Qualified Dog Handlers can Immigrate to Australia. This is because Australia has deemed Dog Handler to be an occupation that the nation is in need of. People who are approved to immigrate to Australia as a Dog Handler can be offered Permanent Residency residency in Australia.
There are a number of steps in the process of moving to Australia as a Dog Handler.
1 – Assessing if you are eligible
2 – Obtaining your skills assessment
3 – Submitting your Expression Of Interest
4 – Receiving your Invitation to Apply
5 – Medicals and Police Checks
6 – Granting of your Visa or Permanent Residency for Australia
Our Animal Immigration Experts are able to assist with your Move to Australia.
We can help you with your submission for Australian Permanent Residency or your long term visa for Australia as a Dog Handler. Each application and each individual’s circumstances are a bit different.
If you’re looking to emigrate to Australia as a Dog Handler you’re in safe hands. For a full, honest and confidential discussion about emigration, visas, qualification equivalency, working in Australia, getting your Australian License, costs, jobs, charges and time-frames take our FREE online assessment as the first stage.
Your assessment will be hand reviewed by a Animal emigration specialist who will give you the full facts, without obligation.
Australia has 2 lists that cover all the “Occupations in Demand”. Only occupations on these lists are able to apply to move to Australia under this skilled migration program.
The lists are called the Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List or the MLTSSL and the Short Term Strategic Occupation List or the (STSOL). Every occupation that is on either list is given a number. This is called the Occupations ANZSCO number.
The ANZSCO code for Dog Handlers is 361111.
Knowing your code, and indeed having the correct code, is important. Some Occupations are very similar and have different codes. Be careful to choose the correct one as all the deemed duties of the occupation that you will be assessed for are unique to the ANZSCO code.
Below is the full list of in demand ANZSCO codes for occupations in Demand in Australia.
Occupations In Demand in Australia
These Occupations are in Demand in Australia
Occupation ANZSCO Code accommodation and hospitality managers 141999 Accountant 221111 Actuary 224111 acupuncturist 252211 advertising manager 131113 advertising specialist 225111 Aeronautical Engineer 233911 Agricultural Consultant 234111 Agricultural Engineer 233912 Agricultural Scientist 234112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 342111 aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) 323111 aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) 323112 aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) 323113 ambulance officer 411111 anaesthetic technician 311211 anaesthetist 253211 Analyst Programmer 261311 animal attendants and trainers (nec) 361199 apiarist 121311 aquaculture farmer 121111 arborist 362212 Architect 232111 architectural draftsperson 312111 architectural, building and surveying technicians 312199 art teacher (private tuition) 249211 artistic director 212111 Artistic Director 212111 arts administrator or manager 139911 Arts Administrator or Manager 139911 Audiologist 252711 Automotive Electrician 321111 baker 351111 Barrister 271111 beef cattle farmer 121312 Biochemist 234513 Biomedical Engineer 233913 Biotechnologist 234514 Boat Builder and Repairer 399111 book or script editor 212212 Botanist 234515 Bricklayer 331111 building inspector 312113 business machine mechanic 342311 butcher or smallgoods maker 351211 Cabinetmaker 394111 cabler (data and telecommunications) 342411 cafe or restaurant manager 141111 camera operator (film, television or video) 399512 cardiac technician 311212 Cardiologist 253312 Cardiothoracic Surgeon 253512 careers counsellor 272111 Carpenter 331212 Carpenter and Joiner 331211 Cartographer 232213 Chef 351311 Chemical Engineer 233111 chemical plant operator 399211 Chemist 234211 chemistry technician 311411 Child Care Centre Manager 134111 Chiropractor 252111 Civil Engineer 233211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211 Civil Engineering Technician 312212 Clinical Haematologist 253313 Clinical Psychologist 272311 commodities trader 222111 community worker 411711 company secretary 221211 complementary health therapists (nec) 252299 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263111 conference and event organiser 149311 Conservator 234911 Construction Project Manager 133111 contract administrator 511111 cook 351411 copywriter 212411 corporate services manager 132111 cotton grower 121211 counsellors (nec) 272199 crop farmers (nec) 121299 customer service manager 149212 dairy cattle farmer 121313 dance teacher (private tuition) 249212 dancer or choreographer 211112 Dancer or Choreographer 211112 database administrator 262111 dental specialist 252311 dental technician 411213 dentist 252312 Dermatologist 253911 Developer Programmer 261312 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917 Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 dietitian 251111 director (film, television, radio or stage) 212312 disabilities services officer 411712 diversional therapist 411311 diving instructor (open water) 452311 dog handler or trainer 361111 