Initial assessments and renewals: frequently asked questions

Initial assessment application processing

How long is the current processing time for initial applications?

Currently it is taking a minimum of eight weeks for initial assessment applications to be processed. This means some applications may take longer than eight weeks to process. You will receive an email from us once your application has been assessed.

I want to apply for an upcoming written examination. Can my application be prioritised?

No. Out of fairness to all candidates, we are processing these documents in order of when they were received during our remote working arrangements. You will receive an email from us once your application has been assessed.

Why is it taking so long for applications to be processed?

Due to Victorian Government restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19, the ADC was required to close its Melbourne-based office and introduce remote working for staff in 2020. As a result, all mail received during this time was stored securely. We are now working to assess all initial assessment applications and additional documents which were sent between July and November 2020.

We thank all candidates for their ongoing patience and understanding as we work through these initial assessments.

Renewal applications

I sent through my renewal documents and want to sit an upcoming examination. Can my documents be prioritised?

We are working to assess all applications which were sent between July and November 2020. Out of fairness to all candidates, we are processing these documents in order of when they were received.

If you have submitted an application for renewal and an examination application, we will assess your renewal at the same time as your examination application; however, we will not process either application unless they are both complete and include all required documentation, correctly certified. Information regarding the certification of documents is available here.