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A Comprehensive Guide on ACS Migration Skill Assessment


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Thurs, 07th September 2023

Lots of people want to move to Australia for a better life and good jobs. If you're in the IT field and want to work in Australia, you need to prove your skills. This is called an ACS migration skill assessment.

During this assessment, they look at your education and work experience to see if you're qualified. If you don't do this assessment, your application won't go through.

In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about the ACS migration skill assessment.

About ACS

The technology sector in Australia is growing fast. There's a group called Australian Computer Science (ACS) that checks the skills of people who move to Australia for IT jobs. Jobs like Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, and more can go through this ACS process.

If you work in IT, you need to pass the ACS skill assessment to get a skilled work visa. If you don't pass, your application won't move forward.

ACS Skill

During the assessment, ACS looks at your skills and experience to decide if you're good enough to work in Australia as a skilled person. They make sure you meet the right standards.

Four ACS Assesstment

Eligibility Criteria

The ACS migration rules can be different depending on your work experience, job type, and education. Here are the main things you need to qualify:

Education Requirements

  • To be considered for the ACS skill assessment, you need an education related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • You can have a bachelor's or master's degree in ICT. Even a diploma can count.
  • If you did some ICT studies as part of your degree (at least two-thirds), that can count too.

Education Proof

  • Your education can give you points, but your work experience matters more.
  • You have to show proof of your education, like transcripts and certificates.
  • Remember, while education is important, your work experience is a bigger factor for ACS skill assessment
Qualification Criteria for ICT Major Duration
Bachelor's Degree A minimum of 33% of the qualification must be ICT Standard 3-year Bachelor's qualification
Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Associate Degree One full academic year of ICT content is required
  • 100% of ICT units for a 1-year Diploma
  • A minimum of 50% of content must be ICT for a 2-year duration
  • Less than 1-year duration is considered ICT Insufficient
Post Graduate A minimum of 50% of the qualification must be ICT For a 2-year postgraduate

Work Experience Requirements

Having work experience in your field is really important. But it needs to be after you finish studying. If it's before that, it won't count. You have to show proof of your past work.

During the skill assessment, ACS checks if the things you did at your old job are similar to what's listed for your job in ANZSCO. (ANZSCO is like a job guide for Australia and New Zealand.)

The amount of work experience you need depends on your degree or diploma. It decides if you can qualify for the ACS skill assessment.

Qualification Level Degree Relation to Occupation ICT Major/Minor Work Experience Requirements
Bachelor's Degree or higher Closely related Major 2 years in the last 10 years.
4 years anytime in the past
Bachelor's Degree or higher Not closely related Major 4 years anytime in the past
Closely related Major 5 years in the last 10 years
6 years anytime in the past
Not closely related Major 6 years anytime in the past
Diploma/Advanced
Diploma/Associate Degree
Closely related Major 5 years in the last 10 years
6 years anytime in the past
Diploma/Advanced
Diploma/Associate Degree
Not closely related Major 6 years anytime in the past

English Proficiency

You need to be good at English. You can take tests like PTE, TOEFL, or IELTS. The score you need depends on your job and the visa you want.

How to Apply?

Here's how you can apply for the ACS skill assessment:

  • Make an account on the ACS website.
  • Choose the type of skill assessment you need.
  • Fill in the online application. Give all your documents, like your passport, transcripts, work history, and a letter from your old job. This letter should say when you started and finished working, what you did at your job, and how well you did it.
  • Pay the assessment fees.

Processing Duration

It usually takes about 8-10 weeks for ACS to check your skills. If they need more info, it might take longer. You can check your application status to see how it's going.

What To Do Next?

If your intention is to relocate to Australia for employment purposes, successfully completing this skill evaluation is a mandatory step within the overall procedure. Seeking assistance from specialists at SIEC could prove beneficial, given their extensive knowledge of Australian visas and skill assessments. They have the capacity to provide comprehensive support throughout the entire journey. You simply need to reach out to them to arrange a consultation.

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