Documents Required for ACS Assessment Australia PR

ACS Assessment for Australia PR. Fees = AUD $500. Processing time 7-10 weeks. Color Copy of Passport, Degree, Mark sheets, Work experience letter required.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  26 Jan, 20


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

You do not need English 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.

#4 Work Experience Letters

ACS Work Experience letter format requires you to have all your roles and responsibilities mentioned clearly.

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.

#5 Resume

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

Do you know How ACS calculates your work experience years?

ACS Assessment Fees

Application TypeFee (AUD)
Temporary Graduate – 485 Skills Assessment$475
Post Australian Study Skills Assessment$500
Skills (general application)$500
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)$550
Review Application$395
Appeal Application$395
Is Notary required for ACS Assessment?

Notary is not required for ACS assessment.

ACS changed the notary requirement in Sep 2019. The only exception is co-worker reference letter for your work experience. This letter needs notary.

Are Salary payment proof required for ACS Assessment?

Salary payment proofs are required for ACS assessment.

I am not able to delete wrong file uploaded on ACS?

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.

Is English Test Result Required for ACS Assessment?

English test result are not required for ACS assessment.

Evidence of Paid Employment

You can submit any two documents as evidence of paid employment:

#1 Official Government Tax Records

documents that may include payment summaries, group certificates or notices of assessment (citing company and applicant name) –


  • Form 16 (India),
  • Income tax returns – ITR (India), W2 (USA)
  • Provident fund deduction,
  • 401k (USA),
  • Social Security Deductions (USA)
  • Group Health Insurance Card where premium was paid by employer
  • Superannuation Payments

#2 Payslips

You should submit one payslip from start of each year of employment one from end of that year. The salary statement of pay stub should have the employer and employee name clearly mentioned.

#3 Bank Statements

Bank statements showing salary payments from employer with employee and employer name.

ACS will not accept bank statements without the employer name clearly visible.

PDF File Scan, Size for ACS

ACS allows uploading up-to 8 PDF files. Use free ADOBE Scan mobile apps to easily scan your documents. This app also reduces the total PDF file size for easy upload to ACS.

Only color copies are accepted. Black and white scans will be rejected.

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 along with payment evidence.
  • 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.

PDF 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 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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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Vinay_Kumar

    Registration number of notary is required. ACS does not need payslips or other such documents.

    You can check the list of other documents required for ACS assessment here.

  2. Vinay_Kumar

    Thanks Anil, now I have take colour xerox’s of following documents

    1. Passport first page, last page
    2. Referral letter from the 7 companies I worked, mentioning my tenure with the company, roles and responsibilities.
    3. My education certificates … 10th, Intermediate, Degree convocation, Degree provisional, Degree summary of mark sheets of all semesters in one certificate.

    I have done notary for all these colour xerox documents, notary has registration number as well.

    These should be fine right.


  3. egodalle

    Thanks Anil. I got my assessment today and it is positive. Out of my 14 years experience, ACS removed 4 which is what I expected. Thanks!

  4. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Saby_H

    It is recommended to have color copy.

    You should get an affidavit to prove that all the names refer to one and same person.

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @anamika

    Assuming you are going for ACS assessment, notary is not required for any document as per new ACS guidelines.

    Create separate PDF for each education level. This means create separate PDF for Bachelor and masters.

    Salary description is not required but you would need to submit payslips for each year of work experience completion.

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  155 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. One Life Traveller
    One Life Traveller 12 Jun, 19 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Please answer my belwo query. I really need an expert opinion.
    I completed my MBS in Marketing in May 2016.
    But I was working from May 2011 jn Automobile Sales. I worked in Automobile Sales for 5 years.
    After my MBA, I did SAP certification and Started working in IT field as a SAP Functional Consultant. And now I have 2.6 years of IT experience. The jobs roles mateches with ICT Business Analyst.
    So in this case, I have 5 years of Sales experience (ANZSCO code is 131112 – Sales and Marketting Manager) and 2.6 years of IT experience (ANZSCO code is 261112)
    How would my experience be calculated?
    Will they be considering my both ANZSCO experiences?
    Will they consider only current ANZSCO/experience?
    Will they only consider maximum experience which is sales??
    I am very confused, please help.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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”.