It is always a dream for students to do their internships abroad. It is for better career opportunities and for practice. Being a pharmacist is a full time job thus having sufficient practice and experience is important.  Internships are mandatory for completing pharmacist registration in Australia .

Let us discuss some visas required for pharmacist to start internship in Australia. 

visa 494 

This visa is also known as employer sponsored regional visa. With this , you will only be able to live, work and study in designated regional areas of Australia for 5 years. The candidate must have 3 years of experience overseas. And if you are eligible, you can apply for permanent residence after 3 years of your visa granted. In visa 494 requires the applicants to be nominated by an approved work sponsor in Australia. To be able to apply for a visa subclass 494 you Need to pass evaluating exam (KAPS) and English exam test to work as a registered pharmacist in Australia. IELTS, PTE and OET are some  tests that examines your skill in English.  

Mandatory scores for the English tests are given below

for IELTS – score of minimum 7 for each module 
PTE- minimum 65 percent for each module
OET – minimum B grade for each module

KAPS or knowledge assessment of pharmaceutical sciences is an exam that tests your knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical sciences. Qualifying KAPS Exam is compulsory to practice in Australia as a  registered pharmacist. 

Eligibility criteria for Skilled employer sponsored regional visa subclass 494  

Visa subclass 494 is a temporary visa which allows you to live, study and work in Australia for a period of 5 years and these can be achieved through 494 visa. The following are the criteria’s for applying. 

  • First you require an approved work sponsor in Australia who must have nominated you to work in Australia. 
  • The occupation you are applying for i.e. pharmacy should be your top priority in the skill occupation list 
  • Another important criterion is that you should be below the age of 45 while you apply for subclass 494 visa. 
  • The candidate should successfully pass all the English language proficiency standards as mentioned above. 

Some benefits of this visa: 

  • You can live, study and work in Australia in designated area of regional Australia for a period of 5 years. 
  • With this visa you can travel from Australian unlimited numbers of times until the visa expires. 
  • You are even eligible for a permanent residence after 3 years of visa 494 under certain attach conditions. 

Pharma International institute provides a link between the candidates and approved sponsors in Australia who have cleared the following criteria’s and exams with a contract of 5 years. 

Visa 407 

This visa subclass 407 is to provide a complete workspace based training this can also improve your skill for the occupation you are choosing i.e. pharmacy. Or it can be said as professional development training program for candidates. Visa subclass 407 is a temporary visa which allows you to stay in Australia for up to 2 years. The benefit is that you can leave and re-enter Australia during the visa is valid.

Nomination stage  

In Nomination stage, the sponsor provides details about the nominee in case of pharmacy and gives details of the purpose or type of training and how and where the training will be provided. Before you apply, you need to make sure that your sponsor is an approved sponsor in Australia. And the sponsoring organization also should submit a nomination application. Just like visa 494, the candidates must have a language experience certificate where you need to have evidence of English language thus Clearing anyone of  IELTS, OET or PTE are important.  

  • Skill assessment letter after clearing KAPS exam is also mandatory for Visa 407.
  • OET is an occupational English test, it is an English test for healthcare professionals. OET is developed to cover
    12 different healthcare professions, it covers all four language skills such as reading, listening, speaking,
  • PTE is a computer based English language test for non-native English speakers who wish to study in Australia or any other foreign country. It also tests the reading, listening, writing and speaking skills of candidate.
  • Score required to clear English tests are given below

          IELTS – score of minimum 7 for each module 
          PTE- minimum 65 percent for each module
          OET – minimum B grade for each module

Who is eligible? 

  • A candidate who has complete the age of 18  
  • A candidate who has required qualification either in Australia or overseas or have worked in occupation for at least a year or two. 


If you are a Pharmacist trying to Crack KAPS Exam, Please Contact Pharma International Institute. We are the best KAPS Coaching Centre in India. We offer mentoring till the candidate passes the exam. As we mentioned above , Our institution assists candidates in obtaining internship placement in Australia as well as employer sponsorship for 407 and 494 visa applications.