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Old 02-17-2010, 04:03 PM
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My name is Igor Paspalj, and I'm having a big dillema for a last couple of days, and can't find a proper answer to one issue considering ''Occupation list'' on Australia immigration site.

I'm holding degree Master of Music (Theory and Harmony), and for last 3 years I'm working as a assistent professor on University - Academy of Arts in Bosnia And Herzegovina. Before that, I used to work as a primary music school teacher, and secondary music school teacher for a year.

Now, at Australia occupation list, there's:

Music Teacher (Private) - 50 points
Primary school teacher - 60 points
Secondary school teacher - 60 points

I'm interested in which category I'm in, since there's no University teacher or assistant in this list (just for check, I went to immigration to Canada, and there is Academy - assistant professor). And what occupation I should chose, because, this 10 points make a crucial difference of meeting or not meeting requirements for skilled visa.

Hope somebody can provide me with some answers, since I couldn't fine one anywhere.

Thank you all in forward

Igor Paspalj

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Old 02-18-2010, 04:24 AM
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Hi Igor and welcome to the forum,
I do not know that I can be a huge help to you as far Asssistant Professor category for having a look at A-Z Occupations List - Australian Skills Recognition Information the closest we would have is University Lecturer and that does not really get any rating with 0 points.

It seems you've already covered that and as to your other options it would probably be best for you to consider the Secondary School Teacher category for though Primary Teacher has equivalent points, a Secondary Teacher category has a higher priority rating.
In considering it or Primary Teaching you'll need to look at the Teaching Australia qualification requirements, basically a four year degree course inclusive of a years teacher training course.

Other than accruing sufficient points, a basic requirement for independent skilled immigration is also having 12 months experience in the past 24 and I am not aware of how Immi would view University teaching as experience for a Secondary Teacher category, hopefully it being close enough, it being at a higher level though no certainty there.

There have been a number of recent changes re immigration regulations, a reference to them in a sticky thread at the top and main issue for people other than getting sufficient points is that aside from the Employer Sponsored approach, there'll be a reliance on what are to be called State Migration Plans for people to have a priority allocation to get visas processed within a reasonable time [ otherwise, applicants could be waiting for an indefinite several years if ever period ] .

As for teaching in Australia I would expect it would also be of a great help to finding work if you have the ability to teach in other subjects as well, languages or arts etc.

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Old 02-22-2010, 04:03 PM
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Hi Igor, In order to be sucessfully assessed by TA (Teaching Australia) you are required to hold either a full 3 year degree, and then a 1 year full time Higher DIp Ed, or alternatively a full teaching degree. WIthout this you would not be sucessfully assessed by TA. The only other assessment proceedure would be through VETASSESS but then you would only be awarded 50 points.

If you wish to choose Secondary or Primary school teacher you are now required to show that you have completed a minimum of 12 months full time employment in that field in the 2 years prior to making the application. You have stated that you have been in a university for the past 3 years so that will not be an option.

A new SOL (skilled occupations list) will be released on 30 April this year, and it is more than likely that this list will come into play on 1 July. It is anticipated that many occupations will be deleated from this list, and then it will only be possible to be considered if a State or Territory agree to sponsor applicants with occupations not on SOL and this will be subject to their specific needs.

It is a very complicated process at the best of times and with the immediate revokation of MODL and the impending changes, many people are going to be ineligible after 1/7 and at best should consider pushing to get applications lodged as soon as possible.

Hope this helps.. As a non registered Australian Migration Consultant (for the past 15 years) working out of South Africa I am pretty clued up on all the requirements.

Regards. Mary

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