Medical Laboratory Scientist Immigration to Australia on PR Visa

Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213

The Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) has been specified in accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994 as the assessing authority for the occupations of Medical Laboratory Scientist ANZSCO 234611 and Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213. Applicants who wish to apply to migrate to Australia as a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Laboratory Technician under the General Skilled Migration visa categories will need to have their skills assessed by AIMS. AIMS will assess applicants as “suitable” or “not suitable” for the nominated occupation against the requirements it has established.

About Medical Laboratory Science / Laboratory Medicine in Australia

In Australia, most scientific and technical educated and trained individuals in Medical Laboratory Science are employed in public hospitals or private medical pathology laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Scientists:They are normally employed in medical pathology laboratories, and they work in the field of laboratory medicine. They conduct medical laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues and apply knowledge and methodology from various scientific disciplines to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human disease. Responsibilities include the quality and reliability of test results and may include interpretation of these results and the development of new test procedures.

Medical Laboratory Technicians: They perform or assist with laboratory tests on blood, body fluids and tissues in medical pathology laboratories under the direction of medical laboratory scientists and operate diagnostic equipment used in producing test results.

Task includes:

✓ Preparing tissue sections for microscopic examination

✓ Examining and analysing samples to study the effects of microbial infections

✓ Developing techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and respiratory or sleep disorders

✓ Advising Medical Practitioners on the interpretation of tests and methods used in diagnosis and treatment

✓ Setting up the steps and rules of medical testing

✓ Operating and maintaining laboratory and testing equipment

✓ Maintaining laboratory and testing quality assurance and safety standard

✓ Preparing scientific papers and report

How much does a medical laboratory scientist make in Australia

The average medical laboratory scientist salary in Australia is $80,543 per year or $41.30 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $78,933 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $116,286 per year (as per

Steps for registering as a Medical Laboratory Scientists in Australia:

Step 1: Mandatory English Language Test Report

All applicants must provide an English proficiency test report. There are no exemptions to this requirement. AIMS considers the English proficiency test report to be valid if it is received by AIMS, with your skills assessment application, within three (3) years from the test date. AIMS will only accept one (1) of the following English language test reports:

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Step 2: Document Evaluation

The skills and qualifications of applicants who do not hold an AIMS accredited degree will be assessed individually to determine eligibility to sit the examination. The minimum requirements are:

  • That an applicant has completed an acceptable science degree; and
  • A minimum of two (2) years full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate professional experience in a medical pathology laboratory, one (1) year of which must be completed wholly within the five (5) year period immediately prior to applying for assessment will usually be assessed as eligible to sit the AIMS Professional Examination.

Step 3: The AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Professional Examination

The AIMS Professional Examination is a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) paper consisting of 150 single response questions to be completed in three (3) hours.

  • The examination is conducted twice a year in March and September using online remote proctored software.
  • Remote proctoring involves sitting the exam under live supervision using your computer’s webcam and your mobile phone in a suitable location with reliable internet connectivity.
  • The examination consists of seven (7) sections covering the following professional disciplines: Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Genomic Pathology, Haematology, Immunopathology, Medical Microbiology and Transfusion Science.
  • The distribution of questions for each professional discipline is indicated below:

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Questions MUST be attempted in all sections and those disciplines asterisked (*) MUST be passed (i.e., at least 50% in each discipline). To pass the examination overall, 80 questions MUST be answered correctly.

Applicants who are successful in the examination will be classified as suitable for the occupation of Medical Laboratory Scientist ANZSCO 234611 and Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213.

Step 4: VISA options after AIMS exam to migrate Australia

As soon as you are registered as a medical laboratory scientist/technician to practice in Australia, you will have several options and you may apply for General Skilled Migration Visa, this 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently.

Other visa options 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. Subclass 407 (Training visa). Subclass 186 Visa.

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.

Calculate your points:

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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
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