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 Immigration To Australia For Engineers


Australia's spectacular resources boom has run into serious shortages of skilled labour, with the lack of engineers, in particular, plaguing industry employers and causing them to delay projects.

“Engineers are absolutely essential for the rollout of infrastructure of roads, rail and ports and Australia’s recovery may be jeopardized if we do not have adequate skills and people in these critical roles”. Chris Walton, Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia, said.

 In a recent survey, sixty percent of engineers who responded to the survey identified skills deficiencies within their workplaces, and 40 per cent said that their organization did not have the right mix of engineering skills to meet current or future demands. Engineers Australia estimates 70,000 engineers will have retired in the five years to 2011, but there will be just 45,000 graduates. The following table indicates the wage rates that Engineers in Australia are currently being paid in $AUD.





Sub -Sector




Avg. Min

Avg. Max


Automotive Engineering




Chemical Engineering




Civil Engineering




Electrical Engineering




Electronics Engineering




Mechanical Engineering




Piping Engineering




Plant / Maintenance




Process Engineering





Engineers Immigration Process  For Australia

Before you apply for Australian skilled migration as an Engineer, you must have in hand positive skill assessment from Engineers Australia.

Engineers Australia
 is the designated authority to assess professional and Para-professional qualifications in engineering for the purposes of skilled migration to 
Australia for most engineering occupations.

Occupational Categories in Engineering


Australia recognizes three occupational categories within the engineering team in Australia:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Associate

For migration purposes, an additional category of Engineering Manager is also recognised.

Pathways to Recognition 

There are two pathways to recognition of your qualifications:

a) Through recognised (accredited) Engineering Qualifications. If you have done your engineering from UK, USA, Canada etc. you are covered under this pathway.
b) Through a Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) for non-recognised qualifications. If you have done your engineering from India, Pakistan etc., you are covered under this pathway. 

English Language Requirements 

All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English language competency. Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the four modules of speaking, listening, reading and writing in either the 'General Training' or 'Academic' version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).   

The following applicants may be exempt from the requirement to provide an IELTS assessment result:

  • Applicants who are native English speakers;
  • Applicants who have completed an Australian undergraduate engineering qualification;
  • Applicants who have completed a Masters Degree or PhD program at an Australian university

The Assessment Process

You would submit your application with all relevant documents plus assessment fee. When your application arrives, a receipt will be posted to you within 5 to 7 working days. Assessment may take up to four weeks from the date of receipt.  

Visa Application

Once you have received your positive skill assessment, you can apply for your visa. Once your visa application is approved, you can move with your family to Australia. 

Free Online Assessment 

Please click on the relevant button below to get started on your free visa assessment. Process is quick and easy.

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