Assessment for Skilled Migration to Australia

On 9 August 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) was advised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Podiatry Board of Australia (Board) that from 1 July 2019, accreditation functions will no longer be exercised by ANZPAC.  Instead, they will be exercised by a Committee of the Board. 


In light of this decision, ANZPAC will not be accepting priority processing applications effective immediately.  Applications for qualifications and skills assessment for migration and/or registration to either Australia or New Zealand will not be accepted after 17 May 2019.


Those applicants with a current assessment at that time will be finalised prior to 30 June 2019.


In accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994, ANZPAC is responsible for assessing the skills and qualifications for the occupation of Podiatrist (ANZSCO code 252611) under the Department of Home Affairs General Skilled Migration and Employer Nomination programs.  This is not an assessment for registration purposes.  You need to have a completed skills assessment before you can lodge your visa application.


There are two types of Assessment for Skilled Migration

  • Modified Assessment
  • Full Assessment

Modified Assessment

To be eligible for a modified skills assessment you must answer YES to at least one of the following statements and submit Form S1-M Stage 1 Modified Desk Top Assessment Application and complete the requirements for a modified skills assessment. Applicants are advised to read the Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Guide.

  1. You currently hold registration as a podiatrist from the Podiatry Board of Australia (AHPRA)
  2. You have completed a recognised, registrable, entry-level qualification in podiatry at a university in Australia or New Zealand within the two years immediately prior to the date you are applying for a migration skills assessment.

Full Assessment

If you answered NO to both of these statements you are required to submit Form S1-F Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Form and complete the requirements for a full assessment. Applicants are advised to read the Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Guide.


Lodgement methods

ANZPAC accepts applications submitted via the following methods:

Assessment Time

The standard processing time of an assessment for skilled migration can take up to four (4) weeks from the date ANZPAC receives your correctly completed application form and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form including full payment of the application fee.


On completion of the assessment you will be advised if your qualifications and skills are “suitable” or “not suitable” for migration purposes.  This letter should be included with your application to DIAC and is the document you require as evidence of a Migration Skills Assessment and is valid for three (3) years from the date of issue.


The cost for a modified assessment is $420 AUD. The cost for a full assessment is $670 AUD.  Candidates are advised to download either the Stage 1 Modified Desk Top Assessment Application Guide or the Stage 1 Full Desk Top Assessment Application Guide and follow the instructions carefully.  Incomplete or incorrect applications will result in delays in processing.


English Language Requirement for Australia

From 1 July 2015 ANZPAC will no longer require candidates to provide evidence of English proficiency.


You do need to be aware that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will require you to provide evidence of English language proficiency to register as a podiatrist in Australia.


Go to to find out more about AHPRA's English requirements.


The current English language requirements relating to visas should be researched at


Migration  Advice

ANZPAC can only provide advice relating to the skills assessment process and is not able to provide specific advice regarding the right visa for you.  To find out more information regarding your visa options please refer to the department of immigration website or to find a list of Registered Migration Agents.


For general information on the process of migrating to New Zealand please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service website


Submitting supporting documents

Electronic Copies (Certification not required)

All documents submitted electronically must be scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.


Compressed files

ANZPAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.


A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ‘.zip’ file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.


What can you attach?

ANZPAC is only able to accept the following file formats:


File Type


Microsoft Word 2002 or older document


Microsoft Word 2007 document


JPEG image file


Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file


Microsoft PowerPoint presentation document


Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document


The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application:


Maximum number of files

 Maximum size each file

Formats allowed