Audiologist – ANZSCO 252711
- Audiologists provide diagnostic assessment and rehabilitative services related to human hearing defects.
- Skill Level
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Audiologist is Vocational Education and Training Assess (VETASSESS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- A qualification assessed to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher with a highly relevant major field of study + 1 year relevant employment
- The qualification must be within the following fields:
- Clinical Audiology
- Audiological Studies
- For the purposes of employment, highly relevant tasks include: Assessing and diagnosing the extent of client hearing loss using a wide range of techniques, including audiometric tests; Reporting results of assessments and tests in writing and making referrals to medical practitioners; Recommending solutions to those with hearing impairment including amplification, implantable devices, medical interventions and assistive listening devices and providing aural rehabilitation programs; Providing counselling, advice and information to clients and families as a part of overall treatment; Assisting with the development and management of noise control and hearing conservation strategies.
Potential Visa Pathways for Audiologists
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium Term)|
Group: 2527 Audiologists and Speech Pathologists/Therapists
- AUDIOLOGISTS AND SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS/THERAPISTS provide diagnostic assessment, treatment, rehabilitative services and management of human hearing defects, and communication and swallowing impairments.
- Administering and interpreting a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of detected hearing problems
- Interpreting audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data
- Evaluating total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss
- Planning, directing and participating in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programs
- Prescribing appropriate hearing aids and instructing patients in use
- Administering tests and observing patients to determine nature and extent of disorders
- Planning and conducting programs of remedial exercise to correct disorders such as stuttering and abnormal articulation
- Administering individual and group therapy for rehabilitation of patients with communication problems caused by defective hearing, cerebral palsy, surgery and injury
- Advising on treatment for children with difficulties in learning to speak
- Counselling and guiding language-handicapped individuals, their families, teachers and employers
- Skill Level
- Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
- Occupations in this Group
- 252711 Audiologist
- 252712 Speech Pathologist (Aus) / Speech Language Therapist (NZ)
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
|New South Wales||
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 2 year or more visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
- Administers and interprets a wide range of audiometric tests to determine hearing efficiency and locate sites of hearing problems.
- Interprets audiometric test results alongside other medical, social and behavioural diagnostic data.
- Evaluates total response pattern and acoustic tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic hearing loss.
- Plans, directs and participates in counselling, speech reading and other rehabilitation programmes.
Study Pathway to Audiologist
To become an audiologist you usually have to study biomedicine, biological science, health science or a related field at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in audiology.
The Master of Audiology provides the basic scientific background for audiology, an introduction to clinical work, comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical audiology along with an introduction to related research methods.
The first year of the course provides basic scientific background for audiology and an introduction to clinical work. The second year provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical audiology along with an introduction to research methods in this field.
Bachelor of Biomedicine/Master of Clinical Audiology
- Duration: 5 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $115,800 AUD/$83,600 AUD
In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (Science, Heath Sciences, Biomedicine, Linguistics, Phonetics, Psychology, Music), or equivalent.
English language requirements:
- IELTS (academic English Only): 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
- TOEFL (paper-based test): 600 +, TWE 5.0;
- TOEFL (internet-based test): 94 + Writing 27; Speaking 24; Reading 24; Listening 24
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 + no communicative skill below 65
- Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 + no skill below 185
- Master of Audiology
- Master of Audiology Studies