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Eligibility and the Application Process for an OQU Assessment

Eligibility

To be eligible for an OQU assessment you must live in Victoria and be one of the following:

  • a permanent resident of Australia (living in Australia for less than two years)*, or
  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand (living in Australia for less than two years)*, or
  • a spouse of an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen on a provisional visa.
Australian citizens may be eligible for an assessment within two years of returning to Australia to settle permanently. Australian citizens must have completed their tertiary studies overseas and have been issued with the final award certificate requiring qualification assessment.

The OQU does not assess:

  • Australian degrees or qualifications
  • Overseas short courses (less than one year full time study), or single-subject certificates or diplomas
  • Overseas licenses, permits or work experience documents
  • Overseas apprenticeships or trade qualifications.

Please note that there is a limit on the timeframe for an OQU assessment.

Eligible applicants must obtain their Assessment Advice within a period of two years after the date of:

- their initial arrival into Australia with a permanent visa
- their initial arrival into Australia with Australian or New Zealand citizenship. Evidence of this date is required (eg certified copy of a passport showing the entry or exit stamp or an airline ticket; or
- the onshore grant of a permanent visa (for residents who have been granted a permanent visa in Australia. These are mainly people who have first arrived in Australia either on a temporary visa or seeking refugee status).

Humanitarian and refugee visa holders are exempt from this timeframe limit.

How to Apply for an OQU Assessment

Lodge your OQU application online

1. Complete the online application form

OQU application form

The preferred internet browser for completing the application is Google Chrome.

2. Upload relevant supporting documents

All documents must be in Portable Document Format (PDF). We do not accept other electronic formats such as JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG or photos of documents.

2.1 Visa details

Create one single PDF containing scanned certified copies of the following documents:

  • Certified copy of passport bio page/photo page
  • Certified copy of your visa document
  • Proof of arrival date if your visa was granted more than two years ago (for example, a passport stamp, travel itinerary or statutory declaration)

Please use this format to name your file: First name-Last name-Visa-details.pdf  

2.2 Personal details

Create one single PDF containing scanned certified copies of the following documents:

  • Proof of Victorian address (for example, a utility bill)
  • Certified proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Statutory declaration for spelling inconsistencies (if applicable)

Please use this format to name your file: First name-Last name-Personal-details.pdf  

2.3 Qualification 1 – Award

Create one single PDF containing scanned certified copies of the following documents:

Documents should be in their original language (and English translation from an approved translator if necessary).

  • Certified copy of the final award certificate
  • Certified copy of the prerequisite qualification, final award only (if applicable)

Please use this format to name your file: First name-Last name-Award1.pdf   

2.4 Qualification 1 - Academic transcripts

Create one single PDF containing scanned certified copies of the following documents:

Documents should be in their original language (and English translation from an approved translator if necessary).

  • Certified copy of the academic transcript (mark sheet)

Please use this format to name your file: First name-Last name-Transcripts1.pdf   

2.5 Additional qualifications

If you have more than one qualification, you will need to repeat this process for each of the qualifications. For example:

First name-Last name-Award2.pdf

First name-Last name-Transcripts2.pdf

3. Assessment Outcome

All applicants will receive an electronic assessment outcome. If you require a printed copy, please email oqu@liveinvictoira.vic.gov.au 

4. Timelines

Assessment can take up to 6 weeks.

Contact Details

Online technical difficulties: gems.support@ecodev.vic.gov.au

All other OQU inquiries: oqu@liveinvictoira.vic.gov.au