EMIGRATING TO AUSTRALIA AS A QUANTITY SURVEYOR

emigrating to australia as a quantity surveyor
  • Are you a qualified quantity surveyor?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • In good health?
  • Fluent in English?

Then emigrating to Australia may be an option for you! Continue reading to find out:

  • The criteria to meet to emigrate to Australia as a quantity surveyor.
  • What is expected of you by Immigration Australia.
  • The immigration process to follow.

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

Introducing ANZSCO

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) provides information used by Australia to check the skill levels of jobs, and the qualifications and/or experience needed to work in those jobs when assessing applicants for certain visas. 

There are three lists within ANZSCO:

  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

If your occupation appears on one of these lists, you may be eligible for emigration to Australia.

Here's the good news

Quantity surveyors are on the MLTSSL!

This means 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 to do well as a country, the government has approved hiring talent from overseas.

Don't start celebrating just yet!

Appearing on the MLTSSL is only the first step.

Each occupation has a code assigned to it, a skill level and also an assessing authority, and you have to meet all the requirements associated with these different parts of the process to qualify for a skilled migration visa.

The ANZSCO criteria

The ANZSCO code assigned to quantity surveyors is 233213. This code gives us more details about the criteria quantity surveyors have to meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.

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

Major Group: 2 - Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 23 - Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals | Minor Group: 233 – Engineering Professionals | Unit Group: 2332 – Civil Engineering Professionals

As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (233213) which is specific to quantity surveyors.

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

Estimates and monitors construction costs from the project feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond. 

Quantity surveyors is a Skill Level 1, which means you must have a level of skill comparable with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In the absence of a formal qualification, at least five years of relevant experience may act as a substitute.

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 quantity surveyor, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:

  • Determining construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures.
  • Organising and directing site labour and the delivery of construction materials, plant and equipment, and establishing detailed programs for the coordination of site activities.
  • Obtaining soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and testing samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determining the safe loading for the soil.
  • Studying architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to estimate total costs, and preparing detailed cost plans and estimates as tools to assist in budgetary control.
  • Monitoring changes to designs, assessing effects on cost, and measuring, valuing and negotiating variations to designs.
  • Analysing structural systems for both static and dynamic loads.
  • Designing structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways.
  • Assessing present and future travel flow patterns taking into account population increase and needs change.
  • Designing the physical aspects of transportation systems such as highways, railroads, urban transit, air transportation, logistical supply systems and their terminals.

Many 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 have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to live and work in Australia.

Why do we say this?

Our reasoning is two-fold.

Firstly, if you don’t meet the requirements for skilled migration, you won’t be able to apply for a visa.

Secondly, doing an assessment first and knowing for sure that you’re eligible for immigration enables you to job hunt with confidence. 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 if you're eligible for emigrating to Australia as a quantity surveyor.

Additional requirements - A points score of at least 65

PART 1 – Age

18 – 25

25

25 – 32

30

32 – 39

25

40 – 44

15

45 – 49

0

As you can see quantity surveyors 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’

20

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

10

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

0

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

5

60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years

10

96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years

15

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 quantity surveyor 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: 

 Years

Points

1 year

5

3 years

10

5 years

15

8 years

20

Note that a maximum of 20 points can be awarded for a combination of Australian and overseas work experience
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PART 5 – Australian professional year

5 points are awarded if you have completed a professional year in Australia, in your nominated occupation as a quantity surveyor 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 a recognised standard:

Doctorate (PhD) – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution

20

Bachelor degree or higher – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution

15

Diploma – Australian institution

10

Trade certificate – Australian institution

10

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

10

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.

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PART 10 – Partner skill

Applicant’s spouse or de facto 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 quantity surveyor 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

The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is nominated by the Department of Home Affairs as the relevant assessing authority for the occupation of quantity surveying.

You’ll need to have your skills assessed by the AIQS prior to submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI). The AIQS will assess your skills and/or qualifications as either ‘suitable’ or ‘not suitable’ for your nominated occupation against the AIQS requirements it has established.

Skilled migration assessments are assessed under one of three separate pathways dependent on where you gained your academic qualifications:

  • Pathway 1: Australian Accredited Qualification.
  • Pathway 2: Non Accredited Australian Qualification with Two Years Employment.
  • Pathway 3: Overseas Trained Applicant.
  • Pathway 4: Current Financial Corporate Member of AIQS/Recognised Association.

Skills assessments are costly! Our advice is thus to only do a skills assessment once you've had an immigration assessment done. 

In doing so, you'll receive a written report that confirms whether or not you meet all the requirements. Your report will also make clear recommendations on the way forward and outline all the costs involved in your visa application.

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

More about the basic requirements

All applicants for permanent and provisional visas must meet Australia’s health requirements to qualify for 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.

In 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 quantity surveyor will only be possible if you achieve a points score of at least 65. 

 

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

Here’s something most people get wrong – they assume there is one right of emigrating.
The truth is that every individual who emigrates do it differently.

No two people have had the exact same education with the exact same work experience. One person is emigrating on their own while the next person is emigrating with their family. Each of these examples will lead to unique emigration pathways.

The secret to getting it right? Getting a tailored immigration plan from a licensed advisor to know which steps to take and when to do so. This approach maximizes your chances of success and reduces unnecessary costs.

How do you do this? By completing an immigration assessment which assess your education, skills, experience, and unique situation against the immigration criteria set out by Australia.

This is how Intergate Emigration can help

Intergate Emigration offers everyone a free and non-obligatory initial immigration assessment. If this initial assessment shows you are eligible for immigration, you can choose to proceed with a formal assessment. This is an in-depth process during which you’ll complete a questionnaire and provide supporting documentation. 

At the end of the formal assessment you’ll get a written report highlighting your emigration route and options as well as requirements and all the costs.

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

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