Drainer / Drainlayer 334113 dressmaker or tailor 393213 drug and alcohol counsellor 272112 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 241111 earth science technician 311412 Economist 224311 education adviser 249111 education managers (nec) 134499 Educational Psychologist 272312 Electrical Engineer 233311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311 Electrical Engineering Technician 312312 Electrician 341111 Electrician (Special Class) 341112 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 342315 Electronics Engineer 233411 Emergency Medicine Specialist 253912 Endocrinologist 253315 Engineering Manager 133211 Engineering Professional nec 233999 Engineering Technologist 233914 enrolled nurse 411411 Environmental Consultant 234312 Environmental Engineer 233915 Environmental Manager 139912 Environmental Research Scientist 234313 Environmental Scientist nec 234399 External Auditor 221213 facilities manager 149913 family and marriage counsellor 272113 family support worker 411713 farrier 322113 fashion designer 232311 Fibrous Plasterer 333211 film and video editor 212314 finance broker 222112 finance manager 132211 financial brokers (nec) 222199 financial dealers (nec) 222299 financial investment adviser 222311 financial investment manager 222312 financial market dealer 222211 Fitter (General) 323211 Fitter and Turner 323212 Fitter-Welder 323213 florist 362111 flower grower 121212 Food Technologist 234212 footballer 452411 Footballer 452411 Forester / Forest Scientist 234113 fruit or nut grower 121213 furniture finisher 394211 gallery or museum curator 224212 gardener (general) 362211 Gasfitter 334114 Gastroenterologist 253316 General Practitioner 253111 geologist 234411 Geophysicist 234412 Geotechnical Engineer 233212 Glazier 333111 grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) 121214 grape grower 121215 graphic designer 232411 greenkeeper 362311 gymnastics coach or instructor 452312 hairdresser 391111 hardware technician 313111 health and welfare services managers (nec) 134299 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec) 251999 health information manager 224213 health promotion officer 251911 horse riding coach or instructor 452313 Horse Trainer 361112 hospital pharmacist 251511 hotel or motel manager 141311 human resource manager 132311 Hydrogeologist 234413 ICT account manager 225211 ICT Business Analyst 261111 ICT business development manager 225212 ICT customer support officer 313112 ICT managers (nec) 135199 ICT project manager 135112 ICT quality assurance engineer 263211 ICT sales representative 225213 ICT Security Specialist 262112 ICT support and test engineers (nec) 263299 ICT support engineer 263212 ICT support technicians (nec) 313199 ICT systems test engineer 263213 ICT trainer 223211 illustrator 232412 industrial designer 232312 Industrial Engineer 233511 industrial pharmacist 251512 information and organisation professionals (nec) 224999 insurance agent 611211 insurance broker 222113 insurance loss adjuster 599612 intensive care ambulance paramedic 411112 Intensive Care Specialist 253317 interior designer 232511 Internal Auditor 221214 interpreter 272412 jeweller 399411 jewellery designer 232313 Joiner 331213 journalists and other writers (nec) 212499 judicial and other legal professionals (nec) 271299 laboratory manager 139913 Land Economist 224511 Landscape Architect 232112 landscape gardener 362213 librarian 224611 library technician 399312 life science technician 311413 Life Scientist 234599 Life Scientist (General) 234511 Lift Mechanic 341113 livestock farmers (nec) 121399 Locksmith 323313 make up artist 399514 Management Accountant 221112 Management Consultant 224711 manufacturer 133411 Marine Biologist 234516 marketing specialist 225113 massage therapist 411611 Materials Engineer 233112 mathematician 224112 meat inspector 311312 Mechanical Engineer 233512 mechanical engineering technician 312512 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 251211 Medical Laboratory Scientist 234611 medical laboratory technician 311213 Medical Oncologist 253314 Medical Practitioner 253999 Medical Radiation Therapist 251212 medical technicians (nec) 311299 Metal Fabricator 322311 metal fitters and machinists (nec) 323299 Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214 metallurgical or materials technician 312912 Metallurgist 234912 Meteorologist 234913 Microbiologist 234517 middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) 241311 Midwife 254111 mine deputy 312913 Mining Engineer 233611 mixed crop and livestock farmer 121411 mixed crop farmer 121216 mixed livestock farmer 121317 Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 Motorcycle Mechanic 321213 Multimedia Specialist 261211 music director 211212 Music Director 211212 music professionals (nec) 211299 music teacher (private tuition) 249214 Musician (Instrumental) 211213 Natural and Physical Science Professional 234999 naturopath 252213 Naval Architect / Marine Designer 233916 network administrator 263112 network analyst 263113 Neurologist 253318 Neurosurgeon 253513 newspaper or periodical editor 212412 Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213 nurse educator 254211 nurse manager 254311 Nurse Practitioner 254411 nurse researcher 254212 Nursing Clinical Director 134212 nutritionist 251112 