Introduction

Quantity Surveyor or known in the industry as a QS is the person who keeps a close eye on project finances and contractual relationships. They are the people responsible for calculating and managing the costs relating to projects, from helping create initial estimates to finalising the complete budget requirements. A day in the life of a quantity surveyor is varied – on one day you may find yourself in the office, and the next you may be out on a construction site meeting with clients or consulting with construction personnel. No two projects are ever the same and there is a great deal of variety, which can be quite interesting for someone who doesn’t like routine.

The construction industry has been played its key role in driving a stronger economy and building a bridge to economic recovery after Covid-19, Quantity Surveyors are in high demand and have seen a healthy rise in rates offered by employers over the past year in Australia.

To become a Quantity Surveyor, you can choose to study the Bachelor or Master of Construction Management related courses in Australia and follow the below steps for getting to the finish line of your migration journey.

Permanent Residency Option

AIQS is the assessing authority nominated by the Australian Government to provide expert advice to the Department of Home Affairs about qualifications and skilled employment experience with the skilled occupation ‘Quantity Surveyor’ (ANZSCO 233213).
There are several visa options under the Quantity Surveyor occupation that can lead to Permanent residency in Australia.

Below are the examples:

  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) – Points Tested
  • 190 – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) – State or Territory nominated
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored
  • 482 – Temporary Skilled Shortage (subclass 482) – Medium Term Stream
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) – Employer sponsored stream

For the 189, 190 and 491 visa subclasses, you will need to have a minimum of 65 points under the Skilled Migration Points Test. For the 186, 482 and 494 visa subclasses, these are not points test based but you need to have a sponsor and are usually required to have at least 2-3 years of experience in the nominated occupation you are wishing to apply.

Career outcomes and Job prospect in Australia

Beside Quantity Surveyor, there are many job titles that exist within the built environment cost profession including Cost Estimator | Cost Planner | Cost Manager | Cost Engineer | Cost Consultant | Project Controllers.
Furthermore, these are the typical employers that would need to recruit a QS for their company:

  • Quantity surveying consultancies
  • Project management consultancies
  • Civil engineering contractors and consultancies
  • Property firms
  • House builders and housing associations

The average salary of a Quantity Surveyor is AU$73,543 but this number could differ depending on experience. If you have an analytical mind with strong numerical and financial skills, then the role of quantity surveyor could be ideal for you.

What type of Construction Management courses available in Australia?

Many quantity surveyors are university educated and there are a number of study pathway open to become a Quantity Surveyor in Australia, though the most common is to take a higher education program (Bachelor or Postgraduate Degree) that is accredited by AIQS.

Australia has 3 universities that provide the Master courses:

  • Bond University (Gold Coast, Queensland – regional area): Not require related background in the previous Bachelor qualification.
  • Deakin University (Warrnambool campus – regional Victoria and other campuses in Melbourne and Geelong): Require related background in the previous Bachelor qualification.
  • University of Melbourne: • 2 years Master program (require related background)
  • 3 years Master program (not require background)

For the students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree and now find a brighter way to apply for a skilled visa in Australia with the Quantity Surveyor occupation, the Master of Construction Practice at Bond University will best suit you because of the following advantages:

  1. The school is located in Gold Coast, a beautiful modern coastal city and is considered as regional area in Queensland, this gives you extra 1 year for 485 visa after graduation and add 5 points for general Skilled migration visas.
  2. The Master of Construction Practice at BOND University does not require related background in the previous Bachelor qualification.
  3. This program of BOND University is accredited by AIQS. Once completing this course, you will automatically meet both Academic and English entry requirements for the skill assessment immediately.

In order to apply for studying the Master of Construction Practice at Bond University, you will need to submit the evidence of completion of an Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and for the English language proficiency, Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or PTE 58 will be required.

Skills assessment - by AIQS

A Skilled Migration Assessment for the Quantity Surveyor occupation is a service performed by AIQS on behalf of the Australian Government. You must have graduated completely from the applicable qualification to apply for a skill assessment.

Step 1: Check your eligibility.

If you chose to study a Bachelor or Postgraduate Degree (minimum 2 years) which is accredited by AIQS, you will be eligible to apply for the skills assessment when no working experience or English requirement needed. If not, you will need at least 2 years of related working experience for AIQS to assess your application and Only work experience post obtaining a recognised degree may potentially be counted.

STEP 2: 

Complete the Skilled Migration Assessment Application Form which contains payment details (Assessment Fee is AU$720.5) then submit the Application Form with payment and all required certified documents to AIQS.

A certified copy of a document is a copy of an original document which is certified as a true copy by an authorised person. (Authorised people include:  Justices of the Peace (JP’s), legal practitioners and Police Officers). Please note that certification should appear on each page of the submitted document and the certified documents are dated no older than 12 months from the date of submission.
It may take up to two months after receiving all the required documents to complete an assessment.

Step 3:

If there are any deficiencies in your application, AIQS will notify you via email. Or if your application has been completed and assessed, you will receive an email advising you of the outcome.
The skill assessment will be valid for 2 years from the date on your assessment letter. You may apply for a reassessment within 24 months of the assessment letter’s expiry date.

If you chose to study a Bachelor or Postgraduate Degree (minimum 2 years) which is accredited by AIQS, you will be eligible to apply for the skills assessment when no working experience or English requirement needed. If not, you will need at least 2 years of related working experience for AIQS to assess your application and Only work experience post obtaining a recognised degree may potentially be counted.