Emigrating to Australia as a Chemical Engineer | Intergate Emigration


emigrating to australia as a chemical engineer
  • Qualified chemical engineer?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • Fluent in English?
  • In good health?

Then living and working in Australia could be an option for you! Continue reading to find out:

  • How to emigrate to Australia as a chemical engineer.
  • The requirements to meet.
  • The immigration process to follow.

Let's start with the basics......

Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO is the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It’s a skills-based classification system used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour market.

Here’s why ANZSCO is critical to your immigration – ANZSCO publishes the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

What is the MLTSSL?

The MLTSSL is the list of occupations where there is a shortage of professionals in Australia to fill all the gaps in the job market. Seeing as these occupations are important for Australia’s to do well as a country, the government has approved hiring talent from overseas.

In other words -  if your occupation appears on the MLTSSL, you are in a good position to immigrate to Australia.

Here's the good news

Surveyors are on the MLTSSL!

Don’t start to celebrate just yet though. Appearing on the MLTSSL is only the first step as each occupation has a code assigned to it, a skill level and also an assessing authority. You have to meet all the requirements associated with these different parts of the process to qualify for skilled immigration.

The ANZSCO criteria

chemical engineer australia anzsco codeThe ANZSCO code assigned to chemical engineers is 233111. This code gives us more details as to the criteria chemical engineers have to meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.

The first thing we look at is the group that surveyors fall under:

Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 23 - Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals | Minor Group: 232 – Engineering Professionals | Unit Group: 2322 – Chemical and Materials Engineers

As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (232212) which is specific to chemical engineers.

This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what a chemical engineer is supposed to be able to do:

Designs and prepares specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants, and supervises industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical changes. 

Chemical engineers are an occupation at Skill Level 1, which means a level of skill equal to a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

chemical engineer australia tasksWhen applying for emigration as a chemical engineer, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:

  • Preparing designs for chemical process systems and planning control systems for processes such as those used to remove and separate components, effect chemical changes, test and evaluate fuels, transfer heat, and control the storing and handling of solids, liquids and gases.
  • Monitoring the operation and maintenance of equipment to achieve maximum efficiency under safe operating conditions.
  • Ensuring correct materials and equipment are used and that they conform to specifications.
  • Diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants and instituting remedial action.
  • Studying product utilisation and pollution control problems.
  • Reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost.
  • Planning and implementing laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards.
  • Conferring with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers, during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications.
  • Reviewing product failure data and implementing laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes, and advising on ways to overcome any problems.

Your first course of action should always be an immigration assessment to see if you have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to live and work in Australia.

Why do we say this? It’s simple – if you don’t meet the requirements, you won’t be able to apply for skilled migration.

When you proceed with an application without knowing your eligibility or thinking you qualify if you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

chemical engineer australia job adviceMany people mistakenly think that finding a job is the first step when immigrating.

In fact, the first step should always be an immigration assessment to see if you’re eligible for a work visa.

Our reasoning is two-fold. Firstly, as you may be able to guess, you won’t be able to immigrate without qualifying for a visa. Secondly, it enables you to job hunt with confidence if you are eligible for a work visa. Employers are much more likely to extend job offers if they know that you can work in Australia. .

The golden rule? Do an assessment, then find a job.

Book your free consultation here

Find out whether it is worth being assessed for emigrating to Australia as a chemical engineer.

Additional requirements - A points score of at least 65

PART 1 – Age

18 – 25


25 – 32


32 – 39


40 – 44


45 – 49


As you can see, chemical engineers in the right age bracket can achieve as much as 50% of the required 65 points just by being in the right age group.

PART 2 – English language

Superior English - IELTS 8 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘A pass’


Proficient English - IELTS 7 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘B pass’


Threshold English: Competent English (IELTS 6 or more in all 4 components or certain passport holders)


The English language test is very important in scoring points. As you can see it can be as much as 20 points but be warned - if you're not a native speaker it can be a challenge.

PART 3 – Overseas employment experience

36 months (3 years) in the last 10 years


60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years


96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years


Overseas means employment not in Australia and as per the table above we are looking for at least 3 years in your occupation as a chemical engineer to make emigration to Australia possible.

PART 4 – Australian employment experience

Points are available if an applicant has worked in Australia in their nominated occupation or closely related skilled occupation as follows: 



1 year


3 years


5 years


8 years


Note that a maximum of 20 points can be awarded for a combination of Australian and overseas work experience

PART 5 – Australian professional year

5 points are awarded if you have completed a professional year in Australia, in your nominated occupation as a chemical engineer or closely related occupation.

PART 6 – Educational qualifications

Points are awarded for the completion of qualifications either through an Australian educational institution or an overseas qualification for which the Minister is satisfied is of a recognised standard:

Doctorate (PhD) – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution


Bachelor degree or higher – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution


Diploma – Australian institution


Trade certificate – Australian institution


Qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for the applicant’s nominated occupation


Applicants only receive points for their highest single qualification – it is not possible to claim points for more than one qualification under this part.

PART 7 – Australian study

Applicants who have met the two-year Australian study requirement can obtain 5 points.

PART 8 – Credentialed community language

NAATI-accredited translators and interpreters at the paraprofessional (level 2) or higher are eligible for 5 points. A list of languages is not specified, so by implication any language assessed by NAATI at the paraprofessional level or higher should be acceptable.