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 253913 occupational health and safety adviser 251312 Occupational Therapist 252411 Ophthalmologist 253914 Optometrist 251411 organisation and methods analyst 224712 Organisational Psychologist 272313 Orthopaedic Surgeon 253514 orthoptist 251412 Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912 Osteopath 252112 Other Spatial Scientist 232214 other sports coach or instructor 452317 Otorhinolaryngologist 253515 Paediatric Surgeon 253516 Paediatrician 253321 Painting Trades Worker 332211 Panelbeater 324111 pastrycook 351112 patents examiner 224914 Pathologist 253915 performing arts technicians (nec) 399599 Petroleum Engineer 233612 pharmacy technician 311215 photographer 211311 Physicist 234914 Physiotherapist 252511 pig farmer 121318 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 253517 Plumber (General) 334111 Podiatrist 252611 poultry farmer 121321 power generation plant operator 399213 precision instrument maker and repairer 323314 Pressure Welder 322312 Primary Health Organisation Manager 134213 primary products inspectors (nec) 311399 primary school teacher 241213 print finisher 392111 print journalist 212413 printing machinist 392311 private tutors and teachers (nec) 249299 production manager (forestry) 133511 production manager (manufacturing) 133512 production manager (mining) 133513 Production or Plant Engineer 233513 program director (television or radio) 212315 program or project administrator 511112 Psychiatrist 253411 Psychologists 272399 psychotherapist 272314 public relations professional 225311 quality assurance manager 139914 Quantity Surveyor 233213 Radiation Oncologist 253918 Radiocommunications Technician 313211 records manager 224214 recreation officer 272612 recruitment consultant 223112 Registered Nurse 254499 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 254413 Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 254417 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 254425 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424 rehabilitation counsellor 272114 Renal Medicine Specialist 253322 research and development manager 132511 resident medical officer 253112 residential care officer 411715 retail buyer 639211 retail pharmacist 251513 Rheumatologist 253323 Roof Plumber 334115 roof tiler 333311 sales and marketing manager 131112 school principal 134311 science technicians (nec) 311499 Secondary School Teacher 241411 sheep farmer 121322 Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211 Shipwright 399112 signwriter 399611 Small Engine Mechanic 321214 snowsport instructor 452314 social professionals (nec) 272499 Social Worker 272511 Software and Applications Programmer 261399 Software Engineer 261313 software tester 261314 Solicitor 271311 Solid Plasterer 333212 Sonographer 251214 sound technician 399516 Special Education Teacher 241599 Special Needs Teacher 241511 specialist managers (nec) except:(a) ambassador; or (b) archbishop; or © bishop 139999 Specialist Physician 253311 Specialist Physician 253399 Speech Pathologist 252712 sports development officer 452321 sportspersons (nec) 452499 stage manager 212316 Statistician 224113 stockbroking dealer 222213 Stonemason 331112 Structural Engineer 233214 student counsellor 272115 sugar cane grower 121217 supply and distribution manager 133611 Surgeon 253511 Surveyor 232212 swimming coach or instructor 452315 systems administrator 262113 Systems Analyst 261112 Taxation Accountant 221113 teacher of English to speakers of other languages 249311 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512 Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513 Technical Cable Jointer 342212 technical director 212317 technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives 225499 technical writer 212415 Telecommunications Engineer 263311 Telecommunications Field Engineer 313212 telecommunications linesworker 342413 Telecommunications Network Engineer 263312 Telecommunications Network Planner 313213 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist 313214 television journalist 212416 tennis coach 452316 Tennis Coach 452316 textile, clothing and footwear mechanic 323215 Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324 toolmaker 323412 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner 252214 transport company manager 149413 Transport Engineer 233215 University Lecturer 242111 upholsterer 393311 urban and regional planner 232611 Urologist 253518 Valuer 224512 Vascular Surgeon 253521 vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ) 121221 vehicle body builder 324211 vehicle trimmer 324212 Veterinarian 234711 veterinary nurse 361311 video producer 212318 visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) 211499 Wall and Floor Tiler 333411 watch and clock maker and repairer 323316 web administrator 313113 web designer 232414 web developer 261212 Welder (First Class) 322313 Welfare Centre Manager 134214 welfare worker 272613 wood machinist 394213 wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec) 394299 youth worker 411716 Zoologist 234518
If you have any questions about your correct code or if your qualifications and experience meet the requirements simply do our free visa assessment and our team will get you the information you need for your personal circumstances.
