Direct Entry stream applicants

Provide these documents only if you are applying for this visa through the Direct Entry stream. You must provide a skills assessment with your application. A skills assessment provided after you have applied for your visa cannot be accepted. Some skills assessments are issued for the purpose of a subclass 485 visa. Skills assessments which have been obtained for the purposes of the subclass 485 visa are assessed solely on qualifications and do not assess the applicant’s work experience. As a result, these types of skills assessments are not appropriate to demonstrate skills under the ENS programme.

Skills and qualifications

  • Evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable by the relevant assessing authority for your occupation and this assessment was not obtained for the purposes of a subclass 485 visa as these types of skills assessments are not considered full skills assessments for permanent skilled migration purposes. A relevant skills assessment is different to being registered with an appropriateregulatory body.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copies of all qualifications and work experience (for example, employment references).
  • Registration, licensing or professional membership, if required for your occupation in the state or territory in which you will be working. Documents from the relevant Australian registration and licensing authorities that show you hold, or will be able to meet, necessary registration and licensing requirements. The documents must specify both of the following:
    • the type of registration or licensing held
    • the name and contact details for the registration or licensing authority.

If you are exempt from the skill requirement

If you are a New Zealand citizen or a member of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen


You must be under 45 years of age at time of application to satisfy the age requirement, or be exempt.

English language ability

  • The results of a specific English language test that you took less than three years before lodging your application and showing that you have at least competent English.
  • For each of your dependants aged 18 years or older at the time you apply, one of the following (this is not required to be demonstrated at the time you lodge your application; however, your application will not be finalised until this evidence is provided):
    • They have functional English. See How can I prove I have functional English? for more information.
    • If they have less than functional English, a statement indicating that you intend to pay the second visa application charge.