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How to Emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
Australia have two ‘Occupation in Demand Lists’ Every occupation on the MLTSSL and STSOL is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician is 341111
This is also known as the a ANZSCO Code for an Electrician
If you’re looking to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician your skills are definitely in demand.
The MLTSSL is the Premier List for Australian Immigration and means your visa does not need to be tied to any employer. You can be in charge of your own destiny in Australia.
You don’t even need a job in Australia to apply. The Skilled Visa for Electricians is about you, your skills and how you’re going to benefit the Australian economy.
According to the ANZSCO Classification Schedule the code for Electrician contains the following Migration Groups and Sub Groups
- Major Group: 3 – Technicians and Trades WorkersSub-Major Group: 34 – Electrotechnology and
- Telecommunications Trades Workers | Minor Group: 341 – Electricians
- Unit Group: 3411 – Electricians
Role description for an Electrician migrating to Australia
341111 Australia Migration Code Description: Installs, tests, connects, commissions, maintains and modifies electrical equipment, wiring and control systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Requirements to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
According to ANZSCO those looking to migrate to Australia as an Electrician must demonstrate qualifications equivalent to Skills Level 3 on the Australian Qualification Framework (“AQF”).
If you’re emigrating to Australia from the UK as an Electrician you’ll be expected to have at least NVQ Level 3 and if you’re looking to emigrate from South Africa to Australia, you’ll need an Advanced National certificate. Those looking to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician from North America and Canada will be expected to hold Red Seal Qualifications.
Minimum work experience required to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
You are required to have over three years’ experience although time spent in training or on an apprenticeship can count towards this time.
Am I eligible to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician?
Once you’ve satisfied the occupational requirements for ANZSCO then it’s time to look at overall emigration points which can be calculated below:
Age Points to Emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
Age 18 – 24 = 25 points
Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
Age 45 = Not eligible for skilled migration although may still be eligible for Permanent residency status via the TSS Visa.
English Language Ability Points
Good = 20 points
Medium = 10 points
Basic = 0 points
Work Experience Points
- 3 to 5 years = 5 points
- 5 to 8 years = 10 points
- 8 years + = 15 points
Qualification Points to Emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
- Degree = 15 points
- Trade Qualification = 10 points
We will always make an application across the State Sponsored visa class of Permanent Residency so add in a further 5 or 10 points as required.
Process to Emigrate to Australia as an Electrician
Once you’ve satisfied ANZSCO and calculated a minimum of 65 emigration points it’s time to start looking at getting your migration case underway.
Free Visa Assessment for Electricians Migrating to Australia in 2024
Electrician Skills Assessment for Australia
Every occupation, trade and profession have their own skills assessment body. It’s their job to say that you are who you say you are, and that you have the right skills, experience and qualifications.
In the case of ANZSCO Code 341111 the Australian Skills Assessment body for Electrician is TRA: Trades Recognition Australia although Trades Recognition Australia outsource the assessment for Electrician to Vetassess.
Training and employment Check
Stage one is the collation of a decision ready bundle of documents which can be used by the assessment body to evidence and substantiate your skills, training, qualifications and experience.
You will require:
- Very specific references for every role you’ve held
- Details of your apprenticeship
- Suitable ID Documentation
If you’ve periods of self employment or contracting we’re going to need to work very closely to ensure the documentation bundle is 100% compliant. Rest assured, we’ll be with you every step of the way and don’t worry, even if certain things might be difficult to source we will usually be able to assist or find a suitable workaround.
Technical interview or practical assessment for the Electricians Skill Assessment
These practical assessments take place at various test centers at regular intervals and we’ll make sure you’re fully prepared.
An english test isn’t required to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician insofar as Skills Assessment is concerned although it’s always our recommendation that clients sit an english test from a purely emigration points perspective.
The Skills Assessment is a mandatory part of the Australia Emigration process and we can’t move on to other stages of the application without it. However, unlike many occupations the skills assessment for those looking to emigrate to Australia as an electrician serves a dual purpose.
Offshore Technical Skills Record OTSR
Whilst the primary purpose of an electrical skills assessment is to facilitate the next stage of the migration process the dual purpose of an electrical skills assessment is the issuing of an OTSR. Even though its called an ‘Offshore’ record, it has nothing to do with working offshore. It’s simply a technical term used to describe the certificate as its issued outside of Australia, so offshore.
