the application, imposition of a ban up to 36 months and/or reporting of your details to the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation and action. Please Note: It is not sufficient to merely describe work in which you were involved. Career Episodes must be written in the first person singular clearly indicating your own personal role in the work described. Remember, it is what I did, not what we did or what ‘I was involved in’ and describe how you did it.

Warning

Having your Career Episodes written by another person or persons (this includes all hiring or use of any third party professional writers/companies to assist or complete your documentation) constitutes unethical behaviour and may result in serious consequences including but not limited to:

1) Immediate rejection of the application along with the imposition of a ban up to 36 months

2) Mandatory reporting of the applicant’s details to the Department of Home Affairs

Engineers Australia is aware of various entities offering CDR writing services. Please be advised that Engineers Australia does not, in any way, endorse or have any affiliation with these entities and does not condone applicants engaging these services. Applicants are required to complete their own applications and personally write their Career Episodes.

Engineers Australia reserves the right to impose or extend the ban period when the unethical behaviour was found at any stage of the process.

Applications for a standard Migration Skills Assessment can be lodged online only. Should an applicant not have access to the necessary technology, contact us.
 
Did you lodge a paper based application?
 
As of 1 November 2014, Engineers Australia is no longer accepting new paper based Migration Skills Assessment applications. All applicants now have to submit their application online.
 
On 1 January 2016, Engineers Australia will close all the pending assessment applications based on a paper based file and will stop further processing of the paper based applications.
 
If you have lodged a paper based application, and have received a request for additional documentation, please provide the requested additional documentation before the 1 January 2016.
 
If you have lodged a paper based application, and you are not sure what the status of this application is, contact our Member Services team.
 
Applications left incomplete after the 1 January 2016 will be closed. Applicants will need to lodge a new online application if they wish to obtain an assessment.
 
If you have already obtained an assessment from a paper based application, and would like to apply for the additional assessment of your work experience and/or overseas PhD, please apply following the process for paper based applications before the 1 January 2016. After this date, applicants seeking the additional assessment of their relevant work experience or additional PhD will have to lodge a full application online, and request for the fee of the standards assessment to be refunded.

Due to the high demand request for Fast Track service, Engineers Australia has to extend its Fast Track processing timeframe. From 1 April 2018, the Fast Track applications will be assigned to an assessor for processing within 20 working days.

From 1 November 2017, Engineers Australia accepts the Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as the evidence of applicant’s English language competency.

Engineers Australia will accept PTE Academic test results no more than three years from the test date at the time of receiving your application.

The minimum acceptable score is 50 in each of the four modules of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

You must send your PTE Academic score through Pearson’s online secure portal to “Engineers Australia” so that we can verify your result. Refer to Pearson’s website for detailed instructions..

Pakistan, represented by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became a full signatory of the Washington accord on the 21 June 2017.

Holders of accredited qualifications from Pakistan completed in or after 2017 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of Washington Accord accredited qualifications available on the PEC website and be completed in or after 2017.

All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide an evidence of their English language competency in their application unless they are eligible for an exemption.
 
From 1 October 2017, if a suitable English Test result is not provided in the application at the time of lodgement, it will be requested by the assessor. Failure to provide a suitable English Test Result within the imparted timeframe (usually 1 month) will result in the application being closed as unsuccessful.

Engineers Australia accepts IELTS, TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic English test results no more than three years from the test date at the time of receiving your application.
 
Please include your English language test result in your application.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Suitable English Language Tests are TOEFL iBT, IELTS General, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic
  • Minimum scores in each modules are:
  IELTS TOEFL iBT® PTE ACADEMIC™
Listening 6 12 50
Reading 6 13 50
Writing 6 21 50
Speaking 6 18 50

To streamline the Migration Skills Assessment process, Engineers Australia is implementing the following assessment policies from 15 March 2017:

  • The applicant is given only one opportunity to address any shortcoming(s) identified by the skills assessor
  • A response to all of the shortcomings is required within 30 days
  • To provide incomplete information or no response within the stipulated time-frame may result in the application to be closed

China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2 June 2016.
 
Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.
 
While CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited course is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.
 
For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.