Did you know you can gain an acknowledged qualification and hands-on experience by studying Automotive in Australia? Even better, the tuition fees are also very affordable!

For this reason, the demand for studying Automotive in Australia is getting stronger and some courses can become full well before the scheduled commencement date.

Here is some information about studying Automotive in Australia – the course options, skills assessment and PR options that you need to know!

Permanent Residency Option

After completing at least 2 years of Automotive studies in college or TAFE, you will be eligible to apply for a 485 visa (Graduate Work stream). You must also pass the provisional skills assessment (STEP 1 by the TRA) and meet the English requirements.

While you hold a 485 visa (Graduate work), you will have time to prepare to apply for a Permanent Resident visa. There are several visa options under the Motor Mechanic 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.

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Why study Automotive in Australia?

Owning a vehicle to commute can be essential, especially if you are living in Australia. In fact, almost 8/10 adult Australians own a motor vehicle, ranking Australia now 6th in the world in vehicles/per capita. Furthermore, the average age of vehicles in Australia is approximately 10.1 years meaning Australians take good care of their motor vehicles.


How can Australians take such good care of their motor vehicles and ensure they last over a decade?

This is where the strong automotive industry comes into play. Australian vehicle owners regularly service their motor vehicles. In addition, the majority of the motor vehicles in Australia are imported from overseas meaning the demand for automotive mechanics can be high. Due to this demand for Automotive mechanics, the industry will always need skilled personnel for repairing passenger and commercial vehicles. The average salary of an automotive mechanic is $55,099 AUD and has an average hourly rate of $24.26 AUD. Furthermore, these occupations are listed consistently in the various skilled occupation lists.

What type of Automotive courses available in Australia?

You will first need to study an Automotive program for 2 years in Australia to be able to go through one of the PR options as a Motor Mechanic.

Motor Mechanics repair, maintain and test motor vehicle and other internal combustion engines and related mechanical components. Motor Mechanics need an AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or an AQF Certificate IV, which are ANZSCO Skill Level 3 in Australia. You can study these courses at TAFE or at a number of other private colleges. However, most students do however prefer to study at TAFE as it is a government-owned education provider with the latest in cutting edge equipment and facilities.


There are two different Automotive courses that can be taken by international students. Please see below:

1. Light Vehicle Course – designed to carry loads or a small number of passengers. Relevant courses here include:

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology + Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis (2 years)

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology + Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Overhauling (2 years)

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology + Certificate IV in Automotive Management (2 years)

  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology + Certificate IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis + Diploma of Automotive Technology (2 years)

2. Heavy Vehicle Course – designed for the purpose of carrying a large indivisible item. Relevant courses here include:

  • Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (2years)

To get into one of the programs, you will need to meet both Academic and English entry requirements.

For the Academic Requirement, you will need to submit the evidence of completion of Year 10 (or equivalent), and for the English language proficiency, Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or equivalent or an English pathway with a partner English language school.

Skills assessment - Job Ready Program (Step 1- 4) by TRA

Skills Assessment for automotive occupation is assessed by the TRA and this is a key stage that you will need to complete.


STEP 1. Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

  • Academic qualification (92 weeks study)
  • 360 hours Vocational Placement

PASS STEP 1  ⇨  485 VISA (IELTS 6.0)

In order to apply for a temporary graduate (subclass 485) visa, you must complete 360 hours vocation placement (which is usually included in the program) and a related academic qualification (92 weeks study). You will also need an IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.0) or PTE 50 (36) to apply for a 485 visa.

STEP 2. Job Ready Employment (JRE)

  • Remain in employment for a minimum of 12 months
  • Work at least 1725 hours in paid employment (this can be more than 1 employer) 1yr Full-time job (37.5 hrs.)
  • Training
  • Relationship with an organisation registered with the TRA
  • Keep a Job Ready Journal

They have to remain in employment for at least 12 months and work at least 1725 hours in paid employment as a full time (37.5 hrs/w) to pass the second step.


STEP 3. Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

  • At least 6 months and complete a minimum 863 hrs in paid employment
  • Complete Job Ready Journal entries for each month
  • Monitoring

For the third step, students have to work at least 6 months and completed a minimum 863 hours in paid employment. Moreover, the TRA will request students to complete Job Ready Journal entries for each month; additionally, they may visit your workplace as well.


STEP 4. Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

  • A successful outcome (step 1, 2, 3)
  • Successful completion of at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months in their nominated occupation
  • 12 months of Job Ready Journal entries for all required workplace skills
  • Final assessment

For the last stage, you will need to complete steps 1, 2 and 3 successfully.


Passing the Job Ready Program (Steps 1-4) means you have passed the full skills assessment and will be able to apply for a 189 visa via EOI and if you also meet the state nomination requirement, then you can apply for a 190 and a 491 visa.