Important announcements

News and updates for migrating engineers.

Please note: Engineers Australia will shut down during Christmas and New Year between 24th December 2020 and 10th January 2021.

Applications lodged between 7th December 2020 and 31st January 2021 are expected to be affected by the shutdown period and may experience a service delay. Fast Track may take longer than the advertised 20 working days to be claimed by an assessor but will be addressed first.

Direct Debit payments for January 2021 will be processed in the week of 11 January 2021.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to working closely with you again in the new year.

Engineers Australia is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the applicant’s personal information, so has updated the Appointment Migration Agent form.

By signing the Appointment Migration Agent form, the applicant authorises and consents to Engineers Australia processing, collecting, using and disclosing personal information provided by the migration agent for the assessment purpose.

Please note that the fees for the Migration Skills Assessment services will change on the 1 September 2019.

Download the new fee structure

Engineers Australia has launched its new online service, the Migration Skills Assessment Fast Track. Fast tracked applications will be assigned to an assessor, as soon as possible. Please refer to our fee schedule for the current amount of the Fast Track fee.
Applicants submitting a new application online can now select the Fast Track option directly at the point of payment. Their application will automatically be placed at the top of the assessment queue for processing.
Please refer to the Assessment fee page for further information about the fast track fee. Applicants who have already lodged an application but did not pay the fast track fee at the point of submission can still access this service, by using our online fee payment form.
If you have already paid the Fast Track fee at the point of submission, do not pay the Fast Track fee again.

From the 1st January 2016, Engineers Australia will be accepting the TOEFL IbT as an alternative English Language Test to address the English language competency element of the Migration Skills Assessment.
Applicants submitting their application on or after the 1st January 2016 will be able to provide either an IELTS test result form with a score of 6 or more in each of the 4 modules, or a TOEFL IbT result with the following minimal scores for each module:    

Minimal Score TOEFL IbT
Listening 12
Reading 13
Writing 21
Speaking 18

Applicants will need to upload the test results, as well as write their registration number.
TOEFL IbT results will be accepted up to 2 years after the test date.
Information about TOEFL IbT can be found on the ETS website.

Engineers Australia will be upgrading its IT infrastructure at the end of March.

When will this happen?

Engineers Australia’s online portal will be temporarily made unavailable during 22- 25 March. During this time, you will not be able to log in to EA’s Portal to initiate, submit or continue your application.

How will this impact me?

  • If you intend to initiate a new application, we recommend that you postpone initiating your application until 1 April, at which time all maintenance operations will be finalised. However, we are aware that delaying is not always an acceptable option. In this case, please make sure you finish your submission and pay for your application before 22 March.
  • If you have an unsubmitted (unpaid) application that remains so after 22 March, your application will be cancelled. If you wish to pursue your current unsubmitted application, we recommend that you finish and submit it before this date. Otherwise you will need to lodge the application again once the services are restored.
  • If you have lodged an application prior to 22 March or have an in-progress application in the system before this date, the assessors will continue to process your application and will communicate with you via email to ask for additional information when required. Once these applications are completed you will receive the outcome as usual.
  • If you are not under strong time constraints we recommend postponing submitting any new applications until 1 April. This will minimise the impact on your applications.

Ethical Standards

Information you provide to Engineers Australia may be used for data matching with Australian Government agencies. Engineers Australia reserves the right to use software applications to screen your submitted work for matches either to published sources or to other submitted applications. Misleading and false information is viewed as a major breach of ethical behaviour. We refer applicants to the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics, in particular the demonstration of integrity, available here. Please also refer to Section C and Section D for further details regarding plagiarism, fraudulent documents and ethical behaviour. The sanctions regarding misleading applications include notification to the Department of Home Affairs and up to 36 months ban from applying for a skills assessment with Engineers Australia.


Career Episodes must be based on work conducted personally by you and must be written entirely in your own words. Presenting work conducted by others as your own and/or using other people’s words (templates, Career Episodes, online sources etc.) is considered plagiarism and is a violation of Engineers Australia’s code of ethics. This carries significant penalties including the rejection of the application, imposition of a ban up to 36 months and/or reporting of your details to the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation and action. Please Note: It is not sufficient to merely describe work in which you were involved. Career Episodes must be written in the first person singular clearly indicating your own personal role in the work described. Remember, it is what I did, not what we did or what ‘I was involved in’ and describe how you did it.


