Documents Required for ACS Assessment Australia PR

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  11 May, 19

How to file ACS Australia Assessment

You need ACS assessment to claim points for education and work experience in Australia PR system.

You do not need SHORTCODE ERROR: ThirstyAffiliates did not detect a valid link id, please check your short code! test result for filing ACS. PTE and IELTS can be done in parallel with ACS evaluation.

ACS assessment fees is AUD $500. ACS assessment processing time is 4 weeks. Officially ACS says that it takes about 10-12 weeks to get the ACS assessment report though.

Documents required for ACS Australia Assessment

#1 Birth Certificate or Passport

Only Applicant details page required from passport. No need to submit all passport pages.

Example: In case of Indian Passport, submit only first and last page showing your photo and address.


#2 Education Degree or Award Certificate

You need to submit degree for your education above Senior secondary i.e. above 12th standard. In Australian language, the degree is called tertiary education.

  • Title of Degree or Award – Example: Masters of Computer applications.
  • Name of University or College – Example: Delhi University
  • Date the Degree was completed should be mentioned.

Note that the education will not be counted as relevant if there is no degree.

If the date printed on your degree does not match your education completion, you can choose to either write the last examination date or the date printed on degree.


#3 Mark Sheets or Mark sheet Transcript

Education mark sheets should have Unit or Subject Names in addition to grades or marks Achieved.

There is no need to get sealed transcripts for degree or mark sheets. Simple notarization of mark sheet photocopy is enough for Australia PR and ACS assessment.


#4 Work experience letters

#5 Resume

Uploading resume to ACS assessment is optional even though official ACS guidelines do ask for CV.


ACS Work Experience letter Format

Use Sample skill letter for Australia PR to provide information about your day to day job responsibilities to ACS for your Australia ANZSCO job code.

The start date and end date for the job has to be clearly mentioned.
If you just mention the MONTH like JUNE 2018 to MAR 2019, ACS will assume it to be the LAST day of that month for calculating your total work experience.

Official employer Letter head is mandatory. If you cannot get an employer letter, you can get your roles and responsibilities letter from colleague or co-worker.

Do you know How ACS calculates your work experience years?

ACS Australia Online Application Filling

#1 Notarize All Documents

Get all documents photocopied and then NOTARIZED.

Sample Notary stamp done in US state of Massachusetts:

Sample notary stamp for ACS Australia documents
Sample notary stamp for ACS Australia documents in USA


Sample notary from India for Australia PR
Sample notary from India for Australia PR

Notarization requirements

  1. Photocopy should be marked as ‘CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF ORIGINAL‘ – Either you can write this by hand or use a rubber stamp (as shown in above image). You can write the text by hand too if there is no stamp available.
  2. Notary signature.
  3. Notary official stamp.
  4. Notary date of signing. Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
    If using any other date format, then write date with month in English letters like 4 Apr, 2018.

#2 Scan All Notarized Documents in PDF format

Multiple PDF files are allowed. A separate PDF file should be created for each qualification type and for each Employment reference.
You will have 1 PDF for your passport.
Then, second one for your Master’s/Bachelor’s degree + Mark sheets (all years)
Then, third one for your Employment 1 reference letter.
Then, fourth one for your Employment 2 reference letter and so on.


Max 8 documents can be evaluated for 1 application fees.
This essentially means 8 PDF files excluding the passport PDF.


Each PDF can be max of 3 MB in size.
Use CamScanner or ADOBE Scan mobile apps to easily scan your documents. Both are available FREE to use.


File name should clearly state the content of file.
PDF 1 can be named ‘Passport.pdf‘.
PDF 2 with Masters degree and mark sheet can be named ‘Education 1 – Master of Computer Application.pdf’
PDF 3 with Employment 1 can be named as ‘Employment 1 – ABC technologies ltd‘.

ACS Assessment Not Able to Delete Uploaded files

ACS system NOT allow to delete the files in case you wrongly uploaded them even though they have a ‘Delete‘ button available. As per official ACS response, you can ignore the wrong files and just upload the correct files.

Some people suggest to create a new ACS online account and then re-start the process. ACS does not allow creating a new account with new email as they match your passport number with existing application in their system.

ACS Assessment Awaiting Documents Email

If ACS needs any more documents from you, they will send you an email and move the application status to ‘Awaiting Documents’.