Your OTSR is a Certificate that verifies and recognizes all of your skills, qualifications and experience in your home country so you can start work in Australia as an electrician from day one. By holding an OTSR you’ll be automatically awarded your formal electrical examinations in Australia less a couple of mandatory modules that will form part of your Australian Context examinations.
Getting Licensed in Australia
When qualified individuals are looking to emigrate to Australia as an electrician of course they want to know all the details around immigration although they also want to know the facts around getting their full license to work as an electrician in Australia which is something the dedicated Electrical Migration team at Lets Go Global also take great pride in assisting with. Getting Licensed to work as an electrician in Australia starts with Skills Assessment which we’ve described in detail above and ends when your A Grade license is awarded.
Every electrician emigrating to Australia needs to go onto a Provisional license in the first instance, regardless of length of time served, or level of qualifications. As you can appreciate, this is purely from a standard health and safety perspective. Australia imports many electricians from all over the World, not just the UK, Europe, Canada, US and South Africa and so they have to make doubly certain everyone is working to the same standards.
During this time on your Provisional license you’ll be working towards the Australian Context exams which are best described as top up or equivalency exams converting your skills into an Australian setting.
On average most good, qualified individuals emigrating to Australia as an electrician take around six months to convert from their Provisional License to their full A Grade.
I Want to Emigrate to Australia as an Electrician, Can I do My Gap Training in My Home Country?
We recommend Gap Training is done in Australia for Compliance purposes
How do I apply for my A Grade License?
With an Offshore Technical Skills Record and Australian GAP Training completed an applicant may apply for their A Grade License in the State or Territory they wish to work and reside. The A Grade Electrical License is transferable within Australia although a registration fee will apply when an applicant registers in another State.
Expression of Interest
After receiving a positive Skills Assessment an Expression of Interest can be lodged which places you into a pool of candidates all looking to migrate to Australia as an Electrician. It is important therefore that you build the strongest possible case to receive an invitation to apply for your formal skilled visa.
The final stage of your migration to Australia as an Electrician is your formal application to the Department of Home Affairs after receiving an invitation to apply. At this stage police checks and medicals are required.
What Australia Visas are available for an Electrician?
The main skilled visa classes of 189 and 190 bring what’s termed Permanent residency Status from day one. Permanent Residency for an Electrician means you’ll be able to:
- Live and work in Australia
- Enter and leave without the need for further visas
- Access Medicare
- Access education for children without contribution
- Access financial services
- Own property
- Sponsor other eligible family members after two years
- Apply for full citizenship and dual nationality after four years
Can my family join me on a skilled visa?
Yes, with the additional bonus that your partner may not even need to do a skills assessment in their own right for whatever occupation they hold. The rights and privileges afforded to the main visa holder are passed onto partners and children automatically.
Employer Sponsored Visas for Electricians Emigrating to Australia
Electrician is on the MLTSSL for Australia which means it’s eligible for the TSS Employer Sponsored Visa and whilst this visa is initially classed as temporary it can convert to fill Permanent Residency Status after three years.
Occupation Ceilings for Electricians Emigrating to Australia Migration
Occupation ceilings dictate how many skilled visas are issued to applicants in a particular year. For 2024 the occupation ceiling for Electricians immigrating to Australia is 8245.
190 State Nomination for Electricians Emigrating to Australia
The following Australian States and Territories currently offer their weight to the 190 Visa class for Electricians emigrating to Australia
Do I need a job to emigrate to Australia as an Electrician?
Not usually. The 189 visa class does not require a formal job offer although some States and Territories do require this for the 190 subclass.
Jobs in Australia for Electricians
The Job market in Australia for Electricians remains constant and is expected to do so for the next five years. There are currently 232,441 Electricians working in Australia with the majority of these employed on a full-time basis. Unemployment for qualified Electricians in Australia is well below the national average.
Average Salary in Australia for an Electrician
- Average Salary for Electrician in Australia is $85.23 per hour
- The average salary for an Electrician is $85,661 per year in South Australia
- The average for an Electrician in New South Wales: $88.38 per hour
- The average salary for an Electrician in Queensland: $80.42 per hour
- The average salary for an Electrician in Western Australia: $92.88 per hour
Hear from Michael, an Electrician who emigrated to Australia