Emigrating to Australia as an Electrician | Intergate Emigration


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  • Are you a qualified electrician?
  • Fluent in English?
  • Under 45 years of age?

Then emigrating to Australia could well be an option for you!

There is a high demand for South African electricians to fill vacancies as there is not enough Australian electricians.

Keep reading to learn:

  • How to emigrate as an electrician.
  • Whether you qualify.
  • The process you need to follow.

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

Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO – ever heard of it? Well it's long name is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations and it plays a very important part in your emigration journey.

As an electrician the good news is your occupation is a member of this exclusive club!

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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.

It's an exclusive club with only 178 occupations currently listed on it. If yours is not one of the 178 then sorry but skilled independent emigration to Australia is not going to happen for you.

In fact electricians feature on the short term skilled occupation list twice. Electrician (General) Electrician (Master) So the good news is you have passed the first step, but don't start to celebrate just yet though. Each occupation has a code assigned to it, a skill level and also an assessing authority. In short don't think just because your job title matches an occupation on the list you are home and dry.
Now is where the fun starts and as always the devil is in the detail.

electrician australia anzsc codeThe code carries with it some important information and criteria that an electrician will need to meet to be able to emigrate to Australia.

If you have gone to the ANZSCO site you will be forgiven for being immediately confused when clicking through to the electrician link. As an example you will find the below description for codes linked to Electrician (General)

Major Group: 3 - Technicians and Trades Workers | Sub-Major Group: 34 - Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers | Minor Group: 341 - Electricians | Unit Group: 3411 -

Yes, there is 4 groups but this is simply how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the 3411 which is specific to Electricians.

Lets start with the description of what an electrician does, this might sound basic but its important that it is the right match.

Description of general electrician: Design, assemble, install, test, commission, diagnose, maintain and repair electrical networks, systems, circuits, equipment, components, appliances and facilities for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes, and service and repair lifts, escalators and related equipment. Note Automotive Electricians are excluded from this unit group.

If we tick this one off we move on to the skill level required.

electrician australia skill levelSkill Level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

  • 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.
  • Registration or licensing is required

electrician australia important information1. Unless (and as your reading this it is pretty unlikely) you qualified in New Zealand or Australia your qualification means nothing at this stage.
2. That registration or licensing is required – in other words you can't just pitch up in Australia and start working.

electrician australia getting a jobThese two factors are noteworthy when it comes to job hunting. Many electricians that are would be emigrants to Australia make the mistake of thinking the best route to emigration is to secure a job. As you can see the fact you are not 'qualified' in Australia nor licensed to carry out your occupation does not make you a very attractive proposition to any Australian employer.

So rule number one is simple first get your qualification assessed and get licensed before applying for any position.

Now lets look a little deeper at the tasks you need to be able to prove you can carry out:

- Examining blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine sequences and methods of operation.
- Measuring and laying out installation reference points.
- Selecting, cutting and connecting wire and cable to terminals and connectors.
- Using electrical and electronic test instruments to trace and diagnose faults.
- Repairing and replacing faulty wiring and defective parts.
- Positioning and installing electrical switchboards.
- Connecting electrical systems to power supply.
- Testing continuity of circuit.
- Installing, testing and adjusting electric and mechanical parts of lifts.

Once again the devil is in the detail. If you wish to emigrate to Australia as an electrician you need to able to prove you can carry out circa 80% of the tasks on this list.

There are some other basic requirements that you must meet as well which are:

- Be under age 45.
- Have adequate English.
- Yourself and any accompanying family meet the health and character requirements.
- Meet the required points – being 65 in an assessment (more later).

Emigrating to Australia as an electrician – process.

There are two ways you can go here – the right way and wrong way. Sadly many people waste money, time and end up disappointed as they go the wrong way.
Let's look at that route first.

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electrician australia emigration first stepThe first step is to go to the ANZSCO website.

On each of these pages is a little button in blue saying TRA - click this and we go through to the trade assessment authority.

Once on the site there is a very handy pathfinder tool you can click on to that will allow you to find out what you should apply for.

The very first option that is on the list is I need a skills assessment for migration purposes. That's the one we are after.

electrician australia skills assessmentOn the next screen we need to select the option I need a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a skilled visa (other than a subclass 485 or 457 visa).

If you read through this you will see that it is dependent on your occupation and what country you are from (what your passport is) as to what skills assessment you will need to complete.

As a South African electrician seeking to emigrate to Australia you are one of only 10 countries in the world that are eligible to take a skills assessment via a TRA-approved registered training organization (RTO).

electrician australia trades recognition australiaTRA standing for Trades Recognition Australia and RTO a Recognized Training Organization.