PART 9 – Study in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area of Australia

Criteria are:

  • Applicant meets the 2-year Australian study requirement;

  • Studies were conducted at a campus in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area;

  • Applicant lived in in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area  during the study;

  • None of the studies was via distance education.

The relevant regional areas are all parts of Australia, excluding: greater Brisbane area, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Perth and surrounding areas and the Australian Capital Territory.


PART 10 – Partner skill

Applicant’s spouse or defacto partner:

  • Is an applicant for the same GSM visa subclass;

  • Is not an Australian permanent resident or citizen;

  • Was under the age of 45 at the time of invitation to apply for the visa;

  • Nominated a skilled occupation at the time of invitation to apply for the visa;

  • Had a suitable skills assessment in their occupation at time of invitation to apply for the visa; and

  • Had competent English at the time of invitation to apply for the visa.

PART 11 – State or Territory nomination

One way of gaining extra points as a chemical engineer seeking to emigrate to Australia is to look at state or territory nomination. Whilst this commits you to living in a certain state for or territory for 2 years it can mean those vital extra points are earned.

If you are able to look at the 190 visa option the following factors apply in order to gain 5 additional points.

  • The applicant has been invited to apply for the visa by a State or Territory government; and

  • The nomination has not been withdrawn by the State or Territory government.

If you are able to look at the 489 visa option the following factors apply in order to gain 10 additional points.

  • The applicant has been invited to apply for the visa by a State or Territory government; and

  • The nomination has  not been withdrawn by the State or Territory government.

  • The applicant has been sponsored by a relative usually resident in a designated area; and

  • The sponsorship has been accepted by the Minister.

The assessment of your occupation

chemical engineer australia engineers australia

Engineers Australia, as Australia's designed assessing authority for engineering occupations, provides fair and accurate skills assessment services to engineers who wish to migrate to Australia. 

The organisation is trusted by the Department of Home Affairs, utilised by engineers around the world and associated with prestigious international accords and organisations.


Engineers Australia will assess your qualifications and experience to help determine your eligibility for skilled immigration to Australia. You will have to do the following:

  • Choose your assessment pathway and collect your documents.
  • Create your account with Engineers Australia.
  • Lodge your skills assessment application.

chemical engineer australia adviceIt is important to know that skills assessments are costly and should thus only be done once you have had an immigration eligibility assessment done.

This means a formal assessment and a written report that does all of the following:

  • Make clear recommendations.
  • Confirms that you meet all the requirements.
    Outlines all the costs.
  • Includes a step-by-step process for the way forward.

Neglecting to do the eligibility assessment first could jeopardise your visa application and cost you a lot of money.

More about the basic requirements

chemical engineer australia health requirementsAll applicants for permanent and provisional visas must meet Australia’s health requirements to ensure a successful immigration. This includes the:

  • Main applicant;
  • Spouse; and
  • Any other members of the family unit.

The Department of Home Affairs or the migration medical services provider will evaluate the completed health exam reports to decide if applicants meet Australia’s health requirements.

Please note: In certain cases, non-migrating family members will also be assessed against the health requirements.

Everyone who wants to enter Australia must be of good character and will be assessed against Australia's character requirements. As part of your visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate or other evidence to satisfy the character requirements.

  • You will not pass the character test if:

    • you have a substantial criminal record, meaning you have been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison, or multiple sentences that add up to more than 12 months in prison. A suspended sentence is considered a prison sentence.

    • you have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:

      • while you were in immigration detention,

      • during an escape from immigration detention,

      • after an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again.

  • You are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects of involvement in criminal conduct

  • The Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence

  • Your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character

  • There is a risk that while you are in Australia you would:

    • engage in criminal conduct,

    • harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person,

    • vilify a segment of the Australian community,

    • incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it,

    • be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it.

  • You have been convicted of, or found guilty or had a charge proven for one or more sexually based offences involving a child,

  • You are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

  • You are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community.

chemical engineer australia english requirementsIn order to immigrate to Australia, you must score an IELTS 7 in all four components of your test - reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The IELTS is not the only English test available though. Your immigration agent should advise you on which English language test would be best for you.

Emigrating to Australia as a surveyor will only be possible if you achieve a points score of at least 65. 


Here's how you should start your emigration...

chemical engineer australai emigration processWhen you first start exploring the idea of emigration to Australia it’s natural to talk to friends or family who’ve already done it. While you’ll get a lot of good advice, chance are you’ll also get a lot of contradicting advice. There is good reason for this – everyone’s emigration journey is different. That’s because each person you know who’s emigrated did it under their specific profession and according to their unique set of circumstances.

For example - the dentist you know didn’t have to meet the same requirements as the entrepreneur. Another example would be your single friend’s emigration versus your neighbour’s emigration who moved their entire family.

This is why it’s critical to start your emigration with an immigration assessment. Such an assessment will reveal if you are eligible for immigration to Australia as well as the immigration pathways open to you together with the criteria to meet.

With these pieces of the puzzle in hand, you’ll then be able to map your emigration and set yourself up for success from the start.

This is how Intergate Emigration can help

Intergate Emigration can determine if you qualify to emigrate to Australia as a chemical engineer, provide licensed advice, and assist with your visa application from start to finish. 

The first step is an initial immigration assessment to see which migration pathways are available to you. This initial assessment is free and non obligatory. 

Should you choose to proceed with a comprehensive assessment, you'll get a written report highlighting your best emigration route as well as the criteria and costs involved.  

Ready to kick off the process? Simply book your free initial assessment below.

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