If you have not received an email from them and still the status shows ‘Awaiting documents’, try these options to upload the documents to ACS.

ACS Revalidation

The ACS re-validation fees is AUD $300.

You can apply for re validation but I would not recommend it until you are sure of ACS mistake as they just re-do the same process that they did earlier.
You can communicate with ACS over email or call them to understand how they evaluated your education and work experience before opting for re-validation.

ACS Current Employment End Date

Employment End date has to be mentioned for all employment. ACS will consider the date printed on your current and active employment as the end date for counting the work experience.

Do not worry, you can keep the end date BLANK for current and active employment while filling Australia EOI to increase your work experience points automatically.

Once you are past the education and employment entry page, you will receive an email to create your PASSWORD. Follow that link. It will ask you to enter your email and send send you a new link to reset your password.

Once you create a new password, you are logged in to ACS for completing your application.

ACS Application “In Progress” or “with Assessor”

Once you submit your application, it is normal for it to stay at “In Progress” step for about 10-15 days.

ACS Australia application in progress
ACS Australia application in progress

Once the preliminary verification of your documents are done, the next status would show up as “with Assessor“.
Assessor is the person who will judge your educational and work experience and give the results.

Sample ACS Assessment Report for 261312

ACS may send the documents to the employer for verification if they feel something has been tampered with. This will delay your ACS report.

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  126 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Sara Ramez
    Sara Ramez 11 May, 19 at 11:19 am

    Hi, could you please guide me as well because my case is a bit different as i thumbs through most of comments to get an idea:

    I have qork experience as follows:

    2008 Feb – 2009 Feb
    2009 Feb – 2010 Feb
    2010 March – 2012 March
    2012 -2015 studied Bachelor
    2015-2017 studied masters
    2018-now work

    My first question is how would be the calculation of my work experience?

    Second question is my work experience on teaching but different institute, do you think is that acceptable to be assessed as lecturer (as my early years of experience back to my country and recent years of experience other country?

    I appreciate your time.

  2. Sachin Bedekar
    Sachin Bedekar 10 May, 19 at 12:51 am

    Hi Anil – I am new to this group, I have applied to ACS for skill assessment and have been advised to change by application type to RPL. They have also asked me to pay additional fees and submit 2 project reports. Can you help me with sample project report ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 6:40 am

      I do not have any sample RPL report at this time.

      • Sachin Bedekar
        Sachin Bedekar 10 May, 19 at 7:58 am

        Ohhhh… Any pointers that can be helpful ? Is it advisable to look for any consultant ? Do you know anyone , who can help ?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 10:14 am

          I do not have any consultants to recommend at this time. You can search online for the ACS website for sample RPL

  3. Guneet Katlaria
    Guneet Katlaria 5 May, 19 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I work as a software contractor (self-employed) for usually six months to one year with one agency. All the work experience letters that I have gathered from my past agencies have sent the letters via email and NOT as a paper copy. The ACS wants all work experience letters to be a certified true copies of the “original” letter. I am now confused if ACS will even accept my work experience? Should I just print the soft copy letters and have them certified and sent?
    I would appreciate your advice.

    Thank You!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 May, 19 at 5:55 pm

      You can print the soft copy and get it notarized. They are acceptable by ACS.
      Just make sure you print color copies.

      • Guneet Katlaria
        Guneet Katlaria 5 May, 19 at 7:24 pm

        Thank you Anil for the quick response!

  4. Bibin Raj
    Bibin Raj 1 May, 19 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am planning to claim 5 points for spouse. So while doing the skill assessment for spouse, do we need to create another application and choose “Skills” in the ACS application form and pay 500$ ? Or Can we do the skill assessment for spouse in the same application of primary applicant?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 May, 19 at 9:43 pm

      Spouse assessment has to be done separately with separate fees.

  5. prabha
    prabha 28 Apr, 19 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Anil
    I have got experience letter from my current company for some other purpose(which is mentioned only in subject line in the letter), but it has all relevant details which is required for submitting the experience letter in ACS. Can I use the same experience letter for ACS ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Apr, 19 at 9:04 pm

      You can try but i still recommend to get the same letter with general purpose line as “To whomsover it may concern”.

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