So in summary we now know that in order to have your qualification and skills assessed you need to contact the South African RTO that have been authorized to carry out your skills assessment.

In order to do this we will go to another website called Trades Recognition Australia 

Here we simply select electrician and it reveals to us that VETASSESS is our next stop.

electrician australia vetassess australiaOn the Vetassess site we can complete a quick form which confirms your eligibility as an electrician emigrating from South Africa to Australia to complete the skills assessment.

Your assessment process (either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2) depends on whether you have or don’t have an accepted Australian qualification or current Australian occupational licence. As an electrician, assuming you have no Australian qualification, your will need to select pathway one.

It's a two stop process:

Firstly you will be required to submit information on your qualifications and experience for an evidence review.

You then need to provide evidence of your employment, skills and knowledge. Your evidence must show you have at least 4 years' experience in your occupation at the skill level required. This 4 year period may include time spent in training. Your evidence must show you have worked in your occupation in the last 3 years and must be able to be verified

If successful here you would then move on to the practical test / technical interview.

electrician australia word of warningWarning – be careful at this point because this is where it starts to cost you money.

Stage one - the evidence review, comes at a price of of AUD 960 and stage two another AUD 1640.

In other words a not un-significant amount of ZAR 27000 (at time of going to press).

Let's assume you pass and the great news is you can commence with your actual application.

We are now into ensuring you pass or meet a number of other criteria:

  • Do you meet the age requirements?

  • Are you and your family able to meet the health and good character standards?

  • Do you have enough points?

  • Can you meet the English language standards?

  • Can you afford all the associated costs?

There is quite a number of things that can wrong at this point.

The reality is this may well be the wrong route to go – simply because you have started at one of the most expensive parts of the process without first ensuring that:

a) you qualify; and

b) you understand the process and associated costs.

So let's go back to the original question - where do you start your emigration process to Australia as an electrician?

I stated, quite bravely, that there is a wrong way and a right way, so I guess your sat wondering that if the skills assessment is not the right route then what is?

I stick by statement that there is a right way and a wrong way – but here is the catch!

It's not the same right way for every person.

Let's assume your a native Afrikaans speaker - your English is okay. However you have not been in a test environment for a number of years, so it may be a daunting prospect in taking an English Language exam and having to score 8 out of 9 in 4 areas:

1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Listening
4. Speaking

Well in this case the advice would be let's tick that one off before spending money on a skills assessment.

Maybe your English is superb and of no concern then the skills assessment can be done straight away.

Maybe it is simply to expensive for you to proceed at all?

My point here is that each individual person needs a tailored migration plan that clearly outlines the process and costs associated with each step.

Get your own tailored assessment

This is done at little cost (currently ZAR1550) and carried out by a licensed immigration agent with the result being a fully tailored individual report.

It is only as result of going through the assessment process and receiving written licensed advice that you can be sure you are taking the right steps at the right time and embarking on a journey that you re comfortable with.

Book your free consultation here

Learn more about the process for electricians emigrating to Australia and see if it is worth you being formally assessed.

So in summary:

Get yourself assessed.

Ensure you meet the qualifying criteria.

Ask any questions you feel you need answers to.

Get your emigration plan in writing.

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Read on for the other requirements......

Other requirements

So as a recap we know:

1. Your occupation as an electrician is a sought after skill and eligible for emigration to Australia.
2. We have ticked off the obvious in terms of you are in the right age group.
3. We know that your starting point is to get properly assessed.

Now we can have a overview of some of the other key criteria:

electrician australia health requirementsAll applicants for permanent and provisional visas including the main applicant, spouse and any members of the family unit must be assessed against the health requirement. In addition, in certain circumstances, family members who are not applying for the visa (non-migrating family members) will be assessed against the health requirement.

The department or the migration medical services provider will then decide whether or not you meet the health requirement based on your completed health examination reports.

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.

electrician australia english requirementsAs an electrician seeking to emigrate to Australia you will need to have the minimum level of 6 in IELTS or equivalent.

Note here your immigration agent should be advising on which test will suit you best whether it be for example Pearsons or IELTS.

As an electrician seeking to emigrate to Australia you will be required to achieve a points score of at least 65. 

And finally how you score points as an electrician.

PART 1 – Age

18 – 25


25 – 32


32 – 39


40 – 44


45 – 49


As you can see electrician 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 are 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 an electrician 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 an electrician 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 an electrician 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.


Emigrating to Australia is a complex process but with the right guidance its well within your reach.

At the time of writing there was 9354 places for electricians and less than 1% of these places have been filled.

If your interested in moving your electrician skills and working and living in Australia start with your basic assessment and see if your new life is a possibility.

Book your free consultation here

Learn more about the process for electricians emigrating to Australia and see if it is worth you being formally assessed.