Having your Career Episodes written by another person or persons (this includes all hiring or use of any 3rd party professional writers/companies to assist or complete your documentation) constitutes unethical behaviour and may result in serious consequences including but not limited to:

1) Immediate rejection of the application along with the imposition of a ban up to 36 months

2) Mandatory reporting of the applicant’s details to the Department of Home Affairs

Engineers Australia is aware of various entities offering CDR writing services. Please be advised that Engineers Australia does not, in any way, endorse or have any affiliation with these entities and does not condone applicants engaging these services. Applicants are required to complete their own applications and personally write their Career Episodes.

Engineers Australia reserves the right to impose or extend the ban period when the unethical behaviour was found at any stage of the process.

Due to the high demand request for Fast Track service, Engineers Australia has to extend its Fast Track processing timeframe. From 1st April 2018, the Fast Track applications will be assigned to an assessor for processing within 20 working days.

From the 1st november 2017, Engineers Australia accepts the Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as the evidence of applicant’s English language competency.

The minimum acceptable score is 50 in each of the 4 modules of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The test result form must be less than 2 years old at the time of lodgement of the assessment application.

Please note, you must send your PTE Academic score through Pearson’s online secure portal to “Engineers Australia” so that we can verify your result. Please refer to Pearson’s website for the detailed instructions on how to do it.

Pakistan, represented by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became a full signatory of the Washington accord on the 21st June 2017.

Holders of accredited qualifications from Pakistan completed in or after 2017 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of Washington Accord accredited qualifications available on the PEC website and be completed in or after 2017.

Congratulations to PEC for their work over the last decade leading to becoming the 19th full signatory of the Washington Accords!

All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide an evidence of their English language competency in their application unless they are eligible for an exemption.
From 1 October 2017, if a suitable English Test result is not provided in the application at the time of lodgement, it will be requested by the assessor. Failure to provide a suitable English Test Result within the imparted timeframe (usually 1 month) will result in the application being closed as unsuccessful.
Please include your English language test result in your application.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Suitable English Language Tests are TOEFL iBT, IELTS General, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic
  • Minimum scores in each modules are:
Listening 6 12 50
Reading 6 13 50
Writing 6 21 50
Speaking 6 18 50

To streamline the Migration Skills Assessment process, Engineers Australia is implementing the following assessment policies from 15 March 2017:

  1. the applicant is given ONLY one opportunity to address any shortcoming(s) identified by the skills assessor
  2. a response to ALL of the shortcomings is required within 30 days
  3. to provide incomplete information OR no response within the stipulated time-frame may result in the application to be closed

China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2nd June 2016.
Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.
Whilst CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited course is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.
For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.
Congratulations to CAST for their work over the last decade leading to successful recognition in the Washington Accords!

Applications for a standard Migration Skills Assessment will have to be lodged online only. Should an applicant not have access to the necessary technology, please contact us.
Did you lodge a paper based application?
Since November 2014, Engineers Australia is no longer accepting new paper based Migration Skills Assessment applications. All applicants now have to submit their application online.
On the 1st January 2016, Engineers Australia will close all the pending assessment applications based on a paper based file and will stop further processing of the paper based applications.
If you have lodged a paper based application, and have received a request for additional documentation, please provide the requested additional documentation before the 1st January 2016.
If you have lodged a paper based application, and you are not sure what the status of this application is, please contact our Member Services team.
Applications left incomplete after the 1st January 2016 will be closed. Applicants will need to lodge a new online application if they wish to obtain an assessment.
If you have already obtained an assessment from a paper based application, and would like to apply for the additional assessment of your work experience and/or overseas PhD, please apply following the process for paper based applications before the 1st January 2016. After this date, applicants seeking the additional assessment of their relevant work experience or additional PhD will have to lodge a full application online, and request for the fee of the standards assessment to be refunded.

Engineers Australia will grant an exemption to the qualified applicants from the English language test moving forward:

  • applicant who is a citizen of and holds a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland


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