The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Overseas Qualification Unit provides free assessments of overseas qualifications for Queensland residents.

Overseas qualification assessments are based on guidelines developed by the Australian Government and expressed in Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) terms.

What are the benefits?

Having your overseas qualifications assessed can help with employment and further study by assisting Australian employers and educational institutions to understand your level of education in Australian terms.

Am I eligible to apply?

To apply for an assessment you must:

  • live in Queensland
  • have permission to work or study in Australia
  • have completed a post-secondary, technical, higher level vocational or higher education qualification overseas
  • have completed a qualification awarded by a recognised educational institution.

We do not assess qualifications that:

  • were completed in Australia
  • are incomplete
  • did not result in an award either at vocational, undergraduate or post-graduate levels
  • are short courses or single-subject certificates or diplomas
  • took less than 1 year full-time to complete
  • are secondary school academic awards
  • are trade qualifications
  • require an assessment for migration purposes.

Assessment for migration purposes

The Overseas Qualification Unit does not assess overseas qualifications for migration purposes. For assistance with qualification/skills assessments for migration purposes, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Assessment of non-Queensland school qualifications

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides recognition services for non-Queensland school qualifications. For more information on equivalency of school qualifications, contact the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority on (07) 3864 0299.

Applying for an assessment

  1. Complete an application form:
    1. download the Application for Overseas Qualification Assessment form (PDF, 334 KB)
    2. or to request a hard copy form be posted to you, phone 1300 369 935.
  2. Provide A4 sized certified* copies of documents, including:
    1. certificate, degree or diploma in the original language and an official English translation
    2. full academic transcript / mark sheet showing the number of years, subjects studied and results obtained in the original language and an official English translation
    3. evidence of Australian residency status (visa / VEVO)
    4. proof of name change (if applicable).
  3. Send your application form and certified* copies of documents:

    By post

    Overseas Qualification Unit
    PO Box 15483
    CITY EAST  QLD  4002

    Via email
    Email the scanned certified* copies of documents and application form to oqu@desbt.qld.gov.au.

*To be certified, documents must be signed by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations.

Outcome of assessments

If your qualification can be assessed, you will receive written formal advice (Assessment Advice). If your qualification is not able to be assessed, you will be advised of further options that you may wish to consider to have your qualifications recognised.

Help for non-English speakers

For overseas qualifications advice, a free telephone interpreter is available via the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.

Official translations

All non-English documents require official translations.

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs provides a free translating service allowing holders of certain types of visas to get key personal documents translated for free. For help in applying for the free translating service, phone 1800 962 100.

If you are not eligible for the free translating service, consider other translation providers. Visit the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) online directory to find a translator.

More information

The Overseas Qualification Unit general academic assessment fact sheet (PDF, 421KB) provides general information about the service.

Watch this video to learn about the Overseas Qualifications Unit and find out how overseas qualifications are assessed and recognised.

Last updated 25 November 2022

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