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Environmental Consultant Skills Assessment

  • Are you a qualified environmental consultant?
  • Under the age of 45?
  • Fluent in English, and in good health?

Then you may be eligible to live and work in Australia! Continue reading to find out:

  • The criteria to meet to emigrate
  • What Australia expects of you
  • The immigration process to follow

Australia has three skilled occupation lists. These lists contain all the occupations in Australia that is in need of skilled and experienced workers from overseas because there is a shortage of talent in the country.


Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
Regional Occupational List (ROL)
The good news is that Environmental Consultants are on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)!


This means the Australian government is happy with Australian companies hiring environmental consultants from overseas, albeit subject to strict requirements.


Please note: Australia has also created a temporary skilled occupation list in response to COVID-19 called the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL).

You must be able to meet the ANZSCO criteria

Each occupation on the skills shortage lists has an ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) code assigned to it. This code determines the requirements a visa applicant must meet, including the skill level and the tasks the applicant must be able to perform.




The ANZSCO code assigned to environmental consultants is 234312. This code gives us more details about the criteria environment consultants have to meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.


The first thing we look at is the group that environmental consultants fall under:


Major Group: 2 – Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 23 – Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals | Minor Group: 234 – Natural and Physical Science Professionals | Unit Group: 2343 – Environmental Scientists


As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (234312) which is specific to environmental consultants.


Description of Role


This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what an environmental consultant is supposed to be able to do:


Analyses and advises on policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial environmental operations and programs.


Required Skill Level


Environmental consultants is a Skill Level 1, which means you must have a level of skill comparable with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In the absence of a formal qualification, at least five years of relevant experience may act as a substitute.


In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.



When applying for emigration as a environmental consultant, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:


  • Evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating short- and long-term management goals and objectives
  • Enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • Carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • Proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • Studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change,
  • Sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • Studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • Developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • Implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
  • Participating in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance


Job First?


Many people mistakenly think that finding a job is the first step when immigrating.


In fact, the first step should always be an immigration assessment to see if you have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to work in Australia.


Why do we say this?


  1. If you don’t meet the requirements for skilled migration, you won’t be able to apply for a visa.
  2. Doing an assessment first and knowing for sure that you’re eligible for immigration enables you to job hunt with confidence. Employers are much more likely to extend job offers if they know that you can work in Australia.

The golden rule? Do an assessment, then find a job.