emigrating to australia as fitter and turner
  • Are you an experienced fitter and turner?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • Fluent in English?

Then you could be eligible to live and work in Australia! Continue reading to find out:

  • How to emigrate to as a fitter and turner.
  • If you qualify for residency in Australia.
  • The first step to take.

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

Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO, short for ‘Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations’, plays a very important part in your emigration journey and is the first place we're going to explore.

ANZSCO publish the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List ( MLTSSL). This is the list of occupations that Australia needs to fill market labour gaps. In other words it is the list of occupations that may be elgible to qualify for residency in Australia.

Here's the good news...

Fitter and turner is on the MLTSSL! This is only the first piece of the puzzle though. Each occupation on the MTLSSL has a code, skill level and assessing authority associated with it.

You have to meet the various requirements attached to each of these qualifiers in order to be eligible for emigration to Australia. Let's explore these in detail...

The ANZSCO criteria

fitter and turner australia anzsco codeThe ANZSCO code assigned to fitters and turners is 323212. This code gives us more details as to the criteria fitters and turners have to meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.

The first thing we look at is the group that fitters and turners fall under:

Major Group: 3 - Technicians and Trades Workers | Sub-Major Group: 32 - Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers | Minor Group: 323 - Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers | Unit Group: 3232 - Metal Fitters and Machinists

As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (323212) which is specific to fitters and turners.

fitter and turner australia job descriptionThis part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what a fitter and turner is supposed to be able to do:

Fits, assembles, grinds and shapes metal parts and subassemblies to fabricate production machines and other equipment.

fitter and turner australia required skill levelFitters and turners are at Skill Level 3, which means this occupation has a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:

  • NZ Register Level 4 qualification;
  • AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) Certificate IV; or
  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

When applying for emigration as a fitter and turner, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:

  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings.
  • Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment.
  • Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments.
  • Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses, and setting controls for textile machines.
  • Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal.
  • Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
  • Preparing pattern mechanisms to control the operation of textile machines used to spin, weave, knit, sew and tuft fabric.
  • Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment.
  • May erect machines and equipment on-site.

fitter and turner australia important infoUnless you qualified in Australia or New Zealand, your qualification means nothing at this stage.

Seeing as you’re reading this, it’s unlikely that you have qualified in either country.

That means registration or licensing is required. In other words, you can’t just arrive in Australia and start working.

You’ll have to get formally assessed to prove to the Australian authorities that you meet Australia’s immigration criteria.

Job or visa first - this is a conundrum that baffles many hopeful migrants. It's difficult to get a job without a visa but often you can't get a visa without job.

It's actually not as complicated as you may think. You start with an assessment. An assessment will show if you are eligible for a visa. There's no point in job hunting if you're not! Added to this, when you know that you do qualify for a visa, you can job hunt with confidence.

Want to know if you're eligible to emigrate to Australia as a fitter and turner?

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 fitters and turners 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 can be a challenge if you're not a native speaker.

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 fitter and turner 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 fitter and turner 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 fitter and turner 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

fitter and turner australia trades recognition australiaTrades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia, for the purpose of migration and skills recognition.

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) offers a number of different skills assessment programs based on your occupation, country of passport, where you studied and the type of visa you are seeking:

  • Job Ready Program: For eligible international graduates in Australia who have an Australian trade or associate professional qualification issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), based on studies in Australia.
  • TSS Skills Assessment Program: For applicants applying for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa who work in a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country.
  • Offshore Skills Assessment Program: For applicants applying for skilled migration visa (excluding 485 or TSS), who work in a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country. It is also available for applicants choosing to undertake a skills assessment in a nominated occupation who can travel to Australia or a nominated country for a skills assessment.
  • TRA Migration Skills Assessment: For eligible applicants with trade skills who are seeking permanent migration to Australia.
  • Migration Points Advice: May be required by the Department of Home Affairs to determine the number of points allocated to an applicant for certain skilled migration visas.
  • Trades Recognition Service: Skills assessments for employability or occupational licensing purposes.

fitter and turner australia word of adviceBefore you go through the assessment process you need to be aware that it is costly. You should always first be formally assessed by a licensed immigration agent (such as ourselves) and receive a recommendation that:

  • Is clear in its recommendations;
  • Confirms you can meet all the requirements;
  • Outlines all the costs;
  • Is in writing, with a defined step-by-step process.

Getting it wrong could cost you a lot of money as well as jeopardise your application.

More about the basic requirements

fitter and turner australia health requirementsAll applicants for permanent and provisional visas must be assessed against Australia's health requirements. This includes the:

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

Additionally, in certain cases, family members who are not included in the visa application (non-migrating family members) will also be assessed against the health requirement.

The Department of Home Affairs or the migration medical services provider will evaluate your completed health exam reports and decide whether or not you, and any other family members, meet Australia's health requirements.

Everyone who wants to enter Australia must be of good character and will be assessed against the 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.

Fitter and turners looking to emigrate to Australia must achieve a minimum level of 7 in an IELTS or its equivalent.

Please note: Your immigration agent should advise you on which English language test would be best for you.

fitter and turner australia points requirementEmigrating to Australia as a speech therapist will only be possible if you achieve a points score of at least 65. 

Here's how you should start your emigration

There is no single right way to approach emigration.

Why do we say this? Because each person who applies for emigration is unique and so is their personal circumstances. No two applications are ever exactly the same.

Let us explain:

Say you’re a native Afrikaans speaker - your English is okay. However, you have not been in a test environment for a number of years. It might thus be a daunting prospect to have to do an English Language exam and having to achieve a minimum points score in not one, but four areas.

In this case our advice would be to tick off the English test before spending money on a skills assessment.

On the other hand, your English could be superb and of no concern. Then the skills assessment can be done straight away.

The worst mistake you can make is assuming you know all the parts of your visa application or all the requirements to meet. Getting it wrong could mean wasting a lot of money and quite possibly a failed application too. 

The key to getting it right? Doing an immigration eligibility assessment and getting a personalised immigration plan from a licensed advisor. 

This is how Intergate Emigation can help

Our team of licensed advisors can assess your eligibility to work in Australia - so that you know for sure if you can go ahead with your immigration.

If you meet the requirements to work in Australia as a fitter and turner, our licensed advisors will discuss your visa options with you, work out a personalised immigration plan, and share the costs and process involved. 

If you choose to work with us, our advisors and our admin department will work with you to submit a complete visa application.

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