The good news is that Dog Handler is on the STSOL list – which means it is on Australia’s in demand list.
It is good to take a look to check that the details the Australian Government list under the ANZSCO details for a Dog Handler, match you and your experience in your career.
Australian Immigration describe a Dog Handler 361111 as:
Teaches dogs to obey commands and undertake specific tasks.
The Australian Immigration Department also defines the qualifications a Dog Handler required to immigrate to Australia against the Australian Qualification Framework (“AQF”). This is determined in Levels of Skill – and the skill level for Dog Handlers is 3.
Skill Level 3
Occupations at Skill Level 3 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:- NZ Register Level 4 qualification- AQF Certificate IV or – AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training. At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Australia considers the following as the Tasks and Responsibilities of a Dog Handler?
Teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
Training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
Training animals to perform in competitions
“Bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets’ coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears”
“Inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures”
“Transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs”
“Maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians”
“Exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them”
“Dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests”
No, You don’t need a job in Australia to apply. The Skilled Visa for Dog Handlers is about you, your skills and how you’re going to benefit the Australian economy and filling the need Australia has for more Dog Handlers .
This is the most important part to get correct. However, many people think they can’t apply when indeed they can. The most common errors arise from not knowing all the areas Australian Immigration Points can be gained.
It is always best to discuss your particular situation with us here at Australia Made Simple so we can give you a full and complete assessment along with all the extra lesser known ways to gain Australian Immigration Points for Permanent Residency.
Add your points for each section to come up with your Immigration Points Total.
Your age points are calculated as within an age band until the last day before your birthday that pushes you into the next bracket. For example you are in the 18-24 age band until the day before your 25th Birthday. On the date of your 25th birthday you move up to the next age bracket for points purposes.
Age 18 – 24 = 25 points
Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
Age 45 – 45 is the new age limit for Australian Skilled Migration. Once you are 45 you are not eligible for skilled migration, however, you may be able to move to Australia under one of their many other visa programs. To find out which visa options you are eligible for – take our Free Visa Assessment.
Good 20 points
Medium 10 points
Basic 0 points
3 to 5 years 5 points
5 to 8 years 10 points
8 years + 15 points
Please note that your work experience time continues even after your application is submitted if you are working in your qualified profession. So if you look like moving into the next experience band for work experience in the coming months – give yourself the points for the higher band as you will be into that bracket by the time the final tally of points are made by Australian Immigration as a check.
PHD 20 points
Degree 15 points
Trade Qualification 10 points
Languages qualifying for extra points for Immigration to Australia as a Dog Handler
To gain the 5 extra points for a credentialed Community Language listed above you will need to be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters NAATI . To become accredited you will need to pass the NAATI testing at Level 2 or above.
It is not enough to simply speak the language, you must have the accreditation to be able to claim the extra 5 points.
We will always make an application across the State Sponsored visa class of Permanent Residency. So add an extra 5 points for the State Sponsorship Visa and an extra 15 points of the Regional Visa 491 option.
If your partner is also qualified in an occupation on the Occupations in Demand Lists, and your partner is willing to undertake the skills assessment for that occupation, you can add another 5 points.
Now add up your points.
