Understanding the AITSL Teachers Skill Assessment

AITSL Australia

Understanding the AITSL Teachers Skill Assessment

AITSL Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership

AITSL provides national leadership for the Australian State and Territories in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. The AITSL is the Skill Assessment authority for the following occupations


  • Early Childhood Teacher (ANZSCO 241111)
  • Primary School Teacher (ANZSCO 241213)
  • Middle School Teacher (ANZSCO 241311)
  • Secondary School Teacher (ANZSCO 241411)
  • Special Needs Teacher (ANZSCO 241511)
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired (ANZSCO 241512)
  • Teacher of the Sight Impaired (ANZSCO 241513)
  • Special Education Teachers (nec) (ANZSCO 241599)


Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership  can assess teachers who match the following criteria


  • qualification completed in any country
  • experience closely related to your nominated school teacher occupation
  • experience undertaken within the past 10 years
  • work experience undertaken after the completion of four years of higher education study (including completion of a recognized teacher qualification)
  • experience undertaken for at least four consecutive weeks and at least 20 hours per week
  • experience undertaken within a registered school setting or early childhood setting
  • paid employment

Skilled Migration for Teachers

The following Teachers may be eligible for the 189 Visa, 190 visa and 491


early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher 241111 AITSL
secondary school teacher 241411 AITSL
special needs teacher 241511 AITSL
teacher of the hearing impaired 241512 AITSL
teacher of the sight impaired 241513 AITSL
special education teachers (nec) 241599 AITSL


The following Teachers may be eligible for the 190 visa and 491 visa only


primary school teacher 241213 AITSL
middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) 241311 AITSL
education adviser 249111 VETASSESS
art teacher (private tuition) 249211 VETASSESS
dance teacher (private tuition) 249212 VETASSESS
music teacher (private tuition) 249214 VETASSESS
private tutors and teachers (nec) 249299 VETASSESS
School Principals 249311 VETASSESS

AITSL Assessment

An AITSL Skill Assessment is designed to examine the following criteria. The Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership are tasked with ensuring the new skilled migrants to Australia hold the equivalent level of qualification, skills and experience as that of an Australian qualified teaching professional.


The requirement for an AITSL Migration Assessment are


  • Educational
  • Professional
  • English requirement
  • Supervised teaching practice


AITSl Education Requirement


Qualifications must be comparable to at least four years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) level study in Australia.


Teaching qualifications acceptable to Australia include


  • 4 year teaching degree
  • 3 year undergraduate degree + 1 year postgraduate teaching qualification i.e. PGCE
  • These are the only qualifications acceptable


Teaching qualifications Not acceptable to Australia include


  • 3 year degree
  • Work based qualifcations
  • GTP
  • Diploma


Professional requirements for Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership


At least one year of postgraduate teaching is preferred. This is evidences through professional referencing.


English requirements for Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership


To meet the English requirements for your AITSL skills assessment you will need to have taken  the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and meet minimum score for each component as follows


  • Minimum of 7.0 for reading
  • Minimum of 7.0 for writing
  • Minimum of 8.0 for speaking
  • Minimum of 8.0 for listening


English test exemption for Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership


An applicant is exempt from the Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership English requirement if they have completed at least four full years of University study in one of the following countries


  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America


Supervised teaching practice Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership


Evidence of a minimum 45 days supervised teaching practice is mandatory for the AITSL. This evidence must be provided via an official document from the university awarding the initial teacher education qualification that adheres to the following criteria


  • be on official university letterhead
  • signed and dated by a university representative
  • details the duration of the supervised teaching practice
  • states the age range of the student taught


If a teacher is applying to the Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership as a Secondary teacher then the majority of supervised teaching practice must have been completed in a secondary setting. The same rules apply for primary and middle school teachers.


The weight of supervised teaching practice must be in the same age range as the teaching ANZSCO code being applied for.

AITSL Address

Level 8, 440 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Mailing address
PO Box 299
Collins Street West VIC 8007

Phone: 03 9944 1200
Email: [email protected]

AITSL Processing Time

AITSL Processing time is currently:

  • 1o weeks for Teachers

AITSL Cost of Skill Assessment

AITSL Skill Assessment Cost:

AITSL Fee (in AUD)
Skill Assessment $830.00

Can I teach with the AITSL Skill Assessment?

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