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    ANZSCO 261313 : Software Engineer


    Software Engineer Job Description

    Developer Programmer interprets specifications, technical designs, and flow charts, builds, maintains, and modifies the code for software applications; constructs technical specifications from a functional business model; and tests and writes technical documentation.


    Software Engineer Skills Requirements

    Skill Level

    • Level 1 or Equivalent

    Alternative Titles

    • Software Architect

    • Software Designer


    • Computer Applications Engineer

    • Database Designer

    • Systems Architect


    Skills Assessment Authority

    • ACS (Australian Computer Society)

    Software Engineer is on the following skill lists:: This occupation is not on the following skill lists:
    • Combined Skilled Occupations List (STSOL MLTSSL) • Labor Market Testing Required for 457 List (LMTL)
    • Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
    • RSMS Occupations List (RSMSL)

    Visa Provision for Software Engineer

    As the occupation features on the MLTSSL as an occupation in demand in Australia, it is possible to apply for any of the visas in the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program.

    Visas in this category include the Skilled Independent 189, the Skilled Nominated 190, the Skilled Regional Nominated 489, or the Skilled Regional Sponsored 489 visas. In addition, there is also the opportunity of applying for several employer-sponsored visas if you have a firm offer of employment.


    Unit Group: 2613 Software and Application Programmers


    The job of a software engineer in Australia is to design, develop, test, maintain, and document program code following user requirements and system and technical specifications.



    Skill Level

    Most occupations in the software engineer unit group (Group 2613) have a skill level commensurate with a bachelor's degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).


    English Requirement

    • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;

    • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;

    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);

    • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


    • Australian Graduate exceptions apply in some states/territories

    • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories

    • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland

    Where mandatory licensing or registration is required, you must demonstrate a level of English sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



    • Algorithm design and development

    • Compilers 

    • Data structures

    • Formal languages 

    • Programming (application and/or system)

    • Operating systems 

    • Software Engineering

    • Testing strategies and methods

    • Artificial intelligence

    • Automata theory

    • Business Information Systems

    • Business Process Reengineering

    • Computer Science

    • Database design

    • Database implementation

    • e-Commerce

    • Human Computer Interaction

    • Introduction to BIS

    • Introduction to ICT

    • Management Information Systems

    • Object oriented technologies

    • Project Management

    • Quality management

    • Requirements gathering

    • Software validation

    • System Design

    • Systems Analysis

    • Web engineering

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