Psychologists nec – ANZSCO 272399
- Psychologists Nec investigate, assess, and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational, and occupational adjustment and development.
Note: this occupation group covers Psychologists not elsewhere classified
- Skill Level
- Counselling Psychologist
- Sport Psychologist
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 Psychologist Nec is Australian Psychological Society (APS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be less than 50 years old
- English Language Requirements
- IELTS – minimum score of 7 in all components
- PTE Academic – minimum score of 65 in all components
- TOEFL iBT – minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking
- Qualification Requirements
- Applicant must have completed qualifications that are comparable to six years of study in psychology in Australia; OR
- Hold unconditional general registration as a psychologist in Australia at the time of the application
- Employment Experience Requirements
- In countries where there is a state/national registration for psychologists (e.g. Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, USA), applicants must have worked as a registered psychologist for at least three years; or
- In countries where there is no state/national registration for psychologists, applicants must have worked in a psychological role for at least 3 years after attaining their highest psychologist qualification
- If the applicant attained a research-only postgraduate degree in psychology, they must have worked in an academic role at a recognised tertiary institution or at least one year in Australia or three years overseas
- Documentation Requirements
- Applicants must be able to provide evidence of their relevant employment history; and
- Applicants must also provide supporting documentation to demonstrate they were employed as a psychologist or in a psychological role
- Note: If you have completed your qualification in New Zealand, you can obtain registration in Australia through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement
Potential Visa Pathways for Psychologist Nec
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium
Group: 2723 Psychologists
- Investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.
- Collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders
- Administering and interpreting diagnostic tests and formulating plans for treatment
- Developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs
- Consulting with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans
- Conducting research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance
- Collecting data and analysing characteristics of students and recommending educational programs
- Formulating achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction
- Developing interview techniques, psychological tests and other aids in workplace selection, placement, appraisal and promotion
- Conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management
- Performing job analyses and establishing job requirements by observing and interviewing employees and managers
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.
- Occupations in this Group
- 272311 Clinical Psychologist
- 272312 Educational Psychologist
- 272313 Organisational Psychologist
- 272314 Psychotherapist
- 272399 Psychologists nec
How to calculate your points (skilled visas)
To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.
Points will be given to you based on the following:
- Educational Qualifications
- Points for Professional Year
- Points for NAATI- Credentialled Community Language
- Points for 2 Year Study
- Points for English
- Points for Regional Study
- Points for Work Experience
- Points for Specialist Educational Qualifications (STEM)
- Points for Partner
Click here to calculate your points.
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
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The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 18-month 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.
Study Pathway to Psychologist Nec
To become a psychologist you usually have to complete a degree with a major in psychology or a four-year Bachelor of Psychology. This is followed by either an accredited two-year postgraduate qualification (majoring in a specialisation of psychology) or two years of supervised experience with a registered psychologist. Psychology can be studied as a major in an arts, social science or science degree. The fourth year of bachelor degree study, which is needed to satisfy registration requirements, may be undertaken as an honours year in the Bachelor of Psychology degree or as a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.
Bachelor of Psychology
- Duration: 4 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $145,400 AUD
- English proficiency requirement – IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- Academic score requirements may apply depending on the country in which you obtained your qualifications
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Psychological Science