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Guidelines for Employment Reference Letter

Employment reference letter guidlines

Australian Computer Society is responsible for undertaking your skills assessment on behalf of the Department of Australian Home Affairs. Your ICT knowledge and skills will be tested based on your claimed nominated occupation. Applicants with an insufficient ICT background must undergo RPL assessment pathways. 

An employment reference letter is another important part of an RPL report. Your employment reference letter should give detailed information about your academic qualification. Your work experience should be at a professional level reflecting your skills and capability to be assessed as suitable in the migration skills assessment.

Employment Criteria

  1. Your employment of least 20 hours per week, and that is rewarded can be considered for skills assessment. The employment must showcase the depth and complexity of your claimed occupation. Your salary should also meet the level of skill you’ve acquired.
  2. Unpaid, partially paid, or volunteering services will not be counted as your employment for skill level assessment.
  3. The employment completed after the date you’ve met the ACS suitability criteria will only be counted as skilled employment and the work experience used to meet the suitability criteria will not be counted for skilled employment.
  4. Multiple employment with different employers for the same period: Only one employment episode can be claimed if you are in such a situation. If you provide multiple employment episodes, only the one with the best outcome will be selected, and the others will be tagged as concurrent employment. 
  5. The ICT teaching must be at an institution recognized by the ACS assessment and at the level of AQF or higher. 
  6. The research work you’ve made for your thesis will not be accepted for your employment experience. You need to provide evidence from your employer that states the research work you’ve done other than that which is a direct input to your thesis.

Reference Letter Format

1. Start and Finish Dates in a DD/MM/YYYY format 

2. State your Employment Position 

3. List all the duties performed that will reflect your nominated occupation

4. Describe the roles and duties performed for the same employer – if applicable

5. Details on total hours worked per week 

6. State the country where your employment was undertaken

7. Organization Letterhead along with a signature from an authorized person. Digital signatures are acceptable, but they must be verifiable.

Outside Australian Employment and Australia Employment

Each period for employment inside Australia must be recorded separately in an online application.

Whereas the employment outside Australia also must be recorded separately in an online application if you worked for different employers or the outside Australian employment is broken up with Australian employment episodes.

If you have worked in other countries excluding Australia, under the same employer on an occupation closely related to your claimed field, then this could be listed as an outside Australia employment.

documents required for RPL Report

Payment Detail

Your employment payment evidence, according to your skilled level, must include at least two of these categories.

1. Official tax payment record/document

2. Payment slip including the name of the employer and applicant

3. Insurance records for the employment 

4. Bank statements with salary payments from the employer

Outlines for Unacceptable Work Experience

Parallel Employment

If the candidates perform one employment cycle and another employments episode simultaneously, only one employment episode will be recognized at a time.

Not Closely Related to the Nominated ANZSCO field. 

The roles and responsibilities performed not associated with the assigned occupation are based on the documents’ proof.

Not Assessable due to not enough Documentation

If your provided Documentation doesn’t follow the Skills Assessment guidelines necessities or is not insufficient to meet the assessment standards.

Not assessable due to Inadequate Detail 

The provided documents do not contain enough information for the candidates to make skill assessments.

Example of Employment Reference Sample

Date: 20/04/2021

To Whom it may Concern

This is to certify to Mr. Johnson worked with Intelligent Pathways Ltd. in Sydney, Australia as a full-time employee from Feb 16, 2008, to Apr 20, 2020, as a Software Engineer.

He performed the following roles and responsibilities while in the position: 

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Puth


What do you need to include Employment Reference Letter?

Employment Reference Letter needs to include everything you need to submit in an RPL Form. It is the stale file that you need to submit to the ACS for the Assessment. Following are the factors you need to consider while providing Employment Reference Letter Service: 


A professionally planned and written Employment Reference Letter with a clear set of academic qualifications, history, work experience, achievements, goals, and credentials is how to make an impression with the Australian Computer Society(ACS). 


Applicants need to provide 100% plagiarism-free, authentic content in the Reference Letter. So, that there is no chance of RPL Rejection due to plagiarism.


Proofreading is the method of reviewing the final report to verify consistency and accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting.

Things to Consider for the Employment Reference Letter

According to ACS Skill Assessment Guidelines, every employment reference need to include the following information

1. Employee Dates 

Employment Reference needs to include start and end date specified in a DD/MM/YY format. If your employment is current, you should include the To Date and the Date in the reference letter.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

Employment Reference Letter needs to include all the duties and responsibilities conducted by the applicant in the time frame. And all the performed responsibilities are related to the occupation.

3. Worked Hour

Need to include total worked hours as a full-time or part-time employee. It needs to be 20 hours per week at maximum.

4. Country

You need to mention the country where you were employed. If you have worked in multiple countries for one country, then the employment reference letter will clearly show specific dates in different locations.

5. Company Letterhead and Author Signature

Reference Letters need to be signed by the employee or a person approved by your employer. You need to include the name, position, and contact details of the person with referrals. 

6. Certification

An employment reference letter needs to be certified as a valid copy by an authorized notary.

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