Food Technologist Skill Assessment

The Food Technologist is responsible for developing new and improving existing food products. Food technologists or Food scientists help set standards for producing, packaging, and marketing food.

What is an ANZSCO code for a Food technologist?

Food Technologist ANZSCO Code is 234212.

What are the alternative titles for a Food Technologist?

Food Scientist and Food production officer are the 2 alternative titles for a food technologist.

Which skill assessment authority assesses the Food Technologist occupation for migration purposes?

VETASSESS (Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services) is the Department of Home Affairs prescribed skill assessment body for migration purposes.

What qualification is required for skill assessment as a Food Technologist?

Food technologists, Food scientists, and food production officers are Group A qualification which requires a minimum of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) comparable bachelor’s degree or higher. The bachelor’s degree or higher must have a highly relevant major field of study.

The following are the highly relevant major fields of study for skill assessment as a FOOF Technologist:

  • Food Science and Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Food Engineering
  • Dietetics

Qualifications in Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering that contain sufficient subjects in Food Science and are followed by at least 1 year of highly relevant post-qualification experience will be considered case by case.

Do you need post-qualification employment for skill assessment as a Food Technologist?

Yes, the occupation of Food Technologist ANZSCO Code: 234212 requires at least one year of highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level post-qualification within the last 5 years. The highly relevant employment must be a paid post-qualification employment of 1 year consisting of at least 20 hours a week or more.

Do I need a positive skill assessment of both study and employment?

Yes, an applicant for skill assessment as a food technologist requires positive assessment for both the qualification as well as post-qualification experience from VETASSESS.


Comparable AQF bachelor’s degree or higher + With Highly relevant Major field of Study + Relevant post-qualification experience of 1 year within the last 5 years.

What are the highly relevant tasks during employment as a Food Technologist?

Food technologists, Food scientists, and food production officers should be working on the following highly relevant tasks:

  • Developing practical applications of experimental and research findings.
  • Testing food products for flavor, colour, taste, texture, and nutritional content.
  • Advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods.
  • Developing quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products.

Additional tasks may include: 

New Product Development: 

  • Conducting experiments and testing to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances or processed materials.
  • Developing procedures, instruments, recording, and testing systems to be used in experiments.
  • Analysing or conducting research to develop theories, techniques, and processes, and testing the reliability of these under various conditions.
  • Preparing or supervising the preparation of laboratory reports, scientific papers, and reports on specifications and standards. 

Quality Assurance: 

  • Developing and monitoring quality control procedures for the manufacture of products in plants or factories.
  • Advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods.
  • May supervise and coordinate the work of technicians.


Which skill assessment list is Food Technologist in?

Food Technologist, Food Scientist, and Food Production Officer (ANZSCO Code 234212) are in the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Which Australian visas can I apply for as a Food Technologist?

You are eligible for a variety of visas if you have a positive skill assessment as a Food Technologist.

The following are the visas suitable for a Food Technologist:

  • Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visa (Permanent Visa).
  • Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa (Permanent Visa).
  • Subclass 491- Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional visa).
  • Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate Visa (Post-Study Work Stream) (Temporary Visa).
  • Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) (Temporary Visa).
  • Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (TRT, DE) (Permanent Visa).
  • Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent Visa).
  • Subclass 494 – Skilled employer Sponsored Regional Visa (Provisional visa).
  • Subclass 407 – Training Visa (Temporary Visa).
  • DAMA Labour Agreement.

Food Technologist Skill Assessment Fee

Food Technologist, Food Scientist, and Food Production Officer (ANZSCO Code 234212) skill assessment from VETASSESS is as follows:

If the applicant is in Australia: AUD 1058.20.

Extra Priority Processing Cost for Applicant in Australia: AUD 658.30.

If the applicant is outside Australia: AUD 962.00.

Extra Priority Processing Fee for Applicant outside Australia: AUD 623.

Priority Processing is only available for online applications.

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