ANZSCO: 234112 Agricultural Scientist Skill Assessment

Last Updated on December 18, 2022 by Ozlinks Education

If you are an international student or migrant with a degree in Agricultural Science who wants to migrate to Australia and apply for one of the following points-tested General Skilled Migration (GSM) Visas such as 491, 189, or 190, you are required to have a skills assessment for your ANZSCO: 234112 Agricultural Scientist from VETASSES. This is one of the most essential requirements that must be met in order to apply for a General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa.

What does an agricultural scientist do?

Agricultural scientists are responsible for collecting data and conducting analyses on samples of different types of crops, feed, soil, and other elements that influence production. It is important for farmers and farm managers to receive advice on the best methods for increasing crop and livestock yields.

Agricultural scientist job description?

According to the information sheet provided by VETASSESS and the Australian Bureau of Statistics The following is a description of the job duties associated with the ANZSCO: 234112 Agricultural Scientist position:

Tasks Include:

  • collecting and analysing data and samples of produce, feed, soil and other factors affecting production
  • studying the environmental factors affecting commercial crop production, pasture growth and animal breeding
  • studying the effects of cultivation techniques, soils, insects and plant diseases on animal and crop production
  • developing procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving the efficiency of production

What is an alternative job title?

The alternate job title for an Agricultural Scientist is an Agricultural Adviser.

Alternative Title:

  • Agronomist

Advises farmers, agricultural businesses, rural industries and government on the production, processing and distribution of farm products.

Closely related Occupations in ANSZCO Unit Group 2341

  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Forester (Aus) / Forest Scientist (NZ)

Who is the assessing authority?

The assessing authority for the ANZSCO: 234112 Agricultural Scientist is VETASSESS.

What are the skill assessment requirements?

To meet the requirements for an Agricultural Scientist’s skills assessment, you must have both the required level of qualifications and the required length of work experience.


The ANZSCO: 234112 Agricultural Scientist requires a qualification that is considered to be the same level of education as an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). A Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in a field that is very relevant to the nominated occupation. The qualifications are assessed according to the guidelines set out by the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment of the Australian Government.

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science & Management
  • Crop Science
  • Viticulture
  • Plant and Animal Production
  • Precision Agriculture


Applicants must also have had at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification work at an appropriate skill level in the last five years. This work must have been done after they got their qualifications. The employment assessment looks at how skilled the person is and how important the tasks are. Integrity checks can be done to make sure that the qualifications and job claims on an application are true.

For a positive Skills Assessment Outcome, both the qualifications and the minimum of 12 months’ work experience as an Agricultural Scientist must be met.

What documents do I need for skill assessment?

The following is a summary of the documentation list that you need in order to submit your application for the skill assessment. Please visit VETASSESS for a comprehensive list of all of the document requirements. Documents in a language other than English have to be translated by a professional translator first.

  • Passport and passport photo
  • Proof of identity, including a national ID or driver’s license
  • qualification certificate and academic transcript.
  • employment evidence, including an employment letter, payslips, and superannuation.

What will I get after the assessment?

When your application for a skills assessment is done, the assessing authority will send you an email with a soft copy of the skills assessment outcome letter.

The letter should contain the required skill level outcome, whether your qualification is assessed as comparable to the education level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or not. Furthermore, it outlines the employment period that you have claimed and whether the evidence that you provided is met or not. If you meet both the qualifications and employment criteria for the skill assessment, you will get a positive result. If you don’t, you will get an unsuccessful result. 

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Processing Time

The full skills assessment process for this occupation will take between 12 and 20 weeks from the date you submit and pay for the application to VETASSESS. The time it takes to finish depends on how quickly VETASSESS get all of the required documents and any other information from you. Making sure you've given all the necessary documents in the right format will help cut down on the time it takes to process.

Application Fees

The following table provides an outline of the fees that are charged by VETASSESS in accordance with it for the purpose of their service of full skill assessments for professional occupations.

Application Fees – Full Skills Assessment

Applicant is a resident of Australia for tax purposes* (fee includes GST)

AUD $1058.20

Applicant is NOT a resident of Australia for tax purposes*(fee excludes GST)

AUD $962.00

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Why do I need help with skill assessment?

Each assessing authority that evaluates skills has its own set of rules, procedures, and time limits. The criteria are backed by an assessing authority and will apply to your chosen ANZSCO occupation from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The assessing authority will evaluate your chosen occupation based on professional standards.

Ozlinks Education and Career Services is an agency that helps people understand what the skill assessment requirements are. Based on the ANZSCO occupation you've chosen, we'll be able to find the right assessing authority and tell you what they need. We have a lot of experience in document checking, so you can be sure you've done everything you need to do for the skills assessment application criteria and give yourself the best chance of getting a positive result.

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