Immigrate to Australia as a Pharmacy Technician


Alternative Title: Dispensary Technician


1. Fills and labels patients’ prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist. May record details of place orders for, take stock of, and store medications and medical supplies and deliver them to patients.

2. If you would like to immigrate to Australia as a Pharmacy Technician, you will need to first decide which visa would be a suitable visa for you to apply.

If your occupation of Pharmacy Technician is on the:

✓ Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or

✓ Consolidated Occupation List (CSOL)


Qualified Pharmacy Technicians Can Immigrate to Australia. This is because Australia has deemed Pharmacy Technician to be an occupation that the nation is in need of. People who are approved to immigrate to Australia as a Pharmacy Technician can be offered Permanent Residency in Australia.

Australia has some high-ranked universities that provide world-class education. These prestigious universities offer a comprehensive program for a Master’s in Pharmacy in Australia. According to the most recent data released by the Pharmaceutical Board of Australia, registration data for the period of the 1st of January 2020 to 31st March 2020 shows that at this date, there were 32,777 registered pharmacists in Australia.

Jobs for Pharmacists are expected to grow from 25,500 in 2018 to 27,400 in 2023, according to Job Outlook of Australia. It is predicted that there will be around 2,600 pharmacist jobs per year in Australia for the next five years.


The average pharmacy technician salary in Australia is $64,358 per year or $33 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $59,463 per year ($23-28 per hour), while most experienced workers make up to $75,502 per year.

Some of the top companies for employing pharmacists in Australia with their salaries are as follows: The Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Terry White, Amcal, My Chemist, Pharmacy 777, Terry White Pharmacy.

Note: In Australia, there are currently no legal requirements for licensing or registration for the occupation of Pharmacy Technician


✓ Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.

✓ Skills Assessment authority for Pharmacy Technician is Vocational Education and Training Assess (VETASSESS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria.

✓ AQF Certificate IV Qualification in a highly relevant field of study AND at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;


✓ AQF Certificate IV Qualification that is not a highly relevant field of study AND at least two years post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years;


✓ AQF Certificate III Qualification in a highly relevant field of study AND at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.

To achieve a positive skills assessment, the applicant must meet the qualification and employment experience requirements.

Highly relevant fields of study include:

✓ Pharmacy

✓ Community Pharmacy

✓ Community Pharmacy Dispensary

✓ Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support.

Skills Assessment for Migration (VETASSESS):


According to VETASSESS, pre-qualification experience for Pharmacy Technicians may be considered in a skills assessment if the experience meets the following requirements:

Three years of relevant employment;

One year of highly relevant employment performed at the required skill level; and The employment experience was gained in the last five years.



✓ Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or higher if the state or territory requires.


To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.

Points will be given to you based on the following:

✓ Age

✓ Educational Qualifications

✓ Points for Professional Year

✓ Points for NAATI- Credentialled Community Language

✓ Points for 2 Year Study

✓ Points for English

✓ Points for Regional Study

✓ Points for Work Experience

✓ Points for Specialist Educational Qualifications (STEM)

✓ Points for Partner

✓ Points calculator:


As soon as you are registered as a pharmacist to practice in Australia, you will have several options and you may apply for General Skilled Migration Visa under subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), subclass 491 (Regional Sponsored Visa), subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa) and subclass 494 (Skilled employer sponsored regional Visa. You may speak with any registered migration agent for further information on type of visa best suitable for you.


Must meet health and character requirements.

Note: To the best of our ability, we give all information in a correct manner, although errors are possible. We cannot guarantee that this information is accurate, complete or current.

Dr. Akram Ahmad, PhD is the brainchild of Dr. Akram Ahmad. He has done his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a self-motivated clinical pharmacist and committed lecturer with over 9 years of teaching and research experience in various subjects of medicine at the leading Universities in Australia, Malaysia, and India.

Dr. Akram is the recipient of prestigious “Best Promising Researcher Award” from the UCSI University (Malaysia). He has also published over 110 papers, book chapters, conference papers including in high-impact journals. In addition to that, he is a reviewer and editorial board member in
several journals of medicine and pharmacy.

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