The minimum points you need to qualify for Australian Skilled Migration is 65. If you have not yet reached 65 please get in contact with us through completing this free visa assessment. There are some other ways to gain points that you might qualify for and there are other visa pathways that could be open to you. Too many people assume they do not qualify, when indeed they do.
Once you’ve satisfied ANZSCO and calculated a minimum of 65 emigration points it’s time to start looking at getting your migration case underway.
Every occupation, trade and profession have their own skills assessment body. It’s their job to say that you are who you say you are, and that you have the right skills, experience and qualifications.
In the case of ANZSCO Code 361111 the Australian Skills Assessment body for Dog Handler is VETASSESS.
Emigrate to Australia as a Dog Handler Skills Assessment – Training and employment Check:
Stage one is the collation of a decision ready bundle of documents which can be used by the assessment body to evidence and substantiate your skills, training, qualifications and experience.
You will need the following documents as a base and more role specific documents as requested:
The Skills Assessment is a mandatory part of the Australia Emigration process and we can’t move on to other stages of the application without it. Indeed, the number you are granted on your Skills Assessment certificate is required to be submitted for the next stage of the process.
Emigrate to Australia as a Dog Handler with your skills assessment.
The skills assessment Certificate, that you will be issued once you have passed your skills assessment, verifies and recognizes all of your skills, qualifications and experience in your home country. This then helps with your transition to work in Australia so you can gain any local licensing and registrations required.
For further detailed information about how to emigrate to Australia as a Dog Handler feel free to take our Free Online Assessment for an in Depth Consultation, with No Obligation.
For now though, let’s continue with the emigration to Australia process as it applies specifically to Dog Handlers.
After receiving a positive Skills Assessment an Expression of Interest can be lodged which places you into a pool of candidates all looking to migrate to Australia as a Dog Handler. It is important therefore that you build the strongest possible case to receive an invitation to apply for your formal skilled visa.
The final stage of your migration to Australia as a Dog Handler is your formal application to the Department of Home Affairs after receiving an invitation to apply. At this stage police checks and medicals are required.
The main skilled visa classes of 189 and 190 bring what’s termed Permanent residency Status from day one. Permanent Residency for a Dog Handler means you’ll be able to:
Live and work in Australia
Enter and leave without the need for further visas
Access education for children without contribution
Access financial services
Sponsor other eligible family members after two years
Apply for full citizenship and dual nationality after four years
Yes, with the additional bonus that your partner may not even need to do a skills assessment in their own right for whatever occupation they hold. The rights and privileges afforded to the main visa holder are passed onto partners and children automatically.
Employer Sponsored Visas for Dog Handlers Emigrating to Australia
Dog Handler is on the MLTSSL for Australia which means it’s eligible for the TSS Employer Sponsored Visa and whilst this visa is initially classed as temporary it can convert to fill Permanent Residency Status after three years.
Occupation Ceilings for Dog Handlers Emigrating to Australia
Occupation ceilings dictate how many skilled visas are issued to applicants in a particular year. For 2020-2021 the occupation ceiling for Dog Handlers immigrating to Australia is “1,239”.
The following Australian States and Territories currently offer their weight to the 190 Visa class for Dog Handlers emigrating to Australia
NSW New South Wales
NT Northern Territory
WA Western Australia
SA South Australia
Not usually. The 189 visa class does not require a formal job offer although some States and Territories do require this for the 190 subclass.
The entire point of Australia’s Skilled Migration Immigration program is to have more workers in specific occupations moving to Australia and taking up the vacancies in those positions. The Occupations on the in Demand lists have vacancies in Australia that can’t be filled. There are simply not enough Dog Handlers in Australia to fill all the jobs.
There are currently not enough Dog Handlers working in Australia and they need more.
The Average Salary in Australia for a Dog Handler is $616.90 per week or “$32,079” per Year.
The Average age of Dog Handlers in Australia is currently 32.5 years.
To look for Jobs for Dog Handlers take a look at our Jobs for Dog Handlers in Australia here.
Your spouse or partner as well as your children can come with you. To find out about Australian schools you can read our guide to the typical Australian school day.
Your partner or spouse will be awarded the same rights as you under your visa in Australia. They will be able to work and your children will be able to study.
Take our online Visa assessment to help our visa consultants determine the best path to Australia for you and your family.
We only take on cases where our experts are positive of securing a successful outcome for you and your family.
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